Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Breaks Ground for Henry County Senior Citizens Center

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, August 02, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Dan Bayens

Jason Keller

Homeland security, infrastructure funding also presented

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher visited New Castle today to break ground for the new Henry County Senior Citizens Center.  A ceremonial check for $408,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding was also presented to Henry County officials. 

“With more than 2,600 seniors in Henry County, there is a great demand for this type of facility,” said Governor Fletcher.  “This new center will provide greater opportunity for seniors who are looking to remain active and who seek an improved quality of life.”

The facility will be located on county-owned property at the Henry County Fairgrounds.  The county is contributing a 0.25 acre plot for the construction of the building.

Kentucky's U. S. Congressional leaders continued support of the CDBG program allows the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to make funds available through GOLD to provide assistance to communities for use in revitalizing neighborhoods, expanding affordable housing and economic opportunities, providing infrastructure and improving community facilities and services. 

Wastewater Infrastructure Funding

Governor Fletcher also presented two ceremonial checks for funding that will be used to construct a wastewater force main that will connect the City of Campbellsburg to the new Carrollton Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant.  The city’s existing treatment plant will be eliminated.

“This project will serve more than 300 households in Henry County and reduce rates for area customers,” said Sen. Ernie Harris (R-Crestwood).  “Providing essential and effective infrastructure is one of the most important ways government can help develop our communities.  This funding will help the growth of economic development throughout Henry County.”

The city of Campbellsburg is currently banned from constructing any new sewer line extensions.  The new main, which will solve capacity challenges, will allow the city to accommodate the housing, businesses and industries that are already willing to locate in the community.

The grants are from two different funding sources: $900,000 in CDBG funding and $100,000 in Community Economic Growth Grant (CEGG) funding.  CEGG funding is administered by GOLD through the Office of State Grants. 

Homeland Security Grant

Also while in New Castle, Governor Fletcher presented a ceremonial homeland security check to the Henry County Fiscal Court in the amount of $6,732. The grant provides personal protective equipment to the Henry County Emergency Services and the HazMat Region 6 team which serves Henry, Trimble, Oldham, Jefferson, Shelby, Anderson, Spencer and Bullitt counties.

“This grant will help ensure the safety of the men and women who risk their lives everyday protecting our communities,” said Rep. Rick Rand (D-Bedford).  “I am pleased to see this money awarded to Henry County.”

Personal protective equipment may be utilized when responding to events involving hazardous chemicals or other materials.