Governor's Office for Local Development

Press Release Date:  Friday, October 20, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

Robbie Rudolph, secretary of Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Executive Cabinet, visited Marion today to present ceremonial checks totaling nearly $1 million in funding for important community projects.  The funding presented included road bond funds for area transportation infrastructure improvements and a grant to expand the Crittenden County Senior Citizens Center.  


“This funding represents Governor Fletcher’s commitment to investing in community development projects throughout the Commonwealth,” said Secretary Rudolph. “These projects in Crittenden County further illustrate the governor’s vision of building strong communities across Kentucky.”


Secretary Rudolph presented three ceremonial checks for funding that will be used to enhance area roads.  The road bond funds will be used in the following manner:


·        $106,000 to resurface Fords Ferry Road in Marion

·        $54,000 to resurface Fords Ferry Road in Crittenden County

·        $500,000 to resurface various county roads


“We are working tirelessly to improve our highway system across the state,” said Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert.  “These projects are further examples of this administration’s cooperative efforts with local governments to improve the quality of life for local residents.”


In the past two years, local governments have received more state funding for their local road systems than at any other time in the history of the Commonwealth.

Crittenden County Senior Citizens Center Addition

Also while in Marion, Secretary Rudolph presented a $331,000 ceremonial check to the Crittenden County Fiscal Court for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) project.  The CDBG funds will be used to build a new 3,200 square-foot addition to the existing Crittenden County Senior Citizens Center.

“As State Senator for Crittenden County, I am glad that we are returning our tax dollars to the community for the senior citizens center and for the improvement of our local highways,” said Sen. Dorsey Ridley (D-Henderson).  

“These projects show the legislative and executive branches are working together,” said Rep. Mike Cherry (D-Princeton).  “I am gratified to see Crittenden County and the city of Marion receiving this much needed funding. The effort to obtain funds for the senior citizen expansion has been a priority of mine, along with local officials, for several years and it’s good to see those efforts resulting in the project coming to fruition.” 

The senior citizen center project includes a large general purpose room, an exercise room, a computer room, a meeting room, an office, restrooms and space for the future development of a senior adult daycare center.  The general purpose room will connect with the existing great room to allow for a greater seating capacity.  The facility will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.

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