Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Announces More Than $1.3 Million in Funding for Oldham County Community Projects

Press Release Date:  Monday, February 12, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Lanny Brannock

Funding to expand senior citizens center, improve water infrastructure and repair road

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Governor Ernie Fletcher today awarded more than $1.3 million in community development funding to Oldham County officials. The funds will be used to expand the Oldham County Senior Citizens Center, improve water infrastructure and repair a road in the city of LaGrange. The Governor announced the funding and presented ceremonial checks during a visit to the Oldham County Courthouse.

$500,000 Community Development Block Grant

Governor Fletcher awarded a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to Oldham County for the construction of a 7,000 square-foot addition to the Oldham County Senior Citizens Center. The expansion will more than double the size of the existing facility and will allow for services that meet the needs of a more active senior population.

“Active seniors are healthy seniors,” said Governor Fletcher. “The expansion of the Oldham County Senior Citizens Center will give our seniors an opportunity and a place to maintain a healthy lifestyle. These community development projects demonstrate how local and state officials are working together to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Oldham County.”

This project includes the construction of a multipurpose room. This room will be equipped to offer volleyball, half-court basketball and indoor walking. The facility will also have a handicap accessible exercise room, an expanded kitchen area and two additional offices for program specialists.  Additional parking will be provided.

“The addition to the Oldham County Senior Citizens Center will provide our seniors with a wider variety of activities to more than adequately meet the needs of this growing population,” said Rep. Rick Rand (D-Bedford).

“This expansion is in direct response to a more diverse senior population, many of whom want to remain active into their later years,” said Rep. David Osborne (R-Prospect).

Constructed in 2000, the existing 6,000 square-foot senior citizens center has an adult day care, large community room, kitchen and administrative offices. The Oldham County Fiscal Court owns the facility and contracts with the Tri-County Community Action Agency to provide services for seniors.

Oldham County is home to more than 4,800 seniors age 60 and older.  Eleven percent of the county’s total population is over age 60.

Kentucky’s Congressional leaders’ continued support of the CDBG program has made the funding available nationally and within the Commonwealth. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development makes these funds available through the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD), the state agency responsible for administering the CDBG Small Cities program.

$775,000 in Kentucky Infrastructure Authority Funds for Water Projects

Governor Fletcher announced $775,000 in state bond funds for water infrastructure improvement projects in Oldham County. The Governor presented ceremonial checks to local officials for $225,000 to replace two water supply wells and $550,000 to install several thousand feet of water transmission lines throughout Oldham County.

These water infrastructure projects will improve both water capacity and pressure for more than 30,000 customers.

“Senator Harris is to be commended for his efforts working hand in hand with GOLD in getting these projects restored for the people of Oldham County,” said Governor Fletcher.

“Repairs to the water systems will bring higher quality services to residents and attract increased economic investment in this area,” said Sen. Ernie Harris (R-Crestwood). “Strengthening our water infrastructure is a key to being able to continue to support growth and development in Oldham County.”

The Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA) is responsible for administering the funding for these projects.

$105,000 in Transportation Funds to Resurface New Moody Lane

Governor Fletcher presented a ceremonial check for $105,000 in Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) bond funds to the city of LaGrange. The funding will be used to resurface a section of New Moody Lane within the city limits. New Moody Lane connects to a new 1,000 acre industrial park and passes through retail and commercial districts. 

“This project exemplifies the Governor’s efforts to work cooperatively with local governments,” said Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert. “When this road is resurfaced it will provide a safer and smoother avenue for business, industry and the general public. We are enhancing the quality of life for people across the state by improving safety and paving the way toward improved economic opportunities.”

“This project is vital to a solid infrastructure for Oldham County,” said Governor Fletcher.  “This county is growing extremely fast, so it is necessary for us to continue to improve our transportation network.”

Work on the project is expected to begin when weather permits.