Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Presents More Than $1 Million in Funding for Warren County Community Projects

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

Shaunee Lynch

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher visited Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary School Bowling Green today to present ceremonial checks in the amount of $750,000 to resurface various roads in the Parker Bennett Neighborhood and to renovate the old courthouse.

“Making our roads safer is a priority of this administration, and it is especially important to keep the roads leading to our schools safe,” said Governor Fletcher.

“I am pleased that the Parker Bennett area is going to get these funds for much needed road improvements,” said Rep. Jim DeCesare (R-Bowling Green). “It is always good news when we return tax dollars to Bowling Green and Warren County. I also like to thank Governor Fletcher and Secretary Nighbert for continually supporting our growing area.”

“I am pleased to see the municipal bond program being used for the Parker Bennett Neighborhood,” said Sen. Brett Guthrie (R-Bowling Green). “It’s been several years since the roads have been paved. The residents have been concerned and should be very pleased to have a new road that matches the new school.”

Schools in the Bowling Green area recently received a portion of the $1.7 million Safe Routes to School (SRTS) funding. The SRTS program’s mission is to encourage healthier transportation alternatives, such as bicycling and walking, for students in grades K-8. Parker-Bennett-Curry, Potter-Gray, T.C. Cherry, Dishman-McGinnis and W.R. McNeill elementary schools will use the funding for sidewalks to ensure students are safe as they walk or bike to school, educational activities including classroom instruction and to train volunteers at each school and public awareness campaigns.

In the past two years, local governments have received more state funding for their local road systems than at any other time in the history of the Commonwealth.

HB 380 Community Development Line-Item

Governor Fletcher also presented the Warren County Fiscal Court with a $250,000 House Bill 380 Community Development line-item.  The funds will be used for the Old Courthouse Renovation Project.

Line-item funds will be used to renovate the courthouse cupola and soffits, including construction costs, materials, labor, inspection and architectural services.  The funds will be administered by the Governor’s Office for Local Development (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.