Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Announces More Than $1.5 Million for Grayson County Community Projects
Funding provides for substance abuse treatment, road repairs and other projects
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher visited Leitchfield this afternoon to present city and county officials with funding for several community projects. The announcements included $55,295 for the Grayson County Detention Center from the Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP) to provide substance abuse treatment.
“Drug abuse and addiction are a statewide problem that doesn’t stop at any city or county line,” said Governor Fletcher. “We need to continue to work together to rid Kentucky of this problem – a problem ruining the lives of so many people. If we help inmates prepare to re-enter society by providing job training and treatment for substance abuse, we ultimately make our communities safer by reducing the chance that those inmates will return to a life of crime.”
“If we invest resources while inmates are incarcerated that helps them prepare to re-enter society, we make our communities safer,” said Laurie Dudgeon, executive director of ODCP. We must end the revolving door cycle in our state, where we are releasing offenders from prison, only to have them go back out and offend again because they are still drug addicts. The plan to focus instead on treatment and prevention-education is long overdue.”
Governor Fletcher also presented a ceremonial check from the Transportation Cabinet totaling more than $1.3 million to resurface roads in Grayson County.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has highlighted the significance of both maintaining the quality of our existing roadways for safety, as well as building new routes to allow for economic development opportunities.
Governor Fletcher’s vision includes a modern, accessible transportation system that will enhance the quality of life for all Kentuckians. Today’s presentation of $1,286,837 from state construction funds to the Citizens of Grayson County will be used to resurface approximately 6.7 miles of various state routes, including:
- KY 110 (Green Farms Road)
- KY 720 (St. Paul Road)
- KY 736 (Yeaman Road)
- KY 2766 (Caney Creek Road)
- KY 3210 (Rock Creek Road)
“These funds are a huge step forward for our community in the war on drugs as well as the overall improvement of the area,” said Representative C.B. Embry, Jr. (R-Morgantown). “I am very please that Grayson County will benefit from these funds.”
Governor Fletcher also presented a check to the Grayson County Agricultural Development Council (GCADC) in the amount of $196,648 for agricultural diversification efforts in Grayson County.
The GCADC continues to support cattle diversification efforts in the county. The Grayson County Cattlemen’s Association (GCCA) received $30,000 to support the Genetics Improvement Program, which was created to increase the genetic quality of dairy and beef cattle in Kentucky through the selection of superior sires, either through purchase or lease of sires or through artificial insemination.
The GCCA also received $20,000 for the Cattle Handling Facilities Program, which offers cost-share assistance to individual beef and dairy producers in Grayson County to implement best management and health practices that augment efficient production and marketing opportunities for beef and dairy producers in the Commonwealth.
The GCCA was also awarded $154,000 for the Hay, Straw and Commodity Storage Program in Grayson County. This program offers cost-share assistance to individual producers seeking to increase income by implementing the best practices related to hay, straw and commodity storage. Using these practices will then improve feed and straw quality.
In addition to the money presented today, GCADC and GCCA will use existing rollover funds to complete these projects.
Governor Fletcher and the Kentucky Legislature continue 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.
“This is an example of how communities benefit when different government agencies work together,” said Senator Carroll Gibson (R-Leitchfield).
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 Grayson 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 Grayson County Cooperative Extension Office at (270) 259-3492. 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.
Land and Water Conservation Funds
Governor Fletcher presented the city of Leitchfield with a $40,720 Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant for the development of a Tot Lot playground, which will include equipment for children ages 2 to 5 and ages 5 to 12. The park will also include a group shelter, ADA-compliant restrooms, a drinking fountain, picnic tables, utilities, lighting, landscaping, parking and fencing. The park is seven acres.
The LWCF provides grants to protect important natural areas, to acquire land for outdoor recreation and to develop or renovate public outdoor recreation facilities such as campgrounds, picnic areas, sports and playfields, swimming facilities, boating facilities, fishing facilities, trails, natural areas and passive parks. The LWCF is funded by the National Park Service and administered by the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD).
Kentucky Body Armor Program
The city of Clarkson received $622 from the Kentucky Body Armor Program (KBAP) for the purchase of two officer vests.
The KBAP, established in 1998, allows law enforcement agencies to acquire body armor for their sworn officers. Funding for the program is derived from the sale of firearms that have been confiscated by state and local law enforcement agencies. The program is a collaborative effort by GOLD, the Kentucky State Police and the Division of Surplus Properties. The current state price contract amount for an officer vest is $331 while the average cost of a canine vest is approximately $650.
Applications for the KBAP are available through GOLD and are accepted on a continual basis. Projects are selected for funding three or four times a year based upon need and the availability of funds. Since its establishment in 1998, the program has approved 4,007 officer vests and 33 service animal vests, which represents $1,495,786 that has been sent to local law enforcement agencies. Additionally more than $211,000 has been provided to the Kentucky State Police for new equipment.