Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Announces Funding for Community Projects in Green County

Press Release Date:  Monday, April 02, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Lanny Brannock

Funding to construct bridge, improve local park

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Governor Ernie Fletcher today visited the American Legion Park in Greensburg to present local officials with ceremonial checks representing $850,000 in state funds for community projects in Green County.  The funding will be used to construct a new bridge over Russell Creek and to improve facilities at the park. The Governor also presented Green County Judge-Executive Mary Ann Baron with the “Unbridled Spirit Award” for outstanding public service.

“Today is a special day for me,” said Governor Fletcher. “It is an occasion to improve infrastructure, enhance recreation and honor a public servant. State construction funding is being made available to replace the Simon Finn Bridge to further our mission to make our highway routes safer. In addition, funding for the American Legion Park will add to the recreational opportunities for people to enjoy in this area. And finally, Judge Baron has worked tirelessly with state officials to make these projects a reality. I commend her diligence and dedication to improving the quality of life for citizens in Green County.” 

Governor Fletcher announced $700,000 in state construction funds for the Green County bridge project. The funding will be used to replace the Simon Finn Bridge on Bramlett-Kemp Road over Russell Creek with a new bridge at approximately the same elevation. 

“Replacing the old bridge will help to make the Bramlett-Kemp Road safer for travel,” said Sen. Richie Sanders (R-Franklin). “This project demonstrates how state and local leaders are working together to build stronger communities.”

The county will be responsible for all phases of the project, including obtaining environmental clearances and other necessary permits. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) will provide oversight assistance for the construction project. 

The bridge project is expected to begin by summer 2007. KYTC estimates the project will be finished by spring 2008.

$150,000 in state funding for facility improvements at American Legion Park

Governor Fletcher presented local officials with a ceremonial check for $150,000 in state funding for improvement projects at the American Legion Park. The funds will be used to renovate an existing structure on the grounds.    

The American Legion Park is a recreational hub for the community,” said Rep. James R. Comer (R-Tompkinsville). “The funding for park improvements will continue to make this place a positive environment for families to come together and enjoy the outdoors.”

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

Green County Judge/Executive receives Unbridled Spirit Award

Governor Fletcher also presented Green County Judge-Executive Mary Ann Baron with the “Unbridled Spirit Award” for her continued dedication to public service. 

“Judge Baron has demonstrated an unbridled excellence through her work as a public servant and her dedication to giving back to the citizens of Green County,” said Governor Fletcher.

Judge Baron is currently serving her third consecutive term as Green County Judge-Executive, and she is the first woman to hold the position in the history of Green County. 

Judge Baron also served eight years in Washington in the administration of President Ronald Reagan, as well as four years under President George H. W. Bush.  During this time, she served in various positions, including Deputy Assistant Secretary at the United States Department of Commerce, State Director of Farmer’s Home Administration in Kentucky at the United States Department of Agriculture and Administrator of Rural Development.