Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor’s Office for Local Development presents check to Kenton County
Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today announced several grants for communities in Kenton County.
“A variety of factors contribute to the quality of life in a community,” said Governor Fletcher. “With these grants, Kenton County residents will have a better place to live, work and play.”
Renaissance on Main
A Renaissance on Main grant in the amount of $100,000 has been awarded to the city of Covington for their façade program. Funds will be used to renovate the facades of seven buildings in the downtown area.
Senator Jack Westwood (R-Crescent Springs) noted, “This funding will encourage people to visit downtown Covington, generating economic expansion and growth.”
Representative Arnold Simpson (D-Covington) said, “Covington’s Renaissance program has worked very hard to make downtown Covington an exciting and pleasant place to visit. I am pleased to see these funds awarded to them.”
Renaissance on Main, formerly Renaissance Kentucky, is a downtown revitalization effort that provides communities funding in order to restore and maintain their downtown areas. The program is focused on economic development and job creation. There are two classifications of cities: Certified and Candidate. Covington is a Certified Renaissance on Main city.
The Renaissance on Main program partners with the Kentucky Heritage Council/Main Street Program, the Kentucky Department of Tourism, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the Kentucky League of Cities, the Kentucky Housing Corporation, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati and the Governor’s Office for Local Development, the agency responsible for administering the program.
Recreational Trails Program
Kenton County received a $39,500 Recreational Trails grant to assist in the production of a trail for the Behringer Crawford Museum. Funds will be used to establish a trail that will serve as a link between city trails in Devou Park and the nature and sculpture garden trails on the Behringer Crawford Museum grounds. In addition, funds will be used to establish outdoor trailhead restrooms. The trail will span approximately 300 feet.
“This trail will provide many Kenton County residents with the opportunity to get active and be healthy,” said Senator Dick Roeding (R-Lakeside Park).
The $39,000 in Recreational Trails funds will go toward the Doe Run Nature Trail Project. Funds will be used to upgrade existing trails as well as to construct 1.5 miles of new trail. Signs, benches, educational information and a map of the trail will also be developed with the funding.
Representative Jon Draud (R-Edgewood) noted, “Many people in the community utilize the Doe Run Nature Trail as part of their outdoor activity. This funding will provide great improvements to the trail.”
“With the health issues that exist in the state, it is important that citizens have a place where their families can go to get exercise,” said Representative Jon David Reinhardt (R-Alexandria). “This funding will give Kenton County residents another place where they can have physical activity.”
The Recreational Trails Program is funded through the Federal Highway Administration and may be used to acquire land for recreational trails and to develop and renovate trails for both motorized and non-motorized use. Recreational Trails funding is administered by the Governor’s Office for Local Development.
Cemetery Preservation Program
The city of Taylor Mill was awarded a $6,332 Cemetery Preservation Grant for the Wolf Family and Martin Family Cemeteries. Funds will be used for initial clean-up, landscaping, fencing, signage, tombstone repairs and tombstone cleaning.
Senator Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown) said, “In order to maintain a sense of history for future generations, it is vital that we protect our cemeteries. This funding will provide the Wolf Family and the Martin Family Cemeteries with proper up keeping.”
Representative Thomas Kerr (R-Taylor Mill) noted, “These cemeteries are important to the citizens of Taylor Mill and as such need to be properly maintained. I am pleased that the administration awarded funding for this project.”
The Kentucky Cemetery Preservation program funds maintenance, preservation and restoration activities.
Examples of eligible 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 comprised of representatives from the Kentucky Heritage Council (KHC), the Kentucky Historical Society, the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) and the Kentucky African-American Heritage Commission and chaired by the Commissioner of GOLD.