Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Ernie Fletcher Recommends Funding for a Sewer Project to Serve 38 Households

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, May 03, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

            Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today recommended for funding a $250,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant for the Lewis County Sanitation District #1.  Funds will be used for the Tollesboro Sewer Extension Project.

            “Infrastructure is an important component for a high quality of life,” said Governor Fletcher.  “The residents who live in the Tollesboro area will have improved services thanks to this project.”

            ARC funds will be used to extend sewer service to the Tollesboro Industrial Park as well as to 38 households in the Pine Valley area of Lewis County.

             “Sanitary sewer systems are imperative to the growth and development of a community,” said Senator Charlie Borders (R-Russell).  “This project will encourage development in the Tollesboro Industrial Park area.”

            The proposed sewer project will consist of approximately 1,500 linear feet (LF) of gravity sewer, 11,400 LF of force main, one new pump station, one pump station upgrade and 38 grinder pumps.  The project will extend a low pressure sewer collection system approximately 1.5 miles in order to serve the industrial park and area residents.  The project is also expect to eliminate health hazards associated with failing septic systems in the Pine Valley area.

            “In order for Kentucky’s families to be healthy, they must have decent wastewater disposal,” said Representative Robin Webb (D-Grayson).  “This funding moves us in that direction, and we'll continue to do everything we can to make sure projects like the Tollesboro Extension get the support they need.”

            Governor Fletcher is the current ARC States’ Co-Chair.  As states’ co-chair, Governor Fletcher is responsible for representing the 13 ARC governors before Congress and the Bush Administration; serve as a member of various ARC committees; and provide guidance on policy and administrative issues concerning the commission. 

            ARC is a federal-state economic development program used to meet infrastructure needs as well as to support education, workforce development, leadership and civic capacity building, entrepreneurship, asset-based development and affordable and accessible health care. ARC is federally funded and available to Kentucky’s 51 most eastern and south-central counties. Applications for ARC funds are submitted to GOLD. The funding status of the project is pending approval from the federal level.