Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Delivers More Than $11 Million in Funding for Gallatin County Projects

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, October 17, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Samantha Cook

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher visited Warsaw today to present ceremonial checks to Gallatin County officials for several grants and budget line-item projects.

“Meeting the basic infrastructure needs of our Kentucky counties is crucial in our efforts to build strong and healthy communities across the commonwealth,” said Governor Fletcher. “These projects represent some of these basic needs, and I am proud to be here today to present funding to help make meeting these needs a reality.”

Upper Elementary and Middle School Project

Governor Fletcher announced $8,086,380 in funding for the renovation of the Upper Elementary and Middle School in Gallatin County. The Gallatin County Board of Education raised the necessary additional revenue needed to complete this project. 

The project will serve 700 students in the 4th through the 8th grades. The total area of the facility is approximately 90,000 square feet. The project is expected to be complete in January 2008.

HB 267 Courthouse Renovation Project

Governor Fletcher also presented a check in the amount of $2,229,000 to the Gallatin County Fiscal Court for the courthouse renovation project.  Funds will be used to renovate the existing Gallatin County Courthouse and construct an 8,632 square-foot addition.

HB 380 Infrastructure for Economic Development Fund

Carrollton Utilities received a $1,250,000 HB 380 Infrastructure for Economic Development Fund (IEDF) line-item for the Interchange Sewer System Improvements project.  This project will consist of constructing 17,750 linear feet of gravity sewer collector, 10,000 LF of force main and one regional pump station.  This new sewer system will promote economic development along the new I-71 interchange and new regional airport facility near I-71 mile marker 57.  The construction of this system has the potential to create approximately 520 new jobs for the planned 170 acre development at the interchange and the new regional airport facility.  This project will also eliminate the existing equalization basin at the Kentucky Speedway which will benefit the proposed expansion of this facility.  The project is intended to provide service to 520 unserved households.  The total estimated cost of the project is $2,520,000.

Senator Dick Roeding (R-Lakeside Park) said, “Funding for this project is very important to the future of infrastructure for Gallatin County.  Proper infrastructure means a healthier community as well as more economic development prospects for the area.”

Transportation Cabinet Funds

Governor Fletcher presented a ceremonial check in Discretionary Road Funds for the replacement of the Hance Road Bridge.  Governor Fletcher also presented $39,000 in Transportation Enhancement (TE) funds to the city of Glencoe for their downtown sidewalk project.

“Road development is crucial to the growth of Gallatin County,” said Representative Royce Adams (D-Dry Ridge).  “These funds are going to improve the quality of roads in the county.”

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.

Agriculture Diversification Funds

Governor Ernie Fletcher presented a check to the Gallatin County Agricultural Development Council in the amount of $118,890 for agricultural diversification efforts in Gallatin County. The programs currently being operated with a portion of the 2006 April payment of Agricultural Development Funds are two Menu Approach Programs.

The Gallatin County Livestock Association received $60,000 to administer a Menu Approach Program for the following model programs: Farm Livestock Fencing Improvement, Cattle Handling Facilities, Cattle Genetics Improvement, Forage Improvement and Hay, Straw and Commodity Storage.

The Gallatin County Agricultural Diversification Association received $35,000 to administer a Menu Approach Program for the following model programs: Agricultural Diversification, Dairy Diversification, Goat/Sheep Diversification and Timber Production and Utilization.

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 $222 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 Gallatin County diversification programs represent more than 2,556 projects that have been funded through Agricultural Development Fund, since the inception of the program in January 2001.

For more information on available County Agricultural Development Programs contact the Gallatin County Cooperative Extension Office at (859) 567-5481.  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.