Governor's Office for Local Development

Press Release Date:  Friday, October 12, 2007  
Contact Information:  Lanny Brannock
Public Information Officer

Also announces Renaissance on Main funding for city of Guthrie

FRANKFORT, Ky. — On behalf of Governor Ernie Fletcher, his chief of staff, Stan Cave, today announced an $800,000 Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA) grant to the Logan-Todd Regional Water Commission for an expansion and upgrade of its water treatment plant and replacement of the filtration system.

The treatment plant is being expanded to increase capacity by 12 million gallons per day, allowing for sale of more water to surrounding systems.

“The Logan-Todd System is extremely unique and forward-thinking, and this grant will expand its reach to more customers,” Governor Fletcher said. “This financial aid will provide for clean, safe drinking water at an affordable cost to the customers of the Logan-Todd System.” 

Twelve small water systems consolidated in 1998 to form the Logan-Todd regional system, which now serves 45,000 people. In Logan County, it serves Russellville, Auburn, Lewisburg, Adairville, the East Logan and North Logan water districts and the South Logan Water Association. In Todd County, it serves Elkton, Guthrie, Trenton and the Todd County Water District. It also serves Oak Grove in Christian County.

$150,000 for Renaissance on Main Project in Guthrie

Cave also announced a $150,000 Renaissance on Main grant to the city of Guthrie for Phase III of a Streetscape project in the city’s historic downtown.

“Renaissance on Main is designed to stimulate growth and development,” said Governor Fletcher.  “Completing the first two phases of this project has already made Guthrie more pedestrian-friendly and improved the local economy.”

The new funding will allow for completion of sidewalk renovations on Guthrie’s main thoroughfare,  Ewing Street, and Cherry, Kendall, East Park, Third and Second Streets. Lamp posts and street furniture also will be added. 

“This impressive project will continue to spur economic growth and development in the area,” said Senator Joey Pendleton (D-Hopkinsville). “This has been a much-needed, worthwhile endeavor for Guthrie.”

The streetscape improvements will provide parking and sidewalk access to downtown business owners, visitors and employees. The community of 1,700 has an extremely busy main street due to its proximity to Interstate 24 and the Tennessee/Kentucky border.

“These renovations will encourage more individuals to visit downtown Guthrie,” said Rep. Sheldon Baugh (R-Russellville). “I am excited to see this significant community project come to its completion.”

Renaissance on Main rewards communities that take steps to revitalize and maintain vibrant, economically-sound development in Kentucky’s downtown areas. The program partners with the Kentucky Heritage Council/Main Street Program, Kentucky Department of Tourism, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Kentucky League of Cities, Kentucky Housing Corp., Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati and the Governor’s Office for Local Development, which administers the program. For information, visit