Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Presents More Than $3.1 Million in Funding for Clay County Community Projects

Press Release Date:  Monday, February 19, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Lanny Brannock

Funding for new health department, water projects, veterans’ memorial

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher visited Manchester today to present more than $3.1 million in funding for community development projects in Clay County.

Governor Fletcher presented local officials with $500,000 in state bond funds to construct the Clay County Health Center and $250,000 in state bond funds for sewer line extensions to the site. The health center is expected to open in April.

“The new health care center is an important step toward a healthier Clay County,” said Governor Fletcher. “The improved facility will make it possible for more citizens to receive quality health care services. This project is an example of how local and state officials are working together to strengthen critical public health infrastructure in small communities across the commonwealth.”

Governor Fletcher also announced $2 million in state bond funding for water lines and other infrastructure to ensure that local residents have clean, safe drinking water. The total included $1 million that the Governor presented to the city of Manchester for construction of a water plant and water line extensions. Built in the 1960s, the existing water plant is unable to meet the needs of the growing community. In addition, the Governor announced $1 million in bond funding for Clay County for various water line extension projects.

“Water infrastructure improvements are an important investment in the future of Clay County,” said Sen. Robert Stivers (R-Manchester). “These upgrades will improve services for residents and increase our ability to attract additional industry to this area.”

Governor Fletcher presented a ceremonial check for $400,000 in state bond funds to Clay County officials for improvements to the county administration building. The funding will also be used to construct a veterans’ memorial on the property.

“Veterans and their families need to know how much we value their service,” said Rep. Tim Couch (R-Hyden). “The new memorial will provide us with a way to honor their sacrifice by remembering the names of the men and women in our community who have paid the ultimate price in service to our country.”