Governor's Office for Local Development

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, July 18, 2007  
Contact Information:  Lanny Brannock
Public Information Officer

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today announced a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to the Calloway County Fiscal Court for the construction of a new Calloway County Health Department.

 “A well equipped, adequately sized health department is key to helping our citizens lead healthier, more productive lives,” said Governor Fletcher. “The new facility will allow the employees to provide core public health services in an efficient manner while meeting local building code standards and offering ADA accessibility.”

 The 9,950 square foot building will have nine exam rooms, a women’s health clinic room, WIC office, Vital Statistics room, and a breastfeeding room and office space.

 Currently, the health department is housed in three different buildings. Those buildings consist of the health department building, a house used for storage, and the environmental services building, which is located in an old concrete block garage across a busy intersection from the health department.

 The construction of a new health department facility will allow the Health Department to incorporate all their services under one roof, have a larger conference room to accommodate community health education courses and a registration area that would provide client privacy as required by the HIPPA regulations. Total cost of the project is more than $1.65 million.

 “The new facility will give our citizens the ability to get the best possible care,” said Sen. Ken Winters (R-Murray). “Calloway County outgrew the current facility some time ago, and there is great anticipation for a new building.”

 “This project is important because the health of many of our citizens depends on the services they can get at the health department,” said Rep. Melvin Henley (R-Murray).

Kentucky's U. S. Congressional leaders’ continued support of the CDBG program has made the funding available nationally as well as within the commonwealth.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development makes these funds available through the Governor’s Office for Local Development.