Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Announces Nearly $5 Million for Community Projects in Glasgow-Barren County

Press Release Date:  Monday, February 05, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Miranda Thacker

Funds road improvements, agricultural diversification, Community Corrections Program

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Governor Ernie Fletcher announced today nearly $5 million in investments for road improvements, agricultural diversification and a community corrections program for Barren County.  The Governor announced the funding and presented ceremonial checks during the 86th Annual Glasgow-Barren County Chamber of Commerce Dinner at the Cave City Convention Center. 

“These projects exemplify how my administration is working with local and state leaders to improve our highway network and enhance the quality of life for every Kentuckian,” said Governor Fletcher.  “These investments are vital as we build a solid infrastructure throughout Barren County, which will pave the way to new economic opportunities.”

The following Transportation Cabinet checks were presented to Barren County officials:

  • $3,366,904 for resurfacing the Louie Nunn Cumberland Parkway (from MP 9.066 to MP 16.117)
  • $82,389 for guardrail installation on KY 63 and KY 249
  • $928,847 to resurface various state routes

“I want to commend Governor Fletcher for his leadership and his enthusiasm for working with local and state leaders to get things done for communities here in Barren County,” said Sen. Richie Sanders (R-Franklin). “The improvements to be made with this funding represent a good ‘shot in the arm’ for everyone in Barren County.”

“Without a doubt, the funding announced here today is going to have a very positive impact on Barren County,” said Rep. Johnny Bell (D-Glasgow). “This is an excellent example of how state and local leaders at every level can work together for the benefit of communities everywhere in Kentucky.”

Agricultural Diversification Funding

Governor Fletcher also presented a check for $435,847 to the Barren County Agricultural Development Council for agricultural diversification efforts.

Barren County agricultural development funds help operate programs for agricultural diversification, cattle handling facilities, forage improvement and utilization, and dairy diversification.

“The Barren County Agricultural Development Council has continued its support of agricultural diversification by using these funds to help county producers make needed changes to their farming operations,” Governor Fletcher said. “Barren County agricultural development funds create a tremendous impact on the total economy of Barren County and the Commonwealth.”

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 proceeds in the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund.  To date, Kentucky has invested more than $231 million in an array of county, regional and state projects designed to increase net farm income and create sustainable new farm-based business enterprises.

More than 2,745 projects have been funded through the Agricultural Development Fund since the inception of the program in January 2001.

Community Corrections Program

Governor Fletcher also presented the 43rd Circuit, which includes Barren and Metcalfe counties, with $36,500 for the Community Corrections Program.  The program provides community-based treatment, allowing those convicted of crimes to remain in their community, employed and contributing to society while having their sentences monitored.  The funds are provided by the Department of Corrections.

“The Community Corrections program is a vital asset as an alternative to incarceration.  This program provides funding so the courts can offer electronic monitoring, community service, home incarceration and other innovative programs to help reduce the population in the county jail,” said John Rees, commissioner of Department of Corrections.  “This type of a program offers those who have made mistakes a second chance for a successful life.”