Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Delivers More Than $500,000 in Funding for Larue County Community Projects

Press Release Date:  Friday, October 13, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher, Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD), the Governor’s Office for Agricultural Policy and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet today presented ceremonial checks for several grants and budget line-items for LaRue County.

“This funding is vital to the growth and development of LaRue County,” said Governor Fletcher.  “These funds will help make LaRue County a better place to live and work.”

Kentucky Infrastructure Authority Funds

A $230,000 Infrastructure for Economic Development Fund (IEDF) line-item was given to the LaRue County Water District #1 for the replacement of the Buffalo water storage tank.  Funds will be used to replace an existing 100,000 gallon storage tank that has deteriorated.  The tank serves customers in the south central area of LaRue County.

A $100,000 IEDF line-item will be utilized for the North Water Tower Project.  The city of Hodgenville is proposing to construct a 250,000 gallon water storage tank to replace an existing 100,000 gallon water storage tank.  The new tank is needed to increase the storage capacity of the city due to residential, commercial and industrial growth.  The project is intended to eliminate pressure problems for 1,600 underserved households.

A $82,465 IEDF grant will be used for other water and sewer system improvements including upgrading, maintaining, repairing, constructing, replacing and extending water and sewer service, including fire hydrants and industrial parks.

“These infrastructure projects are vitally important to the LaRue County area,” said Sen. Carroll Gibson (R-Leitchfield).  The improvement in quality and service will have a big impact on the region and its citizens.”

Agricultural Diversification Funding

Governor Fletcher presented a check to the LaRue County Agricultural Development Council in the amount of $155,094 in LaRue County Agricultural Development Funds for agricultural diversification efforts in LaRue County.  A portion of the funds are being used for Hay, Straw and Commodity Storage Program and the Technology Program.

Rep. Terry Shelton (R-Magnolia) said, “It is very important that our area farmers receive the assistance they need in order to diversify their crops and move their industry forward.  This funding is exciting for LaRue County and I am pleased to see them receive it.”

The LaRue County Beef Cattle Association, Inc. received $70,000 in LaRue County funds to administer the Hay Straw and Commodity Storage Program. This program offers cost-share assistance for farmers to improve net farm income through employing the best practices related to hay, straw and commodity storage and the utilization of these practices, thus improving feed and straw quality. 

The LaRue County Farm Bureau received $75,500 in funds to administer the Technology Program. This program is designed to improve net farm income through cost-share on technology that includes precision agriculture equipment, animal data management equipment and data collection programs and computer hardware and record keeping software that will improve farm operation efficiency.

Governor Fletcher and the Kentucky Legislature continues to make great strides toward lessening Kentucky’s dependence on tobacco production while revitalizing the farm economy by investing 50 percent of Kentucky's Master Settlement Agreement into the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund.  To date Kentucky has invested more than $216 million to an array of county, regional and state projects designed to increase net farm income and create sustainable new farm-based business enterprises. The Lincoln County diversification programs represent more than 2,548 projects that have been funded through Agricultural Development Fund since the inception of the program in January 2001.

For more information about the sign-up period and the guidelines for county programs, contact the LaRue County Cooperative Extension Office at (270) 358-3401.  To learn more about cost-share and loan programs available in your area contact the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy at (502) 564-4627.

Road Bond Funds

Governor Fletcher also presented a ceremonial check worth $38,000 in road bond funds to resurface various city streets in the city of Hodgenville.

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.