Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Awards More Than $3.9 Million in Funding for Projects in Laurel County
Funding to renovate downtown buildings, improve water and sewer infrastructure
FRANKFORT, Ky. — Governor Ernie Fletcher today awarded more than $3.9 million in state funding to local officials for community projects in Laurel County. The funding will be used to improve water and sewer infrastructure, restore facades on downtown buildings and construct a new parking lot for the Laurel County Justice Center.
“Strengthening infrastructure is important to sustaining growth in this community,” said Governor Fletcher. “My administration recognizes the important role Laurel County plays in the development of southeast Kentucky. From improvements to water and sewer services to renovations to downtown buildings, these projects demonstrate how local and state officials are working together to ensure economic growth and improve quality of life for residents.”
Governor Fletcher presented a ceremonial check to local officials totaling $3,629,000 for several water and sewer improvement projects. The projects receiving funding were:
- $1,200,000 to the London Utility Commission for sewer system upgrades in the Meadow Lane area. This project is expected to improve service to 78 existing households and extend service to undeveloped areas.
- $800,000 to the London Utility Commission for sewer extensions to 19 unserved areas within the city limits.
- $750,000 to the Laurel County Water District for water systems upgrades along US 25. The project is expected to improve service to 2,000 households.
- $325,000 to the East Laurel Water District for water line extensions in unserved areas along Hwy 80, Conley Road and Hwy 488.
- $300,000 to the London Utility Commission for sewer system upgrades in the Meadowbrook Subdivision. The project is expected to improve service for 24 existing households and eliminate the discharge from several faulty private septic systems within the subdivision.
- $200,000 to the London Utility Commission for upgrades to the sewer collection system in the Cross Keys Subdivision. The project is expected to provide sewer service to 18 unserved households with failing septic systems.
- $54,000 to the West Laurel Water District for water systems improvement projects on Hwy 192 and Hwy 363, Wynn Road, Hwy 770 and City Dam Road, Ward Cemetery Road, Parris Karr Road and Rooks Branch Road. The project is expected to improve service for 5,000 households.
“This funding addresses critical needs in several parts of Laurel County,” Rep. Charlie Siler (R-Williamsburg). “Upgrading our water and sewer infrastructure ensures future prosperity for this area.”
“For far too long parts of Laurel County have gone underserved in regards to water and sewer services,” said Rep. Jim Stewart (R-Flat Lick). “These are services that many of us take for granted. This funding enables local officials to better address the needs of this growing community.”
$150,000 Renaissance on Main grant to the City of London
Governor Fletcher awarded a $150,000 grant to the City of London for façade restorations to 13 downtown buildings. The funding will be used to install awnings, repair brickwork, upgrade windows and renovate entrance ceilings
“The improvements are greatly needed. They will drive people and businesses to our beautiful downtown,” said Sen. Tom Jensen (R-London).
Renaissance on Main, formerly Renaissance Kentucky, is a community revitalization grant program that provides cities with funding to restore and maintain their downtown areas. The grant program focuses on promoting economic development and preserving local heritage.
“The restorations are the number one priority of the community,” said Rep. Tommy Turner (R-Somerset). “The property owners have made a big investment into downtown London. They should be commended for their hard work.”
Façade grant funds are available for certified Renaissance on Main communities through a competitive application process. The façade grant program is a reimbursement program available to building owners within the Renaissance on Main district. Building owners submit applications to the local Renaissance program for a 50 percent reimbursement on façade work to their buildings. Work must be completed and paid for in full by the owner before reimbursements are granted.
“This community will benefit greatly from downtown restoration,” said Rep. Marie Rader (R-McKee). “Restoring downtown facades means more to these communities than just a simple facelift. Economy and business restoration are a major component of the Renaissance on Main program.”
The Renaissance on Main program partners with the Kentucky Heritage Council/Main Street Program, the Kentucky Department of Tourism, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the Kentucky League of Cities, the Kentucky Housing Corporation, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD). GOLD is the agency responsible for administering the program.
$210,000 to construct parking lot for Laurel County Justice Center
Governor Fletcher presented a ceremonial check for $210,000 in state funds to local officials for costs associated with the construction of a parking lot for the Laurel County Justice Center. The project will provide circuit court judges, staff and the public with additional parking and improve access to the center.
GOLD is the agency responsible for administering the funding for this project.