Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Ernie Fletcher announces funding for the Martin County

Press Release Date:  Thursday, August 18, 2005  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

             Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) announced today a $79,667 State Flood Control grant for Martin County.  The grant will be used to for the Tug Valley Sewer Project.  Congressman Hal Rogers and GOLD Legislative Director Jay Hall presented the check on behalf of Governor Fletcher. 

            “We are continuing our important work to eliminate straight pipes and failing septic systems and connect more of our citizens to safe and sanitary sewage treatment facilities,” said Congressman Hal Rogers.  “This effort is vital to our region’s future and creating a healthy climate for families, economic growth and new jobs.  Thanks to the effort of the Corps of Engineers, in partnership with the city of Warfield and Martin County, we are taking another step forward in the campaign to clean up our region.”

            Flood Control funds will be coordinated with other funds in order to provide sewer service to residents and commercial businesses in the Tug Fork area in Martin County.  The project will consist of the design of necessary sanitary sewer force mains, gravity lines, grinder pumps, manholes, casing, valves, clean-outs, laterals and pavement replacement.

            GOLD Commissioner Ellen Williams said that proper sanitation is fundamental to a high quality of life.  “This project will serve individuals and businesses in order to make Tug Fork a better place to live.  Governor Fletcher is proud to support these projects that promote quality infrastructure for all Kentuckians.”

            The State Flood Control Matching Grant Program provides grant funding to help meet cost-share match requirements associated with projects funded by the United States Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.  The type of projects previously funded included small dam reconstruction, acquisition and relocation of homes from flood prone areas, debris removal created by tornadoes and construction of floodwalls and elevation of structures above the floodplain.  The fund has also been used to participate in flood studies for future projects.  Funding is available to cities, counties and special districts.  The State Flood Control Matching Grant Program is administered by the Governor’s Office for Local Development.