Department for Local Government
Governor awards grants for Greenup waterline extensions, law enforcement safety

Press Release Date:  Thursday, August 13, 2009  
Contact Information:  Cindy Lanham

GREENUP, Ky. (Aug. 13, 2009) –  Gov. Steve Beshear today presented ceremonial checks in Greenup for a waterline extension  project and for new body armor vests for law enforcement personnel. 

The city of Greenup was awarded $1,590,604 for waterline extensions that will serve approximately 300 new water customers.  This funding is a part of the $66.7 million the state was allotted through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and is administered through the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA) Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. 

“This grant is a significant investment in Greenup’s infrastructure and in the families it will impact,” said Gov. Beshear.  “I’m proud to announce this grant along with the local officials who worked diligently to develop a plan that will have a positive economic impact while addressing short- and long-term water needs in this community.” 

Factors taken into consideration in selecting the Greenup project were environmental and economic impact, number of households and businesses served, job creation and the ability to be under contract by February 2010.

Eligible applicants include municipal governments, water and sewer districts and sanitation districts.  The loan awards will be structured as 50 percent low interest and 50 percent principal forgiveness.

Gov. Beshear also presented the Greenup County Fiscal Court with a Law Enforcement Protection Program (LEPP) grant for $6,048 to purchase 12 body armor vests.

“As men and women of law enforcement and fire protection risk their lives every day to protect the communities in which they serve, we must show them our support by providing them with the necessary safety equipment and tools to do their jobs,” said Gov. Beshear. 

Under the LEPP, administered by the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS), appropriate agencies can seek financial help for certain defensive items essential in the course of their duties.

“Appeals for financial support always exceed resources,” Thomas L. Preston, KOHS executive director, explained, “but we make every effort to respond with a priority focus on law enforcement safety.”

In conjunction with the Kentucky State Police (KSP), KOHS derives income from sales of confiscated weapons. KSP conducts periodic auctions limited to federally licensed firearms dealers that generate dollars for the LEPP initiative. KOHS then assesses and prioritizes needs and distributes funds for the acquisition of body armor, weapons, ammunition and electronic or muscular disruption technical devices often referred to as “tasers.”