Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Fletcher recommends CDBG grant for Cumberland County

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, October 12, 2005  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Michael Goins
Jodi Whitaker

Burkesville Sen. David Williams, local officials to receive senior citizens center funding

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today recommended funding for a $1 million Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Cumberland County and the city of Burkesville.  The money will be used to construct a senior citizens center. 

The new 8,000-square-foot center will contain activity rooms, an exercise room, a warming kitchen, offices and storage space.  

“Burkesville and Cumberland County officials recognize that the needs of its senior citizens are not being met with the current facility,” Governor Fletcher noted.  “The new senior center will provide a location – next to the Veterans Park – that is service-driven and caters to the needs of the community’s growing elderly population.”  

Governor Fletcher presented a ceremonial check for the joint project on Wednesday to Burkesville Senator David Williams and other local officials.  

Senator Williams said the community needs a new center to meet the community’s growing demand. “Our senior citizens deserve a center that is accessible, clean, safe and meets their needs. I commend Governor Fletcher for allocating these federal funds to this worthy project.” 

The new center replaces one that is in disrepair due to severe drainage problems. The location of the current facility and its limited site acreage makes it impossible to install drainage tiles that would help alleviate the problems.  

Representative James Comer said, “You can tell so much about a community by the way it respects the needs of its senior citizens. These are the men and women who are indeed the ‘greatest generation’ and we owe it to them to do everything possible to make their golden years truly enjoyable. This new facility will provide Cumberland County seniors with the space necessary for healthy activities and even educational opportunities that will enhance their quality of life.”

The new facility, to be constructed on donated land on River Street, will be co-owned by the county and city. The county and city will hold title to the property and will enter into a long-term lease, at $1 per year, with the Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency.

Kentucky's U. S. Congressional leaders continued support of the CDBG program has made the funding available nationally as well as within the commonwealth.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development makes these funds available through GOLD, which administers the CDBG Small Cities program in Kentucky.