Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Ernie Fletcher Awards Funding For Nelson County and the City of Bardstown

Press Release Date:  Friday, March 24, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

             Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today announced a $75,000 Renaissance on Main grant and a $3,368 Cemetery Preservation grant for the city of Bardstown.  Nelson County also received $2,250 Cemetery Preservation grant.  Both the city and county will use their funds for restoration projects.

            “The city of Bardstown and Nelson County work hard to create an economically diverse engine for its downtown area,” said Governor Fletcher.  “I am excited to see this community receive funding.”

            The Renaissance on Main funding will be used to build public restrooms, doors for future Farmer’s Market merchants.  

            “The Renaissance on Main program is an exciting opportunity for Nelson County,” stated Senator Dan Kelly (R-Springfield).  “This funding is important to Bardstown in order to experience growth.”

            Nelson County and the city of Bardstown are both recipients of the state cemetery preservation grant program.  Nelson County will clean, landscape, fence, and add signage to Ball/Holtshouser Cemetery, Fairfield Cemetery and Lutheran Church Cemetery.  The city of Bardstown will add signage, fencing, and survey property sites at Bardstown Pioneer Cemetery and Presbyterian Cemetery.                  

            Representative David Floyd (R-Bardstown) said, “The Nelson County Renaissance team worked hard to make sure the Farmer’s Market received the necessary funding.  All three of these projects are important and I am glad none of them were buried under other competing plans.”

                Renaissance on Main, formerly Renaissance Kentucky, is a downtown revitalization effort that provides communities funding in order to restore and maintain their downtown areas.  The program is focused on economic development and job creation.  There are two classifications of cities:  Certified and Candidate.  Stanford is a Certified Renaissance on Main city.

            The Renaissance on Main program partners with the Kentucky Heritage Council/Main Street Program, the Kentucky Department of Tourism, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the Kentucky League of Cities, the Kentucky Housing Corporation, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati and the Governor’s Office for Local Development, the agency responsible for administering the program.

                The Kentucky Cemetery Preservation program funds maintenance, preservation and restoration activities.  Examples of maintenance activities include initial cleanup and landscaping, purchasing equipment, fencing, signage and improving interior roads. Preservation and restoration activities include acquiring conservation easements, surveying boundaries and repairing and cleaning tombstones.

Other activities that are eligible for funding are historic research, archiving, training to support cemetery preservation and improving access roads.

Counties may establish five-member county cemetery boards to apply for grants. State agencies, local governments, and certain nonprofit organizations – cemeteries, historical and genealogical groups, and local civic groups – also may apply. However, applications from county boards will receive funding priority.

The maximum grant that a group can receive is $25,000 and the minimum grant is $1,000, and a one-to-one local match is required.

A five-member state board oversees the program and makes funding decisions. The state board is chaired by the Commissioner of GOLD and also represents the Kentucky Heritage Council, the Kentucky Historical Society, the Kentucky Association of Counties and the Kentucky African-American Heritage Commission.

There are two photos attached.  The first photo features (from left to right):  Senator Dan Kelly, Bobby Simpson, Bobbe Blincoe, Danielle Ballard, Robbie Smith and Representative David Floyd.

The second photo features (from left to right):  Senator Dan Kelly, Nelson County Judge/Executive Dean Watts and Representative David Floyd.