Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Delivers More Than $5 Million in Funding for Fayette County Projects

Press Release Date:  Thursday, October 26, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Samantha Cook

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher, the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD), the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS) and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) visited Lexington today to present ceremonial checks for several grants and budget line-items for Fayette County.

“This funding supports one of the Commonwealth’s largest urban areas,” said Governor Fletcher. “From storm water improvements to homeland security needs, these projects enhance services for the citizens of Fayette County.”

Infrastructure for Economic Development Funds

A $2.6 million Infrastructure for Economic Development Fund (IEDF) line-item was presented to the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government for various water, sewer and storm improvements.  Improvements will include the Green Acres Subdivision.

A $1.4 million IEDF line-item will be utilized for Phase II of the Comprehensive Sanitary Sewer Project.  This project will service all remaining areas not affected by Phase I.

Homeland Security Funding

Also while in Lexington, Governor Fletcher presented a ceremonial check in the amount of $954,448.60 for various homeland security and public safety projects in Lexington.

The Lexington Police Department received $495,185.40 to purchase approximately 50 mobile data computers (MDC’s) and the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office will receive $70,463.20 to purchase approximately seven MDC’s.  MDC’s in the roadside environment are the fastest emerging technology tool to assist first responders.

Senator Alice Forgy Kerr (R-Lexington) said, “It is very important that our first responders be well prepared to deal with the emergencies that may occur in Fayette County.  This funding will provide our emergency staff with the equipment necessary to serve and protect area citizens.”

Lexington also received $19,000 to purchase additional interoperable communications equipment for the area’s mobile communications command center. This year, more than 69 percent of all discretionary homeland security dollars distributed by the KOHS were invested in support of enhanced communications capabilities for Kentucky’s first responders and 9-1-1 upgrades.

In addition, the city received $232,000 in funding for the Lexington Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS). The MMRS is an ongoing effort by the public health and safety community in Fayette County to plan for serious health and medical catastrophes; develop systems for coordinating and providing critical care where it’s needed; and purchase medicine and equipment.

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government also received $137,800 of the grant to support the Central Kentucky Blood Center (CKBC). Currently, the blood center must transport all donated blood to the Indiana Blood Center for testing. The homeland security grant presented today will help purchase the testing equipment needed to eliminate the necessity to courier the donated blood, saving time and funding.

The CKBC serves 59 counties and 67 hospitals and clinics in central and eastern Kentucky.

Transportation Funding

Governor Fletcher also presented a ceremonial check in the amount of $250,000 for improvements at several intersections near the new medical complex at UK Hospital.  KYTC will provide a portion of the funding for the traffic signal upgrades at the intersections of Limestone and Huguelet; Limestone and Transcript; and Limestone and Conn Terrace.   

The intersection upgrades will improve traffic flow and ease congestion by changing traffic patterns and access requirements.  The work is necessary due to the construction of the new Albert B. Chandler Hospital complex. 

Representative Bill Farmer (R-Lexington) said, “These signal upgrades will alleviate some of the traffic issues in this heavily traveled area.  I am pleased to see this important project receive funding.”