Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Ernie Fletcher Allocates Funding for Sanitary Wastewater System for 2,485 Leitchfield Residents

Press Release Date:  Thursday, September 29, 2005  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

          Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) announced today a $1 million Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the city of Leitchfield.  Funds will be used for the Leitchfield Wastewater Rehabilitation Project.

            Leitchfield’s wastewater collection system experiences frequent sanitary sewer overflows caused by excessive infiltration and inflow of storm water into the system.  CDBG funds will be used to replace three undersized and dilapidated pumping stations:  one at Lilac Road, one at Bevel Drive and one at Salt River Road.  Approximately 3,500 linear feet (LF) of force main realignment and line extensions will also be required to maximize system flow and capacity.

            “Reliable wastewater systems are vital to the health and safety of Kentucky communities,” said Governor Fletcher.  “These improvements will give over 2,000 Leitchfield residents not only sanitary sewer infrastructure, but a better quality of life as well.”     

            Replacement for the pumping stations is needed due to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) confined space issues and poor structural and mechanical conditions.  Additionally, water seeps into all three stations during rain, creating an electrical hazard to the operators. 

            “Wastewater infrastructure is part of the foundation of any city or county,” noted Senator Carroll Gibson.  “It is important that the city of Leitchfield receive these funds in order to update their systems.”

            Representative C.B. Embry said, "By funding these improvements, the administration has made a tremendous investment in the future of this community and improved the quality of sewer service for these households.  It's a giant leap in the right direction."

            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.