Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today presented more than $5.2 million in ceremonial checks to officials from Knott County. Governor Fletcher presented the checks – which included funding for several water line projects as well as funds for a recreational trail and for the Knott County Arts Center – following a horseback ride on the Knott County Trail.
“Providing Kentucky communities with the funding they need to upgrade water systems is a vital part of our effort to build strong communities across the Commonwealth,” said Governor Fletcher. “In addition, projects like the Knott County Adventure Trails and Training Center will encourage healthy activity for residents and visitors alike. It is an honor to visit Knott County and present this important community funding.”
Governor Fletcher and other state officials visited the future site of the Knott County Adventure Trails and Training Center, the recipient of a $50,000 Recreational Trails grant. These grant dollars will be used to construct nearly 17 miles of new trails to link with existing trails. Knott County developed a master plan for an adventure trails project that takes visitors to elk viewing stands, campgrounds and rental cabins.
In addition to the trails grant, Knott County will receive grant dollars for infrastructure projects, including the Carr Creek Water Treatment Plant project, the Jamestown Village and Highway 80 Water Line project and the Hall Branch and Perkins Madden Roads Water Line Extension project.
House Bill 380 Funding
The Knott County Fiscal Court will receive $1.2 million for the Jamestown Village and Highway 80 Water Line project from funds allocated under House Bill 380.
The Knott County Water and Sewer District plans to purchase a small privately-owned system which serves about 115 customers near the Knott and Perry County line. The system includes a 35,000-gallon and a 200,000-gallon storage tank, a small treatment facility and distribution lines. The project also includes a line along Highway 80 from Jamestown Village to the Hindman exit. A small sewage treatment plant is included as well.
The project will reach 20 unserved households and 115 underserved households. The total cost of the project is estimated at $1.5 million.
House Bill 380 also allocates Knott County $500,000 for the Knott County Arts Center.
Kentucky Infrastructure Authority
Grant dollars from the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA) presented to Knott County include a $500,000 grant for the Hall Branch and Perkins Madden Roads Water Line Extension project. An extension of a water line will be constructed along Hall's Branch Road adjacent to Highway 7 in eastern Knott County. An extension along Perkins-Madden Road south of the city of Hindman will also be constructed. The project is expected to serve approximately 120 potential customers.
Another KIA grant includes $2 million for Knott County’s Carr Creek Water Treatment Plant, a project to serve as a regional source of treated water to the Knott County Water and Sewer District, the Letcher County Water and Sewer District, the city of Hindman, and the city of Vicco, with the potential to serve southern Floyd County and southeastern Breathitt County. Completion of the project could provide new and improved service to 7,000 households and 6,459 underserved households. The total cost of the project is estimated to be $10.4 million.
Local Government Economic Development Fund
The Carr Creek Water Treatment Plant project has been awarded an additional $1 million grant from the Local Government Economic Development Fund (LGEDF). Funds will be used to construct a water intake structure.
A $40,000 LGEDF grant has been awarded to Knott County for the Cordia School Athletic Field Lighting project. These grant dollars will be used to purchase and install lights at the high school athletic field, enabling the school to host night-time activities and athletic tournaments.
Senator Johnny Ray Turner (D-Drift) thanked Governor Fletcher for his decision to provide grant dollars to projects that will have a huge impact on the daily lives of the region’s citizens.
“These grant dollars, along with monies allocated by the Kentucky General Assembly, will work together to improve our lives,” said Senator Turner. “I’m very excited that Knott County and the surrounding area will benefit from improving infrastructure, continuing work of the Arts Center and developing recreational trails.”
Representative Ancel Smith (D-Leburn) agreed with Senator Turner, saying there is something for everyone.
“I commend Governor Fletcher and the General Assembly for providing these dollars to Knott County,” said Representative Smith. “The community will be greatly enhanced when these projects are completed.”