Department for Local Government
Governor announces grants in Mason County

Press Release Date:  Thursday, August 13, 2009  
Contact Information:  Cindy Lanham

MAYSVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 13, 2009) – Gov. Steve Beshear visited Mason County today to present grants for water and sewer projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and a grant for fire safety protection gear administered by the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS).

Funding for the following projects was announced:

  • The Western Mason Water District (WMWD) received $500,000 to upgrade existing water lines from the Germantown Water Storage Tank to Germantown and the surrounding area. 
  • Maysville has been awarded $500,000 to address a Federal Consent Judgment with the Environmental Protection Agency to eliminate combined sewer overflows and make improvements to the city’s sewer system. 
  • The Mason County Fiscal Court was awarded $17,136 to purchase turnout gear and equipment for the Dover Volunteer Fire Department.  Turnout gear is protective outerwear used to shield first responders when fighting fires, managing chemical spills or during other disasters.

“Even though our state is in a time of financial crisis, we cannot abandon our obligation to provide fundamental services such as clean water and public protection to all Kentuckians,” said Gov. Beshear.

“Clean water and safety are basic needs that every citizen should be afforded,” said Representative Mike Denham.  “These projects are important to our communities now and for the future.” 

Funding for the WMWD and Maysville grants comes from the $66.7 million Kentucky was allotted through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).  It is administered by the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and Clean Water State Revolving Fund.   

Eligible recipients of these grants include municipal governments, water and sewer districts and sanitation districts.  The awards will be structured as 50 percent low interest and 50 percent  principal forgiveness.

“Mason County appreciates the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority’s assistance in enabling these much-needed community projects to be realized,” said Mason County Judge/Executive James “Buddy” Gallenstein.  “Many communities will be well served by these upgrades and the quality of life for area residents will inevitably be better.” 

“The new equipment for the Dover Volunteer Fire Department will help protect those brave men and women as they risk their lives to ensure safety in their community,” said Judge Gallenstein.  

U.S. Department of Homeland Security grants such as the one for Mason County Fiscal Court are administered by KOHS.