Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Fletcher Brings Infrastructure Funding to Laurel County

Press Release Date:  Friday, April 07, 2006  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Jodi Whitaker
Troy Body

Samantha Cook

Community to Receive $990,000 for Infrastructure Projects

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher and members of the Kentucky legislature visited Laurel County today to make two grant award presentations to county officials.

Officials were presented with a $500,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) check, to be utilized for the Wood Creek Water District Water Treatment Plant.  Additionally, the London-Laurel County Industrial Development Authority received $490,000 in funding from the Community Economic Growth Grant (CEGG) program.

“The citizens of London and Laurel County understand that infrastructure is a key to their vitality,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher.  “My administration is committed to working with local governments in order to provide solutions that meet the needs of the people and businesses within these communities.”

The ARC funding will be used to upgrade the existing Wood Creek Water Treatment Plant from 4.6 million gallons per day (MGD) capacity to 11 MGD capacity in order to enable the county to supply additional water to customers in Clay, Jackson, Rockcastle and Whitley Counties.  This project will also supply water for 400 future customers in Laurel County.  Currently, the Wood Creek Water Treatment Plant serves approximately 15,400 customers.

“This project will not only serve individuals in Laurel County, but citizens in surrounding counties as well,” said Senator Tom Jensen (R-London). “I applaud Laurel officials for coordinating their development efforts in order to serve a regional need that reaches across county lines.”

“This water treatment plant project is good news for hundreds of citizens in a five-county region, providing an opportunity for growth and industry as well as a number of residences that will have a clean water supply,” said Rep. Jimmy Stewart (R-Flat Lick).

The London-Laurel County Industrial Development Authority will construct water and sewer lines needed to serve the 79,400 square foot speculative (spec) building currently under construction in the London-Laurel County Industrial Park #4. 

Construction includes one sewage pump station and upgrades of an existing sewer pump station. The 254-acre park is located on KY Highway 80 west of London.

“This project will enable the London-Laurel Industrial Authority a head start in recruiting an industry to move into the spec building and provide new jobs for the area,” said Rep. Tommy Turner (R-Somerset).

CEGG, which was established during the 2005 General Assembly as HB 267, provides nearly $10 million in grant funds to be allocated during the 2005-2006 biennium. CEGG is administered by the Governor’s Office for Local Development through the Kentucky Community Development Office (KCDO).  The goal of the program is to provide flexible funding to support and encourage the economic growth and viability of communities within the commonwealth.

“This CEGG project not only represents infrastructure, but it also means jobs for the area,” said Rep. Marie Rader (R-McKee). “It is important for our citizens that jobs are available right here in their own back yard.”

Counties, cities, special districts and school districts were eligible to apply for this year’s funding. Monies can be utilized for construction, acquisition of property, equipment purchase, industrial site development and infrastructure and capital improvement projects.

“Both of these projects will serve as catalysts for economic growth and a higher quality of life,” said Rep. Charles Siler (R-Williamsburg).  “I appreciate the efforts of those who have diligently worked to make these projects become reality and appreciate the Fletcher administration for funding these projects."