Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Fletcher Recommends ARC Funding for the City of Frenchburg

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, May 03, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

            Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today recommended for funding a $500,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant for the city of Frenchburg.  Funds will be used for the Indian Creek/KY 1274 Waterline Extension Project.

            “Clean drinking water is vital to the health of all Kentuckians,” said Governor Fletcher.  “My administration is committed to providing funds for these important infrastructure projects.”

            ARC funds will be used to construct approximately 17 miles of waterline along KY 1274 and Indian Creek Road in rural Menifee County to provide public water service to 141 currently unserved households.  Completion of this project will also allow two additional interconnections with the Bath County Water District for use in the event of an emergency.

             “Many times, we take for granted some of the amenities that many of us enjoy, such as clean water,” said Senator Tom Jenson (R-London).  “This grant award will extend that same advantage to our friends and neighbors.”

            Households that will be served by this project are currently relying upon ground water sources, many of which are contaminated due to failing septic systems and straight pipe discharges in the area.  In addition to the households served, this extension will serve two businesses in the area.

            Governor Fletcher is the current ARC States’ Co-Chair.  As states’ co-chair, Governor Fletcher is responsible for representing the 13 ARC governors before Congress and the Bush Administration; serve as a member of various ARC committees; and provide guidance on policy and administrative issues concerning the commission. 

            ARC is a federal-state economic development program used to meet infrastructure needs as well as to support education, workforce development, leadership and civic capacity building, entrepreneurship, asset-based development and affordable and accessible health care. ARC is federally funded and available to Kentucky’s 51 most eastern and south-central counties. Applications for ARC funds are submitted to GOLD.  The funding status of the project is pending approval from the federal level.