Governor's Office for Local Development

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, October 19, 2005  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today announced a $838,500 Community Development Block Grant for Lee County.  The funds will be for a treated water transmission and water storage tank project.  Governor Fletcher visited Lee County to present the funding as well as to announce the beginning of construction for a Lee County Highway safety improvement project.


This treated water transmission and water storage tank project will enhance the future water treatment facility for Lee County.  This project specifically funds the construction of a transmission line between the proposed plant and a new water storage facility.  The current 400,000 and 100,000 gallon water storage tanks are damaged to the point of disrepair.  The new water storage system will be of greater capacity at 600,000 gallons and feature improved technology.


“As Kentucky grows, it is important that we take measures to improve and develop our infrastructure and services in order to keep up with demand,” noted Governor Ernie Fletcher.  “I am pleased to award this funding to Lee County, which will be vital to their supply of fresh, clean water and will improve the safety of their highway system.”


Senator Robert Stivers said, “Clean water is essential for a healthy community.  I applaud the Fletcher administration for making this funding available to the citizens of Lee County.”


“It's imperative that Kentucky's communities have the infrastructure necessary to promote growth," said Representative Teddy Edmonds. “This funding will help Lee County get the proper infrastructure in place to meet our citizens' needs.”


Governor Fletcher also announced the beginning of construction on a $3,699,648.89 highway safety improvement project. This project will eliminate a rock-fall hazard and straighten a curve on KY 52, Jackson-Beattyville Road, in Lee County. The contract was awarded to Hinkle Contracting Corp. in July and work is scheduled to begin in the next few weeks, with an anticipated completion date of summer 2006. Governor Fletcher presented a check signifying that the funding of this project will be getting underway in the very near future.


Governor Fletcher presented the funding on Friday, October 14, at the Happy Top Park in Beattyville.


Kentucky's U. S. Congressional leaders continued support of the CDBG program has made the funding available nationally as well as within the commonwealth.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development makes these funds available through GOLD, which administers the CDBG Small Cities program in Kentucky.