Millions in grant money awarded in Harlan County

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

It's a multi-million dollar grant that's found a home in Harlan County. The city of Cumberland was awarded the FEMA grant, but the almost three million dollars will help out Benham and Lynch as well.

City and county officials said they are glad to have secured funding for the grant because it will help eliminate a potentially hazardous situation.

"It's been a God-send for the Tri-City area," said David Kennedy, Harlan County District 3 Magistrate.

The city got word money was headed their way earlier in the week. But they had to come up with $30,000 to receive the almost three million. The city didn't have the money, but the fiscal court did.

"I don't know any town or city in the state of Kentucky that's got money laying around, and this is a much needed project. We are just happy to help," said Kennedy.

The grant will fix leaking lift stations that have sent sewage into the Cumberland River and gotten the city in trouble.

"That will eliminate many of our citations that we've received from the EPA," said Carl Hatfield, Cumberland Mayor.

Hatfield said he is grateful the city is getting the money because he knows not much is out there.

"We were very fortunate in being selected to receive this funding because funding at this point is at a low ebb," said Hatfield.

The grant will also pay for warning sirens and power generators in Cumberland, Benham, and Lynch.

The city will not directly receive the money. The Area Development District will control the funds.

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