Governor's Office for Local Development
Slade/Nada Sewer Project Receives Governor Fletcher’s Recommendation for Funding

Press Release Date:  Friday, May 26, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

            Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today recommended for funding a $274,050 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant for Powell’s Valley Water District.  Funds will be used for the Slade/Nada Sewer Extensions Project.  The funding status of the project is pending approval from the federal level.

            “Each and every Kentuckian deserves access to a sanitary sewer system,” said Governor Fletcher.  “This project will ensure that the citizens in the Slade/Nada area will live in healthier communities.”

            ARC funds will be used to construct sanitary sewer extensions that include 4,012 linear feet (LF) of sewer line, 5,920 LF of force main, two lift stations and 12 grinder pump stations to extend service to 56 households, a business and five churches in the area.  The funding will be used to supplement previous funding by a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Rural Development (RD).

             “The citizens of the Slade/Nada area have dealt with the issues relating to improper wastewater disposal for long enough,” said Senator Tom Jenson (R-London).  “This project will improve the quality of life for all residents.”

            The area in which this project serves currently has sewage flows to inadequate septic systems or by straight pipes into ditches or streams, resulting in contamination of a source of drinking water for the area. 

            Representative Adrian Arnold (D-Mt. Sterling) said, “The contamination of drinking water is a serious health risk.  I am pleased that Powell’s Valley Water District received this funding to rectify the problem.”

            Governor Fletcher is the current ARC States’ Co-Chair.  As states’ co-chair, Governor Fletcher is responsible for representing the 13 ARC governors before Congress and the Bush Administration; serve as a member of various ARC committees; and provide guidance on policy and administrative issues concerning the commission. 

            ARC is a federal-state economic development program used to meet infrastructure needs as well as to support education, workforce development, leadership and civic capacity building, entrepreneurship, asset-based development and affordable and accessible health care. ARC is federally funded and available to Kentucky’s 51 most eastern and south-central counties. Applications for ARC funds are submitted to GOLD.