Department for Local Government
Governor announces grant for Marshall County Health Department

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, September 15, 2009  
Contact Information:  Cindy Lanham

BENTON, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2009) –  Gov. Steve Beshear today announced a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to Marshall County  for the construction of a new health department.   

“As more and more families are beginning to sacrifice some of the most basic needs, sometimes choosing between food and medical costs, they depend on the vital services provided by a public health department,” said Gov. Beshear.  “I’m happy to be here today to celebrate with the citizens of Marshall County on a project that has been a long time coming.”    

The new facility, which will be approximately 24,000 square feet, will be located on Hwy. 641 South on land owned by the Marshall County Health Board. 

“The demand for services has grown tremendously in the past five to six years and we’re just out of room,” said Marshall County Judge Executive Mike Miller.  “In tough times, people depend on their health department.  We’re that safety net.” 

The current health department is housed in a grocery store built in 1964 that was converted to its present use in the 1980’s.  It consists of 11,000 square feet in the main building, two outside rental trailers and a private residence.  The tight quarters make it difficult for department employees to provide medical services and counseling in a confidential manner. 

The new health department will meet all federal Americans with Disabilities Act and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act regulations.

Kentucky’s U. S. Congressional leaders’ continued support of the CDBG program has made the funding available nationally as well as within the Commonwealth.  The state’s CDBG program is administered by the Department for Local Government (DLG) and funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).