Department for Local Government
Governor awards $1.6 million grant for Lewis sewer project

Press Release Date:  Thursday, August 13, 2009  
Contact Information:  Cindy Lanham

Vanceburg, KY (Aug. 13, 2009) – Gov. Steve Beshear was in Lewis County today to announce the award of $1.6 million for the development of a new wastewater collection and treatment system for the Garrison community. 

The Lewis County Fiscal Court will work with the Garrison Quincy Water District on this project involving the design and construction of 43,500 linear feet of low pressure sewer lines, two pump stations, 355 grinder pumps and a 114,000 gallon/day extended aeration package wastewater treatment plant.  These improvements are expected to eliminate 286 failing septic systems, 33 straight pipes and 36 functioning septic systems.

“Many residents in northern Lewis County have been forced to make due with poor and even unsanitary means of disposing of wastewater,” said Gov. Beshear.  “This new treatment facility will alleviate concerns of raw sewage and failing septic systems which will improve the environment for families and businesses in the Garrison Community and surrounding areas.” 

Lewis County Fiscal Court received two separate Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) awards for the project.  One million dollars came from a regular CDBG grant and the remaining $600,000 came from the CDBG Recovery program authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).  The total cost of this project is expected to be $5.3 million.  

“The local officials in Lewis County have worked hard to secure the funding for this valuable project and I am pleased to be able to contribute to this investment in infrastructure,” he added.   

“This project will truly improve the quality of life for so many members of the Garrison Community and Lewis County,” said Rep. Robin Webb.  “This funding will help create a more sanitary, healthy way of disposing of wastewater while protecting our families and water resources.  I appreciate Gov. Beshear's support in helping us secure funding for a project that is long past due.” 

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