Governor's Office for Local Development
North McLean 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 the North McLean County Water District will receive $30,000 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 water district will install about 8,000 linear feet (LF) of waterline, complete with all appurtenances, to include fire hydrants, shutoff valves, water service meters and service lines. 

Senator David Boswell (D-Owensboro) said the primary purpose of the project is to provide rural fire protection to an area that includes 50 homes. “Rural fire protection requires that a water distribution system be able to provide a minimum of 250 gallons per minute (GPM), which this project will accomplish.  In addition, approximately 10 new customers will be able to connect to the public water system.”

Representative Jim Gooch, Jr. (D-Providence) complimented the CEGG program for providing another avenue of financial assistance in the form of grants for cities and counties. “Our local governments will benefit tremendously from the dollars that this grant program provides. Many communities that could be in the running for other grant dollars can now apply for matching funds through CEGG and leverage additional money for capital improvement projects.  I am very pleased that McLean County will benefit from this project.”

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.