Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher, Transportation Officials Announce Funding for Community Projects in Estill County

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, August 22, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

H.B. Elkins

Money to be used for water and road improvements and substance abuse services

IRVINE, Ky. - Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) along with the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) announced $1,107,000 in community development funds for Estill County.  Chief of Staff Stan Cave represented the Governor and presented ceremonial checks to Estill County officials this evening during the Annual Meeting of the Estill Development Alliance in Irvine. 

“Governor Fletcher is committed to improving local highway infrastructure in Kentucky so our communities can reap the benefits of new economic opportunities,” said Cave. “Our efforts to provide more residents with safe, reliable drinking water as well as tonight’s announcement of additional substance abuse services are examples of Governor Fletcher’s commitment to building strong communities across Kentucky.”

The bond funds will be used in the following manner:

  • Estill County – $300,000 for resurfacing various Estill County roads

Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert added, “We’re always focused on the goal of making the best use of available resources to enhance safety and expand economic opportunity everywhere in Kentucky. The funding we are announcing represents our strong commitment to reaching that goal here in Estill County and all around the Commonwealth.”

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.

“I am very honored and proud to work with Senator Tom Jensen and Secretary Nighbert to complete much needed projects for the citizens of Estill County,” said Rep. Teddy Edmonds (D-Jackson.) “I also want to commend Governor Fletcher for his leadership in making these projects happen.”

Kentucky Infrastructure Authority Projects

Officials also presented checks for two 2005 budget bill line-item projects administered by the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA).  The projects will expand and upgrade water services in Estill County.

A ceremonial check in the amount of $557,000 was presented for the Irvine Municipal Utilities Mount Scratchum Water Extension Project, which will extend waterlines to areas in Estill County that are currently without service.  Funds will also be used to construct a 100,000 gallon ground storage tank, which will improve finished water storage capacity.  A booster station will also be constructed to service the new tank.

Funding was also presented for the Phase 9 Water Expansion Project, which will extend water service in Estill County.  Funds will be used to construct 11 miles of water mains throughout the county.  The project will provide potable water to 60 un-served customers.  $318,000 was allocated in the 2005 budget for the project.  Construction began on this project earlier this month.

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.

WestCare Community Involvement Center

Officials also presented a ceremonial check for $250,000 in funding that will be used to renovate a facility that will house the WestCare Community Involvement Center.  Funding for the project was allocated in the 2006 budget. 

The WestCare Community Involvement Center will provide treatment to residents suffering from substance abuse and addiction.  This is the second WestCare facility in Eastern Kentucky; there is currently a center located in Pikeville.

Line-item projects such as these are administered by the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) through the Office of State Grants.