Competition fierce for lottery dollars

Wendy Hansen and Tim Perales of the Enterprise Hometown Improvement Group asked Wallowa County for $15,000 in administrative moneys for their EM & M project. Photo by Rocky Wilson

The Enterprise Hometown Improvement Group (EHIG) went to the Wallowa County Board of Commissioners Monday morning asking for $15,000 in administrative funding for its Enterprise Mercantile & Milling Building project. They came away with a quote from board chairman Mike Hayward saying, "We will revisit our numbers and see what we can do."

Hayward said that the board receives about $30,000 in lottery dollars annually and already has some $61,000 in requests for the money. He told a gathering of EHIG representatives that the board had been asked for another $10,000 earlier that morning for a GIS mapping program.

The goal of the EHIG group is to rennovate the large, old EM & M building, creating a space for businesses and providing a cultural center for the community. Their priorities now are to complete a feasibility study and raise funds to purchase the building. They have an option to buy the building in December of 2003, said the group's executive director Wendy Hansen.

Hayward said that $12,500 in lottery dollars had already been granted to the Wallowa County Facilitation project.

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