Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Ernie Fletcher Gives Funding to Adair County Residents

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, August 24, 2005  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

            Governor Ernie Fletcher, the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) and the Kentucky Office for Homeland Security announced today a $4,969 Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant recommended for funding by Governor Fletcher and a $20,878.66 Homeland Security grant for the city of Columbia.  Land and Water Conservation funds will be used to purchase playground equipment.  Homeland Security funding will be used to purchase equipment for local law enforcement.  Senator Vernie McGaha and Representative Russ Mobley presented the checks on behalf of Governor Fletcher.

            “This funding is so important to our communities,” said Senator McGaha.  “With the elevated threat to our state and nation, our first responders must be properly equipped to handle any scenario with effective, prompt communication.”

            “Parks enhance a community by providing residents with a scenic venue for recreational opportunities,” noted Representative Russ Mobley.  “This funding will further develop the Highway 55 Roadside Park for the enjoyment of Columbia’s families.”

            The playground equipment will go to the Highway 55 Roadside Park in Columbia, providing recreational activities for residents and their families.  Homeland Security funds will provide two mobile data terminals and 2 desktop computers.

            GOLD Commissioner Ellen Williams said, “Governor Fletcher, as a physician, understands the need for outdoor recreational facilities with Kentucky ranking poorly in areas of health.  Parks provide fun avenues for physical activity, which makes this funding all the more significant.”

“It is critical that all of our commonwealth’s First Responders have the equipment they need to ensure our communities are ready and prepared,” said Major Alecia Webb-Edgington, Interim Director of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security. “This funding will enable all of Columbia’s Police Department cruisers to be equipped with Mobile Data Computers, making them better prepared to prevent or respond to a potential incident.”

            Homeland Security Funding is provided by the United States Department of Homeland Security and administered by the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security.

            The Land and Water Conservation Fund provides grant funds to protect important natural areas, to acquire land for outdoor recreation and to develop or renovate public outdoor recreation facilities such as camp grounds, picnic areas, sports and playfields, swimming facilities, boating facilities, fishing facilities, trails, natural area and passive parks.  The LWCF is funded by the National Park Service and administered by GOLD.