Governor's Office for Local Development
The Oldtown Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. Awarded CEGG Grant
Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today announced that the Oldtown Volunteer Fire Department will receive $72,350 in funding from the Community Economic Growth Grant (CEGG).
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 Oldtown Volunteer Fire Department is requesting funds to purchase a light 4x4 truck to serve their area and surrounding districts as a rescue apparatus. The vehicle will be equipped to provide first responder level Emergency Management Services (EMS), auto extrication and farm rescue operations.
Senator Charlie Borders (R-Grayson) said, “A rescue truck will give the fire department the ability to deliver basic EMS services and conduct rescue operations in a more efficient manner, particularly during inclimate weather and on off-road areas.”
Representative Tanya Pullin (R-South Shore) said, “Fire departments provide not only essential rescue functions but also provide a variety of other community services that help make Greenup County a safe place to come home to.”
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.