Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Announces Funding for Street Resurfacing, Richmond Aquatic Center

Press Release Date:  Saturday, October 06, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker
502-564-2611

Lanny Brannock
800-346-5606
 


Funding will enhance new Lake Reba Aquatic Center, resurface major streets

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today announced nearly $1.6 million in funding for recreation projects and street resurfacing in Richmond and Madison County.

Governor Fletcher awarded more than $1.4 million to the city of Richmond and the Madison County Fiscal Court for resurfacing of various county roads and two of Richmond’s most heavily traveled routes – West Main Street and Richmond Bypass.

“I’ve placed a high priority on roads and infrastructure in my administration, and paving these two major byways is a great example of that commitment,” said Governor Fletcher. “This project will greatly improve travel in Richmond.”

The bypass and West Main projects account for $1,119,000 of the funding announced by Governor Fletcher. Funding for resurfacing of county roads totals $325,000

“These are essential maintenance and improvement projects,” said Sen. Ed Worley (D-Richmond).  “Tax dollars that our hard working residents have paid in are coming back in the form of these investments.” 

Governor Fletcher is committed to providing local communities with vital resources to maintain safe highways.  These critical investments will enhance economic growth and improve the quality of life for local residents.

"These are needed projects and will assist in our efforts to improve the quality of life in Madison County,” said Rep. Harry Moberly (D-Richmond). “I commend the administration for moving these projects forward.”

Kentucky cities and counties have received more funding for infrastructure improvements under Governor Fletcher’s administration than at any other time in the history of the commonwealth.

$65,000 for Lake Reba Aquatic Center

Governor Fletcher also announced a $65,000 Land and Water Recreation Fund (LWCF) grant to the city of Richmond for the Lake Reba Aquatic Center. The grant will fund the purchase of a family slide, equipment, tables and benches for the pool’s eating area.

“Richmond has for many, many years gone without access to a public pool, and the Lake Reba Aquatic Center will be a great asset to the community for generations,” said Governor Fletcher. “Our Get Healthy Kentucky program encourages exercise, and the Lake Reba Aquatic Center will provide another opportunity for citizens of Richmond to do that in a family-friendly environment.”

The Lake Reba Aquatic Center will have a feature-activity pool and a competition pool. The LWCF funding is part of the $5,380,000 total cost of the aquatic center.

The facility, which is expected to draw as many as 70,000 people per year, is scheduled to open in May. The center will offer swimming lessons for children and adult water exercise classes. The pool will be handicap-accessible to allow seniors to participate in low-impact exercise.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund provides grants to protect important natural areas, to acquire land for outdoor recreation and to develop or renovate public outdoor recreation facilities such as campgrounds, picnic areas, sports and playfields, swimming facilities, boating facilities, fishing facilities, trails, natural area and passive parks.  The LWCF is funded by the National Park Service and administered by the Governor’s Office for Local Development.

Applications are available online at www.gold.ky.gov.  For additional program information, contact Jodie McDonald at 800-346-5606, ext. 222, or at jodie.mcdonald@ky.gov.


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