Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Awards Boone County Projects
Cities of Union and Florence to Receive Funding
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher visited the Scheben Branch Library in Union this afternoon to present grant checks from the Governor’s Office for Local Development to two Northern Kentucky communities. The funding will be used for several community development projects.
“Providing an improved quality of life for Kentucky citizens is a vital part of moving Kentucky forward,” said Governor Fletcher. “The projects funded by these grants will have a great impact on Union and Florence, and it is fitting to award them as part of Community Development Week in Kentucky.”
Union will receive $200,000 in funding from the Community Economic Growth Grant (CEGG) program for the Union Sanitary Collector System. The city of Florence received a Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant in the amount of $43,328 for the Safety City Facility and a Cemetery Preservation Fund grant in the amount of $2,500 for the Circle Drive Cemetery.
CEGG funds will be used by the city of Union to extend sewer lines to serve 80 entities. The project will eliminate on-site sewage pollution in the streams, install two sewage lift stations, elimination of three individual-packaged treatment plants and provide a centralized sanitary sewer for the Union Town Center, which will serve as a business district.
“These projects are a reflection of the commitment of local and state leaders to the Boone County area,” said Senator Dick Roeding (R-Lakeside Park). “I am pleased to see Union and Florence benefit from these grants.”
Land and Water Conservation Funds will be used to purchase playground equipment and surface materials for the Safety City Facility-Tot Lot Playground Project.
“The improvements to Union Town Center will enhance our county’s ability to attract and sustain jobs through business and industry,” said Representative Paul Marcotte (R-Union). “Through this investment, we can go one step further in ensuring long-term economic development.”
Cemetery Preservation Funds will be used for a fencing project for the Circle Drive Cemetery.
“Our cemeteries are vital in maintaining the history of this area,” said Representative Addia Wuchner (R-Burlington). “This funding will help preserve the Circle Drive Cemetery for future generations.”
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. The fund, 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.
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, infrastructure and capital improvement projects.
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.
The Kentucky Cemetery Preservation program funds maintenance, preservation and restoration activities. Examples of maintenance activities include initial cleanup and landscaping, purchasing equipment, fencing, signage and improving interior roads. Preservation and restoration activities include acquiring conservation easements, surveying boundaries and repairing and cleaning tombstones.
Other activities that are eligible for funding are historic research, archiving, training to support cemetery preservation and improving access roads.
Counties may establish five-member county cemetery boards to apply for grants. State agencies, local governments, and certain nonprofit organizations – cemeteries, historical and genealogical groups, and local civic groups – also may apply. However, applications from county boards will receive funding priority.
The maximum grant that a group can receive is $25,000 and the minimum grant is $1,000, and a one-to-one local match is required.
A five-member state board oversees the program and makes funding decisions. The state board is chaired by the Commissioner of GOLD and also represents the Kentucky Heritage Council, the Kentucky Historical Society, the Kentucky Association of Counties and the Kentucky African-American Heritage Commission.