Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Presents Checks for Grant County Projects

Press Release Date:  Monday, July 10, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Dan Bayens

Grant County and Williamstown officials receive funding for community projects

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher visited Williamstown today to present local officials with checks for two Grant County projects. The funding for these projects is administered by the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) and the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA).  Checks were for two HB 380 line-itemed projects.

“Improving community infrastructure leads to a higher quality of life for residents,” said Governor Fletcher. “These presentations represent our commitment to Kentucky’s communities, to improving quality of life and to keeping communities and our children safe. This is one of the many ways that we are continuing to move Kentucky forward.”

City of Williamstown Regional Sewer Project

Governor Fletcher presented a $900,000 check to the city of Williamstown for a regional sewer line-item project that will be used to design and construct a new 1.7 million gallons-per-day wastewater treatment plant.  The plant will serve the Williamstown and Dry Ridge communities.

“The proper removal of waste is important to the health of Grant County residents,” said Sen. Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown).  “These resources will allow the construction of a project with regional benefits.”

Funds will also be used to complete the Sewer System Evaluation Survey for the city’s wastewater system. 

HB 380 line-item infrastructure projects such as these are administered by the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA). KIA was created to provide the mechanism for funding construction of local public works projects, in particular water and wastewater.  KIA administers two federally assisted loan programs and two state funded programs.  The agency has approved more than $725 million in loans to Kentucky communities.  KIA also administers funds appropriated for specific projects by the General Assembly.  A total of $656 million in grants has been designated by the legislature from 2000-2006.

Grant County Fiscal Court Lagoon Repair

Governor Fletcher also presented a check to Grant County officials for a $250,000 HB 380 line-item project to repair a lagoon in Dry Ridge. 

Rep. Royce Adams (D-Dry Ridge) said, “Projects like these are important to our community.  I am pleased that this funding is being made available to Grant County.”