Governor's Office for Local Development
Salyersville, Magoffin Fiscal Court Receive Grants

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

SALYERSVILLE, Ky. (April 23, 2009) —  Adam Edelen, chief of staff to Gov. Steve Beshear, today presented grant checks to local officials representing Salyersville and the Magoffin County Fiscal Court on behalf of the governor.

The city of Salyersville was awarded a $600,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the Department of Local Government for the Salyersville Aging Water Main Project.  The money, which will be used to design and construct a new water main to replace existing mains, is a part of an ongoing water improvement project. 

According to Salyersville Mayor Stanley Howard, some of the city’s current water lines are over 100 years old, causing high a high percentage of water loss and a significant reduction in water flow and pressure. 

“What we have now is a very terrible, frustrating situation,” said Mayor Howard.  “We were so pleased to learn that we received this money and are excited to start rehabilitating the water lines.” 

This project will impact service to 4,023 households and businesses in Salyersville. 

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.

Magoffin County Fiscal Court was also awarded a $68,000 State Homeland Security Grant (SHSG) for a radio-system console and radios deemed essential to local first responders.

The console will be installed at the 9-1-1 Center. First responders currently are using 13-year-old radios that require extensive maintenance. The new radios are “P-25 compliant.”  P-25 is a digital radio standard designed to ensure interoperability in communications between or among various agencies.

“Up-to-date communication systems are essential for prompt, professional management of emergencies at every level,” 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 Magoffin County are administered by KOHS.