Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Secretary Robbie Rudolph Announces Nearly $10 Million in Community Project Funding

Press Release Date:  Monday, August 07, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Shaunee Lynch

Money for city and county projects in Russell, Pulaski and Wayne Counties

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Executive Cabinet Secretary Robbie Rudolph joined Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and local officials today in Jamestown to announce the awarding of nearly $10 million in KYTC bond funds to Russell, Pulaski and Wayne Counties as well as the cities of Jamestown, Monticello, Mill Springs and Somerset.

“These projects represent Governor Fletcher’s commitment to investing in economic and community development projects throughout the Commonwealth,” said Secretary Rudolph. “Providing this important funding for infrastructure and quality of life projects represents our continued commitment to building strong communities across Kentucky.”

The funds will be used in the following manner:

  • Russell County – $5.4 million for resurfacing various roads
  • City of Jamestown – $20,000 for a Jamestown Elementary sidewalk           
  • City of Jamestown – $20,000 for resurfacing city streets
  • Wayne County Fiscal Court – $400,000 for resurfacing various roads
  • Wayne County – $250,000 for Wayne County Mill Springs Battlefield Acquisition – 9.5 acres of land associated with events surrounding the Battle of Mill Springs, significant for commercial development in the area
  • Citizens of Wayne County – $750,000 for KY 90 safety improvements
  • Citizens Of Wayne County – $811,802 for various road improvements
  • Monticello – $55,000 for resurfacing various city streets
  • Pulaski County – $3.1 million for resurfacing various roads
  • City of Somerset – $233,000 for resurfacing various city streets

“We are working tirelessly to improve our highway system across the state. These projects in this region are further examples of this administration’s cooperative efforts with local governments to improve the quality of life for local residents,” said Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert. 

In the past two years, local governments have received more additional state funding for their local road systems than at any other time in the history of the commonwealth.

Appalachian Regional Commission Grant for Russell County

Secretary Rudolph also presented officials from Russell County with a ceremonial check for a $20,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Flex-E-Grant. The funds will be used to secure professional services for the purpose of developing a comprehensive market plan and entrance design for the French Valley Industrial Park.

Russell County has been struggling to recover from the loss of textile jobs which has resulted in high unemployment rates. This marketing plan will help attract new and diverse manufacturers to occupy empty space in the industrial park.

Governor Fletcher is the current ARC States’ Co-Chair. As states’ co-chair, Governor Fletcher represents the 13 ARC governors before Congress and the Bush Administration; serves as a member of various ARC committees and provides guidance on policy and administrative issues concerning the commission. 

ARC is a federal-state economic development program used to meet infrastructure needs as well as to support education, workforce development, leadership and civic capacity building, entrepreneurship, asset-based development and affordable and accessible health care. ARC is federally funded and available to Kentucky’s 51 most eastern and south-central counties. Applications for ARC funds are submitted to the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD). 

Land & Water Conservation Fund Grant for Pulaski County

Also while in Jamestown, Secretary Rudolph presented a $43,380 Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) ceremonial check to local officials from Pulaski County.  The grant will be used to make improvements to Shopville Community Park.

The project consists of constructing a new concession stand and lighting for an existing ball field at the park.  Pulaski County is matching the LWCF grant with $47,650 in local funding. The grant is from the fiscal year 2005 funding cycle.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund provides grant funds to protect important natural areas, to acquire land for outdoor recreation and to develop or renovate public outdoor recreation facilities such as camp grounds, picnic areas, sports and playfields, swimming facilities, boating facilities, fishing facilities, trails, natural area and passive parks. The LWCF is funded by the National Park Service and administered by GOLD.