FRANKFORT, Ky. — Governor Ernie Fletcher today announced more than $750,000 in community development funding for Rockcastle County to rehabilitate water infrastructure, renovate the Quail Community Park and improve operations at several local fire departments. The Governor presented ceremonial checks to local officials for the projects after speaking to the Rockcastle County Chamber of Commerce.
“Rehabilitating water infrastructure is an important step toward future growth for this community,” said Governor Fletcher. “The city was losing money because of water loss and pressure issues associated with antiquated lines and equipment. These upgrades will enable the city to achieve greater fiscal efficiency and provide better services to residents.”
$507,000 in CDBG funds awarded for water systems improvements
Governor Fletcher awarded a $507,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to the city of Livingston for improvements to water systems infrastructure. The funding will rehabilitate waterlines throughout the city and replace an existing concrete ground storage tank with a 128,000 gallon standpipe tank.
Constructed in the 1950s, the aging water system has been plagued by leaks. The city purchases its water from the Wood Creek Water District but loses approximately 48 percent of it, costing the city more than $22,000 a year.
“This project is long over due,” said Sen. Ed Worley (D-Richmond). “Aging water systems have been a significant financial burden for the city and renovations will help to relieve that financial hardship.”
Kentucky’s congressional leaders’ continued support of the CDBG program has made the funding available nationally and within the commonwealth. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development makes these funds available through the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD), which administers the CDBG Small Cities program in Kentucky.
$110,000 in LGEDF and LWCF grants for Quail Community Park
Governor Fletcher presented a ceremonial check for $110,000 in state grant funds to local officials for renovations to the Quail Community Park. The Governor announced that $60,000 in Local Government Economic Development Funds (LGEDF) will be used to construct an enclosed building on the grounds and $50,000 in Land Water Conservation Funds (LWCF) will be used for several park improvement projects. These include restrooms, playground equipment, fencing, lighting and a septic system upgrade.
“The park improvements are a win-win for everyone,” said Rep. Danny Ford (R-Mount Vernon). “The Quail Community Park is a great place for families to go to enjoy the outdoors and each other. The improvements will only enable it to better serve our community.”
The LWCF is a federal grant program that provides funds to local governments to protect important natural areas and develop outdoor recreation facilities such as camp grounds, picnic areas, sports and playfields, swimming, boating and fishing facilities, trails and passive parks. The LWCF is funded by the National Park Service.
GOLD is the agency responsible for administering LGEDF and LWCF grants.
$90,000 in state grants for local fire departments
Governor Fletcher presented a ceremonial check representing $90,000 in LGEDF to local officials for projects at several local fire departments. The project descriptions and grant allotments are as follows:
· $15,000 to the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department for building renovations.
· $15,000 to the Brodhead VFD for a building remodeling project.
· $15,000 to the Western Rockcastle Fire Department to rebuild a pumper truck.
· $15,000 to Brindle-Ridge VFD to purchase equipment.
· $30,000 to the Mount Vernon VFD and Rescue Squad to help with costs associated with constructing a new building to accommodate chemical stockpile emergency preparedness vehicles.
Transportation funding announcement
Governor Fletcher also presented two ceremonial checks totaling nearly $80,000 to the citizens of Rockcastle County to be utilized for the installation of guardrails along KY 1326, KY 1004 , KY 70 and a stretch of Old Gaudley Road.The Transportation Cabinet will install new guardrail on Mt. Vernon-Broadhead Road, which is KY 1386. The project will begin from .0564 mile east of Purrigsby Road extending easterly to 0.488 mile west of Little Creek Culvert. The estimated cost of the project is $37,430.
Work crews will soon install new guardrail on KY 1004 along mile post 3.566 to 3.665. This project starts from the east end of Rounstone Creek Bridge extending to Briarfield Cemetery Road for a length of approximately 0.1 miles. The estimated cost of the project is $14,625.
The third guardrail project will begin on Broadhead-Eubank Road, which is KY 70. This project will begin approximately 150 feet east of Brushy Creek Bridge extending easterly 5.067 miles. The estimated cost of the project is $10,902.
The last project will take place on a stretch of Old Gaudley Road in rural Rockcastle County near the KY 1955 intersection for approximately 0.105 miles. The estimated cost of the project is $13,688.
In sum, the guardrail projects are a $ $76,645 investment that is being paid for by state construction funds.
“These projects are prime examples of the Governor’s efforts to work cooperatively with local leaders to build stronger communities across the state,” concluded Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert. “We are enhancing the quality of life for people across the state by improving safety and paving the way toward improved economic opportunities.”