Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Fletcher Approves Funding for Various Lawrenceburg Projects

Press Release Date:  Friday, January 20, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

            Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today announced three grants for the city of Lawrenceburg.  A $28,400 Recreational Trails grant will be used for improvements to the American Legion Park Walking Trail.  Additionally, $18,815 in Cemetery Preservation funds will be granted for cleanup of various cemeteries in the community and a $5,296 Body Armor grant will be given to the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

            "Community development is about improving the quality of life for the people of Kentucky," said Governor Fletcher. "These funds will enhance several aspects within the Lawrenceburg community, making it a better place to live."

            Improvements to the American Legion Park Walking Trail include the widening of bridges to be accessible in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Benches, signs and lighting will also be installed.

            “It is important for all Kentucky residents to have equal access to local amenities,” said Senator Julian Carroll.  “In making these park improvements ADA compliant, the city of Lawrenceburg is addressing the needs of its citizens.”

            Cemetery Preservation Funds will be used to perform initial cleanup, landscaping, signage, improvements to access roads, tombstone repairs and cleaning area cemeteries. Improvements will be made to the Salt River Baptist Cemetery, the Etherington-Kays Cemetery, the Sheridan Bourne Hawkins Cemetery, the George Chilton Cemetery and the William Bond Cemetery.

            Body Armor funds will be provided to the Lawrenceburg Police Department to purchase 16 officer vests.

            Representative Milward Dedman, Jr. noted, "This funding is vital to the safety of our uniformed officers.  It is important to provide protection for those who serve our communities in a law enforcement capacity."

            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.

            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 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.