First Lady Glenna Fletcher's Communication Office
First Lady Brings Funding for Waterlines and Veteran’s Park to Estill County

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, January 25, 2006  
Contact Information:  Julane Hamon

--Estill County Receives Appalachian Regional Commission, Land and Water Conservation Fund Grants--

FRANKFORT, Ky. - First Lady Glenna Fletcher visited Estill County today and presented two checks.  Estill County received an Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant in the amount of $350,000 for water improvements.  Additionally, a $75,000 Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant will be used for the Estill County Veterans Memorial.

“It is important to the health and well-being of Kentucky’s children that they have clean drinking water,” said Mrs. Fletcher.  “It is also important that they are reminded of those generations who have fought for their freedoms before them.  I am pleased to be here in Estill County today to present this funding.”

ARC Funds will be used to construct 26 miles of waterline to serve rural Estill County.  Funds will also be used to replace an elevated water storage tank, install a master meter, install a pump station and install a meter system to provide improved service to existing customers.

“The ARC funding will provide water service for many Estill County residents as well as improve the current system,” said Sen. Tom Jensen (R-London).  “Clean water is essential for healthy families.”

A 250,000 gallon water storage tank will be built with the ARC funds.  One hundred and three new households will be served and service will improve for existing customers including 3,335 residences and 177 commercial users.

Land and Water Conservation Funds will purchase 13 acres of land to be developed into a Veteran’s Memorial.

“For many years, our service men and women have stood up for our freedom and safety,” noted Rep. Teddy Edmonds (D-Jackson).  “This memorial will be a reminder to all of us of their great sacrifice and of their great heroics.”

ARC is a federal-state economic development program used to meet infrastructure needs as well as to support education, workforce development, leadership and civic capacity building, entrepreneurship, asset-based development and affordable and accessible health care. ARC is federally funded and available to Kentucky’s 51 most eastern and south-central counties. Applications for ARC funds are submitted to the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD).

The Land and Water Conservation Fund provides grant funds to protect important natural areas, to acquire land for outdoor recreation and to develop or renovate public outdoor recreation facilities such as camp grounds, picnic areas, sports and playfields, swimming facilities, boating facilities, fishing facilities, trails, natural area and passive parks.  The LWCF is funded by the National Park Service and administered by GOLD.