Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) announced Friday that Anderson County will receive $972,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for a water expansion project.
“Safe, reliable drinking water must be a cornerstone for every community in the Commonwealth, and my administration is committed to meeting that goal,” said Governor Fletcher. “This project will enable 95 percent of Anderson county residents to have the water service. A solid water infrastructure will allow Anderson County to grow and prosper as a better place to live, work, and raise families.”
The project consists of the construction of about 34 miles of water line to serve nine areas of west Anderson County. A 50,000 gallon elevated water storage tank and a booster pump station will also be constructed.
During a ceremony Friday at the Anderson County courthouse, GOLD Deputy Commissioner Cordell Lawrence delivered a ceremonial check to local officials on behalf of Governor Fletcher.
GOLD Commissioner Darrell Brock said sufficient infrastructure is fundamental to successful economic development recruitment. “Business and industry will not locate in communities where adequate infrastructure is not available. It’s that simple. Local officials have demonstrated leadership in putting together this nearly $2 million project and we are pleased to be a partner.”
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development makes funds available to local communities through GOLD, the agency that administers the CDBG Small Cities program in Kentucky.