Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) announce funding for Marshall County and the City of Hardin

Press Release Date:  Thursday, June 23, 2005  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

          Governor Ernie Fletcher announced today a $323,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the city of Hardin and a $3,880 Body Armor grant for Marshall County.  Executive Director of the Division of Grants Myralee Smith-Cowley and GOLD Legislative Representative Jay Hall were on hand to present the checks.

            CDBG funds will be used to construct additional process units at the wastewater treatment plant.  Funds will also be used to install of flow meters and for the rehabilitation of approximately 800 linear feet of gravity sewer segments.  Body Armor funds will be used to purchase 10 body armor units for the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department.         

            “The updates to the wastewater system are important for a clean, sanitary place to live and the body armor funds are important to make life safer for Marshall County residents,” said GOLD Commissioner Ellen Williams.  “Governor Fletcher funding these types of projects a priority because it directly impacts the quality of life for citizens.”

            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 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development makes these funds available through GOLD, which administers the CDBG Small Cities program in Kentucky.

            The Kentucky Body Armor Program, established in 1998, allows law enforcement agencies to acquire body armor for their sworn officers.  Funding for the program is derived from the sale of firearms that have been confiscated by state and local law enforcement agencies.  The Kentucky State Police receives these weapons and transfers them to the state's Division of Surplus Property, which in turn sells them at public auction to federally licensed firearms dealers.  The program is a collaborative effort by the Governor's Office for Local Development (GOLD), the Kentucky State Police and the Division of Surplus Equipment. The current state price contract amount for an officer vest is $331.00 while the average cost of a canine vest is approximately $650.00.

                Applications for the Kentucky Body Armor Program are available through the Governor's Office for Local Development and are accepted on a continual basis.  Projects are selected for funding three or four times a year based on need and the availability of funds.  Since its establishment in 1998, the program has approved 2,616 officer vests and 12 service animal vests.  This represents $1,017,098 that has been sent to local law enforcement agencies.  Additionally over $211,000 has been provided to the Kentucky State Police for new equipment.  The Kentucky Body Armor Program is administered by the Governor’s Office for Local Development.