Governor's Office for Local Development
Bluegrass Water Supply Commission Awarded CEGG Funding

Press Release Date:  Thursday, March 02, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

       Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today announced that the Bluegrass Water Supply Commission will receive $250,000 in funding from the Community Economic Growth Grant (CEGG) program.

The fund, which was established during the 2005 General Assembly as HB 267, provides nearly $10 million in grant funds to be allocated during the 2005-2006 biennium.

“The Community Economic Growth Grant exemplifies what is possible when the Executive Branch and the Legislature work in a bi-partisan manner,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher.  “The infusion of these funds will result in over $99 million in successful projects across the Commonwealth.”

The project involves the acquisition of private right-of-way and one major water booster pumping station site along what will be the installation of approximately 18 miles of large diameter ductile iron pipe from southeastern Franklin County eastward through Woodford, Scott and Fayette Counties to a point near Newtown Pike’s intersection with Ironworks Pike. A large booster pumping station will be constructed east of the Franklin County crossroads community of Duckers. This potable water transmission line would permit the conveyance of potable water from a point of availability easterly to points of need.

The proposed project would belong to the Bluegrass Water Supply Commission, which under Kentucky statutes can and will operate only as a water wholesaler – selling water to water commission members and to contractual partners. The acquisition of property rights is the first phase of a needed project.

The Bluegrass Water Supply Commission is comprised of Fayette, Franklin, Scott, Jessamine, Garrard, Bourbon, Harrison, Clark and Montgomery counties.

The rest of Phase I includes construction of a water line grid connecting the member communities, construction of a regional water treatment plant and installation of a large diameter raw water line from the Ohio River to the new regional water treatment plant.

CEGG is administered by the Governor’s Office for Local Development through the Kentucky Community Development Office (KCDO).  The goal of the program is to provide flexible funding to support and encourage the economic growth and viability of communities within the Commonwealth.

Counties, cities, special districts and school districts were eligible to apply for this year’s funding. Monies can be utilized for construction, acquisition of property, equipment purchase, industrial site development, infrastructure, and capital improvement projects.