Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Ernie Fletcher Announces Funding for Casey County

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) announced today a $581,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Casey County.  Funding will be used for the East Casey Scattered Waterline Extension Project.

            Kentucky’s families need to have safe, potable drinking water for their health and well-being,” said Governor Fletcher.  “This project will assure that nearly 200 additional customers in Casey County have this necessity of life.”

            CDBG funds will be used to construct approximately 78,000 linear feet (LF) of four-inch waterlines, approximately 48,000 LF of three-inch waterlines, a pneumatic pump with bladder tank and all necessary appurtenances.  The project will serve 15 roads in the most remote areas of Casey County.

            Senator Vernie McGaha (R-Russell Springs) said, “Clean water is one of the most vital components of a high quality of life.  Residents in these areas of Casey County will see a tremendous impact from this project.”

            This project will serve a population that is 76% low income.  The project is part of an even larger effort on the part of the community to expand water throughout the country.

            Representative Jimmy Higdon (R-Lebanon) said, “The contamination of water is a risk to our citizens.  This project represents a step in the right direction.”

            Kentucky's U. S. Congressional leaders continued support of the CDBG program has made the funding available nationally as well as within the commonwealth.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development makes these funds available through GOLD, which administers the CDBG Small Cities program in Kentucky.