Department for Local Government
City of Carrollton Wins Spirit of Kentucky Award

Press Release Date:  Thursday, August 14, 2008  
Contact Information:  Cindy Lanham

FRANKFORT, KY (August 5, 2008) –  Today at the 33rd annual Governor’s Local Issues Conference held in Louisville, the City of Carrollton was awarded the 2008 Commissioner’s Spirit of Kentucky Award for its role in developing the Gallatin, Carroll, Henry and Owen County Regional Wastewater System.  The award is given to the sponsors of a public project that demonstrates cost effective coordination of government resources among multiple government entities.

The Regional Wastewater System was developed as a comprehensive means to eliminate the need for multiple smaller treatment plants and their operating and maintenance costs.  Wastewater is collected from surrounding cities, counties and the Kentucky Speedway and transported to the City of Carrollton.  The project reduces environmental degradation while addressing the anticipated growth in the area, especially around the Kentucky Speedway. 

“We had many valuable, resourceful projects from across the state nominated for the award this year but we felt that the City of Carrollton’s Regional Wastewater System was the best example of a collaborative public service effort,” said Department for Local Government (DLG) Commissioner Tony Wilder.  “Through the cooperation of seven municipalities in four counties, a more efficient way to treat wastewater while reducing costs and benefiting the environment was achieved.  We are pleased to recognize their innovation and teamwork.” 

Nominations for the Spirit of Kentucky Award were submitted to DLG for consideration.  Projects eligible for nomination include those of government, public service, private non-profit or quasi-governmental groups or agencies.  The award is given annually at the Governor’s Local Issues Conference.