Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development Announce Funding for Hardin County, Elizabethtown and Radcliff

Press Release Date:  Thursday, October 20, 2005  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

          Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) announced four grants for the Hardin County area.  A $75,000 Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant for Hardin County, a $25,000 Cemetery Preservation Fund grant for Elizabethtown a $2, 979 body armor grant for the city of Radcliff Police Department and a $25,000 Flood Control grant for the city of Radcliff will be awarded.

            “Local communities rely on these grants in order to meet the needs of their citizens,” said Governor Fletcher.  “From the preservation of history to the creation of a recreational facility, this funding will enhance the quality of life for many Hardin County residents.”

            Land and Water Conservation funds will be used to develop baseball and multi-purpose sports fields in the Rineyville Community Park.  A picnic area and playground equipment will be included as well.

            “The county and these cities have worked diligently to create the funding packages necessary to make these projects a reality,” said Senator Elizabeth Tori.  “I am pleased that the administration chose to fund these projects.”

            Cemetery Preservation Funds will be used for restoration efforts for the Elizabethtown City Cemetery.

            Body armor funding in the amount of $2,979 will also be distributed to the Radcliff Police Department to purchase 9 officer vests.

            The city of Radcliff also received a $25,000 Flood Control grant.  Funds will be used for the Happy Valley Karst Study.  There are approximately 80 sinkholes that cause flooding resulting in property damage.  In the Happy Valley Karst area, the problems are both costly and repetitive, making it necessary to study the valley in order to implement an effective plan of action.  The local matching fund for flood control is used to match the Corps of Engineers funding for the project of $50,000 and the city of Radcliff's contribution of $25,000 for a total project amount of $100,000.

            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.

            The Kentucky Cemetery Preservation program funds maintenance, preservation and restoration activities.  Examples of maintenance activities include initial cleanup and landscaping, purchasing equipment, fencing, signage and improving interior roads. Preservation and restoration activities include acquiring conservation easements, surveying boundaries and repairing and cleaning tombstones.

Other activities that are eligible for funding are historic research, archiving, training to support cemetery preservation and improving access roads.

Counties may establish five-member county cemetery boards to apply for grants. State agencies, local governments, and certain nonprofit organizations – cemeteries, historical and genealogical groups, and local civic groups – also may apply. However, applications from county boards will receive funding priority.  The maximum grant that a group can receive is $25,000 and the minimum grant is $1,000, and a one-to-one local match is required.

A five-member state board oversees the program and makes funding decisions. The state board is chaired by the Commissioner of GOLD and also represents the Kentucky Heritage Council, the Kentucky Historical Society, the Kentucky Association of Counties and the Kentucky African-American Heritage Commission.]

            The Kentucky Body Armor Program, established in 1998, allows law enforcement agencies to acquire body armor for their sworn officers.  Funding for the program is derived from the sale of firearms that have been confiscated by state and local law enforcement agencies.  The Kentucky State Police receives these weapons and transfers them to the state's Division of Surplus Property, which in turn sells them at public auction to federally licensed firearms dealers.  The program is a collaborative effort by the Governor's Office for Local Development (GOLD), the Kentucky State Police and the Division of Surplus Equipment. The current state price contract amount for an officer vest is $331.00 while the average cost of a canine vest is approximately $650.00.

            Applications for the Kentucky Body Armor Program are available through the Governor's Office for Local Development and are accepted on a continual basis.  Projects are selected for funding three or four times a year based on need and the availability of funds.  Since its establishment in 1998, the program has approved 3,171 officer vests and 17 service animal vests.  This represents $1,208,671 that has been sent to local law enforcement agencies.  Additionally over $211,000 has been provided to the Kentucky State Police for new equipment.  The Kentucky Body Armor Program is administered by the Governor’s Office for Local Development.

                The State Flood Control Matching Grant Program provides grant funding to help meet cost-share match requirements associated with projects funded by the United States Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.  The type of projects previously funded included small dam reconstruction, acquisition and relocation of homes from flood prone areas, debris removal created by tornadoes and construction of floodwalls and elevation of structures above the floodplain.  The fund has also been used to participate in flood studies for future projects.  Funding is available to cities, counties and special districts.  The State Flood Control Matching Grant Program is administered by the Governor’s Office for Local Development.