Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Delivers Funding for Meade County Community Projects

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, November 01, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Samantha Cook

Will better equip first responders and improve park facilities

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher, together with representatives of the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) and the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security, visited Meade County today to present ceremonial checks for community projects.

“The funding we present today will improve public safety through 9-1-1 and first responder communications upgrades for Meade County. Keeping our communities safe in the time of need is a top priority,” said Governor Fletcher. “In addition, because of efficient management, we are able to make funding available for improvements to the Flaherty Community Park that all can enjoy.”

Homeland Security Funding

Governor Fletcher today presented the Meade County Fiscal Court with a ceremonial homeland security check in the amount of $123,569.67 for two public safety projects in the county.

The Meade County 9-1-1 Center will receive $99,901.67 to upgrade countywide dispatching capabilities. This funding will assist in the purchase of a computer-aided dispatch system to enable the center to reach Phase II 9-1-1 compliance – the ability to determine the exact location of a cell phone caller anywhere in the county.

Additionally, first-response agencies in Meade County will receive $23,668 toward the purchase of mobile data computers. They enable responders to send and receive critical and timely reports while on the road and provide a redundant means of communication beyond voice radio.

This year, more than 69 percent of discretionary funds distributed by the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security were invested to enhance communications for Kentucky’s first responders and to upgrade 9-1-1 systems. Kentucky has invested a total of $6.47 million in state homeland security funds to purchase mobile data computers for first responders in 2006.

Senator Carroll Gibson (R-Leitchfield) said, "Our first responders need the most up-to-date equipment possible in order to protect our families.  This funding will ensure that Meade County officials have that equipment.”

Community Funds

Governor Fletcher also presented a check to the Meade County Fiscal Court.  The $52,331 in Community Funds will be used to make improvements to the Flaherty Community Park.

Project funds will be used to purchase lights for the Babe Ruth ball field and to redevelop an outdated playground area.  The community, through contributions and fiscal court commitments, has raised over $57,000 for this project.

Representative Gerald Lynn (R-Brandenburg) said, “This park is so important to the citizens of this community.  I have worked closely with state officials to see that this project receives the funding necessary to make these vital improvements.”

Thanks to streamlining and efficiency efforts in GOLD, the office had an excess of monies in its general fund.  These funds may be allocated as essential or gap funding for projects that may not otherwise be eligible for grant funding from GOLD administered programs, giving the money back to the community.

Funds are given based on availability and administered by GOLD.

Beech Bend Road Upgrade

Governor Fletcher also presented a check to the Warren County Fiscal Court in the amount of $300,000 to upgrade the county road leading into Beech Bend Park in Warren County. The project is expected to be completed by the Spring of 2007.