Governor's Office for Local Development
Gov. Beshear Awards Grants to Jenkins, Letcher Fiscal Court

Press Release Date:  Monday, April 27, 2009  
Contact Information:  Cindy Lanham

WHITESBURG, Ky. (April 23, 2009) —  Gov. Steve Beshear today presented checks for recently awarded grants to local officials representing the city of Jenkins and the Letcher County Fiscal Court. 

Jenkins was awarded a $750,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for waterline rehabilitation.  The project will replace old and outdated pipes, replace 15 fire hydrants, install new service lines and replace some mechanical meters. 

Although this work will only be the first phase of waterline rehabilitation and additional improvements will be necessary in the future, this project is expected to enhance the overall pressure, supply and quality of water for over one thousand water customers. 

“Even though our state is in a time of financial crisis, we cannot abandon our obligation to improve the lives of our citizens,” said Gov. Beshear.  “We must be efficient but diligent in finding the funding for basic infrastructure projects and I’m happy that we were able to do so in assisting Jenkins with this waterline rehabilitation project.” 

Kentucky’s CDBG program is managed by Department for Local Government and funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Kentucky’s U.S. Congressional leaders’ continued support of the CDBG program ensures the availability of funding in Kentucky and nationally.

Gov. Beshear also awarded Letcher County Fiscal Court $30,000 through a State Homeland Security Grant (SHSG) for radios to be used by three police departments along with hazardous-materials teams.

Current equipment is eight-years-old and not “P-25 compliant.”  P-25 is a digital radio standard designed to ensure interoperability in communications between or among various agencies.

“This grant will increase interoperable communications in Letcher County,” said Thomas L. Preston, executive director of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS).

 “Whenever we can provide valuable tools for first responders we move one step closer to a safer and more secure Kentucky, which is our goal, he added.”

U.S. Department of Homeland Security grants such as the one for Letcher County are administered by KOHS.