Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Fletcher Awards CEGG Funding to Wayne County

Press Release Date:  Saturday, April 29, 2006  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Jodi Whitaker
Troy Body

Community to Receive $250,000 for EMS Building Project

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher visited Wayne County today to present county officials with $250,000 in funding from the Governor’s Office for Local Development’s Community Economic Growth Grant program (CEGG).

“The current EMS facility for Wayne County is in dire need of repairs and is not conducive for quality service,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher.  “This facility will provide the best service for Wayne County residents.”

The Wayne County Fiscal Court will construct a 6,958 square-foot pre-engineered metal building in addition to a 1,000 square-foot basement on county-owned property to serve as the Wayne County Emergency Medical Services building. The new building will have four double bay doors, crew lounge, kitchen, bunk spaces, dispatch area and equipment storage areas. A classroom, basement, office space and decontamination area will also be included.

“This EMS facility is important to the well-being of the citizens of Wayne County,” said Senate President David L. Williams (R-Burkesville). “The building will improve the quality and timeliness of response capabilities.”

Representative Ken Upchurch (R-Monticello) said, “The current facility does not meet the needs of the EMS crew or of the residents within the county.  I am pleased to see Wayne County receive this funding which is so important to the health of county residents.”

CEGG is administered by the Governor’s Office for Local Development through the Kentucky Community Development Office.  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.