Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Awards Funding for Augusta and Germantown

Press Release Date:  Monday, June 12, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Cities receive funding that ensures increased capital

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) visited the city of Augusta to announce a $438,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the city and a $400,000 Community Economic Growth Grant (CEGG) for the city of Germantown.  The CDBG funding will be used for a new community center. The CEGG funding will be used for the Germantown Sewer Project.

“The CDBG program has created a future for communities to rehabilitate and revive buildings like the proposed Augusta Community Center,” said Governor Fletcher.  “These programs will touch many citizens in these two communities, fulfilling the intent of community-based funding.”

CDBG funds will be used to renovate a dilapidated 2,000 square-foot building located at the corner of Second and Bracken Streets in the city’s renaissance district.  The city also proposes to demolish an existing two-story house attached to the building and construct a new 660 square-foot, single-story addition.  The building, known as Legion Hall, will be converted to an ADA compliant community center with plans to use the 2,000 square-foot area as an open meeting room and the 660 square-foot addition as a conference room with a lobby area and restroom facilities. The project is expected to maintain the historically features of the original Legion Hall.

“This grant announcement is pleasing to us all,” said Sen. Charlie Borders (R-Grayson). “I applaud the efforts of community leaders and state officials who have worked diligently to improve the city of Augusta – this was a team effort.  These dollars combined with the $100,000 the legislature placed in the budget for the community center and the $375,000 for the Germantown water and sewer project have enabled these projects to become a reality.”

The city of Germantown is requesting funds for sewer system improvements to serve the city of Germantown and the communities of Fernleaf and Highland Heights. The customer base for this system includes commercial, industrial, retail and residential customers. The new system will replace current of septic systems.

Rep. Mike Denham (D-Maysville) said, “The Germantown Sewer Project has received funding from several sources, including a Community Development Block Grant.  This combination of funds has made this project successful.”

Kentucky’s U. S. Congressional leaders continued support of the CDBG program has made 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.

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, provided 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.