Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development Announce Body Armor and Cemetery Preservation Funding for Barren County

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, November 01, 2005  
Contact Information:  Colleen Blouin
Public Information Officer

            Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) announced today a $3,310 Body Armor grant for the Glasgow Police Department and a $2,000 Cemetery Preservation Grant for the Burton and McDaniel cemeteries.  Senator Richie Sanders, Jr. and Representative Steve Nunn were on-hand to present the checks on behalf of Governor Fletcher.

            GOLD Commissioner Ellen Williams said, “Funding projects like these is very important to the people of a community.  I am pleased that this administration chose to award these grants to Glasgow and Barren County residents.”

            Body armor funding will provide the Glasgow Police Department with 10 body armor units. 

             "The protection of our uniformed officers is vital to the well-being of a community," said Senator Sanders.  "I applaud this administration for providing the Glasgow Police Department with this funding for their security."

            Cemetery Preservation Funds will be provided to the Burton Cemetery for initial cleanup, fencing restoration and signage.  Funds will also be given to McDaniel Cemetery for initial cleanup, tombstone repair and signage.

            "Cemeteries have long provided our communities with a way to reflect and remember the legacies of our ancestors. Preserving our cemeteries has to remain a priority," noted Representative Nunn. "This grant funding preserves that history so it can be enjoyed by generations to come."

            The Kentucky Body Armor Program, established in 1998, allows law enforcement agencies to acquire body armor for their sworn officers.  Funding for the program is derived from the sale of firearms that have been confiscated by state and local law enforcement agencies.  The Kentucky State Police receives these weapons and transfers them to the state's Division of Surplus Property, which in turn sells them at public auction to federally licensed firearms dealers.  The program is a collaborative effort by the Governor's Office for Local Development (GOLD), the Kentucky State Police and the Division of Surplus Equipment. The current state price contract amount for an officer vest is $331.00 while the average cost of a canine vest is approximately $650.00.

            Applications for the Kentucky Body Armor Program are available through the Governor's Office for Local Development and are accepted on a continual basis.  Projects are selected for funding three or four times a year based on need and the availability of funds.  Since its establishment in 1998, the program has approved 3,171 officer vests and 17 service animal vests.  This represents $1,208,671 that has been sent to local law enforcement agencies.  Additionally over $211,000 has been provided to the Kentucky State Police for new equipment.  The Kentucky Body Armor Program is administered by the Governor’s Office for Local Development.

                The State Flood Control Matching Grant Program provides grant funding to help meet cost-share match requirements associated with projects funded by the United States Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.  The type of projects previously funded included small dam reconstruction, acquisition and relocation of homes from flood prone areas, debris removal created by tornadoes and construction of floodwalls and elevation of structures above the floodplain.  The fund has also been used to participate in flood studies for future projects.  Funding is available to cities, counties and special districts.  The State Flood Control Matching Grant Program is administered by the Governor’s Office for Local Development.

            The Kentucky Cemetery Preservation program funds maintenance, preservation and restoration activities.  Examples of maintenance activities include initial cleanup and landscaping, purchasing equipment, fencing, signage and improving interior roads. Preservation and restoration activities include acquiring conservation easements, surveying boundaries and repairing and cleaning tombstones.

Other activities that are eligible for funding are historic research, archiving, training to support cemetery preservation and improving access roads.

Counties may establish five-member county cemetery boards to apply for grants. State agencies, local governments, and certain nonprofit organizations – cemeteries, historical and genealogical groups, and local civic groups – also may apply. However, applications from county boards will receive funding priority.

The maximum grant that a group can receive is $25,000 and the minimum grant is $1,000, and a one-to-one local match is required.

A five-member state board oversees the program and makes funding decisions. The state board is chaired by the Commissioner of GOLD and also represents the Kentucky Heritage Council, the Kentucky Historical Society, the Kentucky Association of Counties and the Kentucky African-American Heritage Commission.