Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Announces Nearly $1 Million in Funding for Community Projects in Breckinridge County

Press Release Date:  Thursday, March 22, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Lanny Brannock

Funding to improve senior citizen centers, water infrastructure, highway safety

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Governor Ernie Fletcher today announced nearly $1 million in funding for community development projects in Breckinridge County. The funds will be used to improve facilities at senior citizen centers, extend water lines, resurface sections of KY 105 and purchase body armor for law enforcement officers. The Governor presented ceremonial checks to local officials during a visit to the Hardinsburg Community Center.

Governor Fletcher announced $350,000 in state funds for improvement projects at the Breckinridge County senior citizen centers in Hardinsburg and Irvington. The funding will be used for costs associated with building expansion and renovations at the Hardinsburg facility, and financial assistance related to the construction of the new Irvington facility.

“The improvements to the Hardinsburg and Irvington senior citizen centers will enable the community to provide seniors with better places to have more activities,” said Governor Fletcher. “As our population ages, it is critical that we invest in facilities that enable our seniors to be more active and healthy.”

“This funding demonstrates how local and state officials are working together to improve the quality of life for our senior population in Breckinridge County,” said Sen. Carroll Gibson (R-Leitchfield).

The Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) is the agency responsible for administering the funds.

$185,000 in state funds for water infrastructure improvement projects

Governor Fletcher presented ceremonial checks to local officials totaling $185,000 in state funds for water infrastructure improvement projects. The Governor announced $100,000 will be used for a two-mile waterline extension along Ephesus Church Road and $85,000 will be used for a one-mile waterline extension along Tules Creek Road.

“The waterline extension projects will allow for additional residents to access the Hardinsburg water system,” said Rep. Dwight Butler (R-Harned). “Strengthening our water infrastructure is a key component to supporting continued community growth.”

The Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA) will be the agency responsible for administering the funds.

More than $400,000 in state transportation funds to resurface KY 105

Governor Fletcher presented a ceremonial check totaling $444,089 to the citizens of Breckinridge County for the resurfacing of portions of KY 105 known as the McQuady and Cloverport roads.

“Highway safety is a top priority in my administration, and I am committed to protecting the lives of all Kentuckians,” said Governor Fletcher.  “This funding will allow for the much-needed repaving of these roads in rural Breckinridge County.”

Work crews will begin to resurface KY 105 on McQuady Road from KY 79 extending north to KY 261, which is 5.61 miles.  In addition, asphalt crews will resurface Cloverport Road from US 60 extending north 0.89 miles. The nearly half-million-dollar investment is being paid for by state construction funds. 

“These projects are prime examples of the Governor’s efforts to work with local leaders to build stronger communities,” said Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert.  “We are enhancing the quality of life for people across the state by improving our highway network.” 

Local law enforcement agencies receive body armor funding

Governor Fletcher presented the Hardinsburg Police Department and the Breckinridge County Sheriff’s Department with $1,655 in grant funding from the Kentucky Body Armor Program for the purchase of protective vests for officers. Officers from both departments were on hand to accept the ceremonial check from the Governor.

The Breckinridge County Sheriff’s Department received $331 for the purchase of one protective vest. The Hardinsburg Police Department received $1,324 for the purchase of four protective vests.

The Kentucky Body Armor Program, a collaborative effort of GOLD, the Kentucky State Police and the Kentucky Division of Surplus Equipment, is funded through the sale of firearms that have been confiscated by state and local law enforcement agencies.

Applications for the Kentucky Body Armor Program are available through GOLD and are accepted on a continuous basis.  Projects are selected for funding three to four times a year based on need and the availability of funds. 

Since its establishment in 1998, the program has approved funding for 4,153 officer vests and 35 service animal vests, representing an investment of more than $1.5 million in the safety of local law enforcement officers across the commonwealth. In addition, approximately $211,000 has been provided to the Kentucky State Police for the purchase of new equipment.