Governor's Office for Local Development
Madison County Awarded CEGG Funding

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, March 07, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

        Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today announced that Madison County will receive $175,000 in funding from the Community Economic Growth Grant program (CEGG).

The fund, which was established during the 2005 General Assembly as HB 267, provides nearly $10 million in grant funds to be allocated during the 2005-2006 biennium.

“The Community Economic Growth Grant exemplifies what is possible when the Executive Branch and the Legislature work in a bi-partisan manner,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher.  “The infusion of these funds will result in over $99 million in successful projects across the Commonwealth.”

The Madison County Fiscal Court will construct a wastewater collection system to serve an innovative training center, Safety City, as well as the densely-populated Terrill area in central Madison County.  

Senator Ed Worley (D-Richmond) said the project is regional in nature because of the service delivery of Safety City. “Safety City is a safety training center that is used by thousands of school children within a 5-county area, making this project one that benefits the entire region.”

Representative Harry Moberly, Jr. (D-Richmond) said the Terrill area is comprised of 172 homes and 4 businesses that are adjacent to Safety City. “The Madison County Health Department has written a letter of concern for this area relative to failing septic systems. This project will give these households and businesses access to affordable wastewater service.”

Representative Lonnie Napier (R-Lancaster) said he was pleased that Governor Fletcher approved the grant dollars. “I’m very pleased that this project will move forward. The residents of the Terrill neighborhood will benefit greatly from these grant funds.”

Representative Don Pasley (D-Winchester) said, “On behalf the citizens of Madison County, I would like to express our grateful appreciation to the Governor’s Office for Local Development.  The generous gift of funding for the Madison County Safety City is graciously received and we extend a hearty thank you.”

CEGG is administered by the Governor’s Office for Local Development through the Kentucky Community Development Office (KCDO).  The goal of the program is to provide flexible funding to support and encourage the economic growth and viability of communities within the Commonwealth.

Counties, cities, special districts and school districts were eligible to apply for this year’s funding. Monies can be utilized for construction, acquisition of property, equipment purchase, industrial site development, infrastructure and capital improvement projects.