Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Presents Funding for Community Projects in Ohio County

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

Dan Bayens

Doug Hogan

Funds will improve infrastructure, roads

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher visited Beaver Dam today to present a ceremonial check to local officials for $2 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding.  The grant is a key component of the Ohio County Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility Project, which will rehabilitate the area’s wastewater collection system.

“Establishing quality infrastructure is necessary to meet the growing demand in Kentucky communities and to encourage expansion and growth,” said Governor Fletcher.  “This administration remains committed to implementing projects that not only serve the immediate needs of citizens, but also lay the groundwork for future success.”

The project consists of the construction of a 2.0 MGD wastewater treatment plant that will serve the communities of Beaver Dam, Hartford and Centertown.  The plant will also serve the Bluegrass Crossings Business Centre, a regional industrial park. 

“Ohio County’s wastewater system has long required a substantial upgrade,” said Senator Jerry Rhoads (D-Madisonville).  “This project, which will serve nearly 3,000 customers, will address that need and greatly enhance the infrastructure in the area.”

The new treatment facility will be constructed on landfill property donated by the Ohio County Fiscal Court.  Three existing municipal wastewater treatment plants will be eliminated.  Four pump stations will also be constructed.

“It is important that we commit resources to improve infrastructure in Kentucky communities,” said Representative Tommy Thompson (D-Owensboro).  “This new facility will improve the quality of life for everyone living in Ohio County.”

The total cost of the project is nearly $14 million.  Funding has been committed from several federal and state government grant programs.

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 the Governor’s Office for Local Development (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.

Transportation Funding

Governor Fletcher also made several significant transportation funding announcements while in Ohio County. The Governor presented local officials with a ceremonial check for $3,561,197 from the state construction fund.  The money will be used for Western Kentucky Parkway pavement rehabilitation and for the resurfacing of various state routes in the county.

Governor Fletcher also presented local leaders with a ceremonial check for $16,142,830 from Federal National Highway Funds.  The money will be used for asphalt overlay projects on the Natcher Parkway.

The Governor also announced that $434,000 in Transportation Cabinet bond funding has been approved for Ohio County and the city of Hartford.  The governor presented ceremonial checks to local officials.

The funds will be used in the following manner:

  • Ohio County – $400,000 for resurfacing various roads
  • City of Hartford – $34,000 for Liberty and McCreary Street resurfacing

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.