Department for Local Government
Governor announces funds for water, sewer projects

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, August 12, 2009  
Contact Information:  Cindy Lanham

Clinton, Ky. (Aug. 12, 2009) –  Gov. Steve Beshear today presented ceremonial checks in Hickman County to recipients of water and sewer projects that were included for funding in the biennium budget bill passed in the 2008 regular legislative session and signed by the Governor. 

Funding for the following projects was announced:

  • The city of Clinton was awarded $730,000 for sewer repairs and upgrades to include cleaning sewer lines; manhole rehabilitation or replacement; and lift station upgrades. 
  • The Hickman County Fiscal Court will use their allotted $65,000 to assist with the purchase and installation of an automated metering system to improve the efficiency of the water system and help reduce operating costs. 
  • Through two line items included in the budget, the city of Columbus received a total of $105,000 to help reduce dept, purchase and install new meters and chlorinators, repair pumps, paint the water tower and other improvements to aid in maintaining water quality. 

“Clean drinking water and effective sanitary sewage systems are basic necessities, not luxuries, to which every Kentucky family is entitled,” said Gov. Beshear.  “While working to keep our state’s budget as lean as possible during these difficult financial times, projects to improve or expand infrastructure are critical to our communities and the future of the Commonwealth.”

"These projects were some of the most important line items in the 2008-09 budget so I certainly appreciate the Governor coming to make an official presentation,” said Rep. Steven Rudy.  “I am always delighted to work with the officials of Hickman County to secure funds that help address the needs of the citizens.”