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

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

Dan Bayens

Projects will help upgrade water infrastructure, upgrade façade

FRANKFORT, Ky. – During a visit to Georgetown today to speak to the Georgetown/Scott County Chamber of Commerce, Governor Ernie Fletcher presented local officials with funding for several community projects. The checks, administered by the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) and the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA), were for two line-item water infrastructure upgrade projects and a Renaissance on Main façade improvement project.

“These projects will have a significant impact on the quality of life in Scott County,” said Governor Fletcher.  “This funding meets two needs. One is a highly visible part of the community and the other is water infrastructure, which is often unnoticed but absolutely essential. Projects like these are important efforts to beautify our downtown areas and provide safe, reliable drinking water to citizens.”

City of Sadieville Water Systems Improvement Project

Governor Fletcher presented a check for $2.5 million to the city of Sadieville for a water systems improvement line-item project that will provide for the replacement of the city’s aging wastewater system.  The funding will also provide regional water treatment access to existing and future development and will facilitate the transfer of all sewage flow from Sadieville to the city of Georgetown.

“This funding will ensure that Sadieville has the infrastructure necessary to provide quality service to an ever-growing number of customers,” said Sen. Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown).  “I am excited to see that this community will have these new resources available.”

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

Budgeted line-item infrastructure projects such as these are administered by KIA.  The Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (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.

Scott County Reservoir Project

Governor Fletcher also presented a check to Scott County officials for a $500,000 budgeted line-item project that will expand the county’s reservoir.  The new 285-acre water supply is needed to supplement future water deficits and will also be used as an alternate source when others are contaminated.  The project is administered by KIA.

City of Georgetown Façade Improvements

In addition to the water improvement projects, Governor Fletcher presented $113,651 in Renaissance on Main funding to the city of Georgetown to be used by downtown businesses for façade improvements.  The grant will help restore the fronts of eight different downtown buildings.

“As a long-time resident of Georgetown, I know how hard city officials have worked to promote the downtown area,” said Rep. Charlie Hoffman (D-Georgetown).  “This grant will make it an even more attractive place to both live and visit.”

Renaissance on Main, formerly Renaissance Kentucky, is a downtown revitalization effort that provides communities funding in order to restore and maintain their downtown areas.  The program is focused on economic development and job creation.  There are two classifications of cities:  Certified and Candidate.  Georgetown is a Certified Renaissance on Main city.

The Renaissance on Main program partners with the Kentucky Heritage Council/Main Street Program, the Kentucky Department of Tourism, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the Kentucky League of Cities, the Kentucky Housing Corporation, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati and the Governor’s Office for Local Development, the agency responsible for administering the program.