Governor's Office for Local Development

Press Release Date:  Monday, May 15, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

Governor Ernie Fletcher and officials from the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) visited the city of Hanson today to present a $1 million Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to local officials.  Funding will be used for the Hanson Sewer System Improvement Project.


The project includes construction of approximately 15,000 linear feet (LF) of force main from Hanson to Madisonville, the construction of a lift station and the replacement of approximately 24,000 LF of sewer line and all appurtenances.  The project will serve 230 customers.


“This investment in the Hanson community is crucial for improving quality of life,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher.  “The citizens of this community deserve the best infrastructure we can provide.”


Currently, the city spends approximately $60,000 a year for maintenance costs, replacement of grinder pumps and related labor costs.  The proposed project will eliminate the grinder pumps by converting to a gravity system.  Pump failure has resulted in many sewer problems throughout the city including backups into homes, schools and other structures.


Representative Jim Gooch (D-Providence) said, “For Hanson residents, this project will mean a more efficient, better operating wastewater system.  Hanson is a city with unlimited growth opportunities, and a good sewer system is essential for folks there to take advantage of that growth.”


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.