Governor's Office for Local Development
McCreary County Water District Awarded CEGG Funding

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, March 07, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

        Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today announced that McCreary County will receive $52,000 in funding from the Community Economic Growth Grant (CEGG) program.

The fund, which was established during the 2005 General Assembly as HB 267, provides nearly $10 million in grant funds to be allocated during the 2005-2006 biennium.

“The Community Economic Growth Grant exemplifies what is possible when the Executive Branch and the Legislature work in a bi-partisan manner,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher.  “The infusion of these funds will result in over $99 million in successful projects across the Commonwealth.”

The McCreary County Water District will use the funds to complete a modification of its raw water intake structure to resolve performance deficiencies with the existing raw water intake. In 2002, it was discovered that the iron and manganese levels in the intake water were very high, causing significant additional treatment cost.

Senate President David L. Williams (R-Burkesville) commented, “Improving our water systems is vital to the continued economic development of our state -- an adequate and safe water supply is imperative in industry recruitment efforts.”             

Representative Ken Upchurch (R-Monticello) agreed with Senator Williams. “This project is important to McCreary County. The high cost of water treatment will be resolved, freeing up additional tax dollars for use in other vital areas.”

CEGG is administered by the Governor’s Office for Local Development through the Kentucky Community Development Office (KCDO).  The goal of the program is to provide flexible funding to support and encourage the economic growth and viability of communities within the Commonwealth.

Counties, cities, special districts and school districts were eligible to apply for this year’s funding. Monies can be utilized for construction, acquisition of property, equipment purchase, industrial site development, infrastructure and capital improvement projects.