Governor Ernie Fletcher visited Falmouth today to present ceremonial checks for several grants and budget line-items to Pendleton County officials.
“Building strong communities across Kentucky takes hard work on the part of our local leaders and citizens,” said Governor Fletcher. “The funding presented today represents this hard work, and I am happy to present Pendleton County with funding to help the community meet some of its important needs.”
Community Development Block Grant Funding
Governor Fletcher announced a $2 million Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Falmouth and Pendleton County. Funding will be used for the Falmouth Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant project.
The project consists of the construction of a 0.5 million gallons per day (MGD) regional wastewater treatment plant to replace the city’s current plant, which has a .38 MGD capacity and is in a flood plain. The facility will serve approximately 1,105 customers in the southern half of Pendleton County.
Kentucky’s U.S. Congressional leaders’ continued support of the CDBG program has made funding available nationally and within the commonwealth. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development makes these funds available through GOLD, which administers the CDBG Small Cities program in Kentucky.
HB 380 Infrastructure for Economic Development Fund
The city of Butler received a $450,000 HB 380 Infrastructure for Economic Development Fund (IEDF) line-item for Phase II of the Butler Sewer Collection System Rehabilitation project. Phase II includes the extension of 7,200 feet of gravity sewer lines and 3,500 feet of force main sewer lines as well as one pump station along KY 177 from Butler to the intersection of US 27. The expansion will serve 46 new residences, several businesses and an elementary school. Currently, many of these residents have failing septic systems. The project will connect this area to the system treated by the Butler wastewater treatment plant. Total estimated cost of the project is $919,218.
Sen. Katie Kratz Stine (R-Southgate) said, “This funding will provide the city of Butler with the monies necessary to continue a great rehabilitation project.”
Pendleton Athletic Park
Governor Fletcher presented two ceremonial checks for the Pendleton Athletic Park. The first was for a $50,000 HB 380 Community Development line-item. Funds will be used to make improvements to the park, such as railing, vinyl siding on the press box, restroom improvements and the purchase and installation of a donor sign and parking lot lighting.
Governor Fletcher also awarded a $45,000 Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant for the project. LWCF monies will be used to install lights on two softball fields and at the Max Goldberg Skate Park.
“With more folks interested in a healthier lifestyle, parks and recreational areas are becoming increasingly important to our citizens” said Rep. Thomas McKee (D-Cynthiana). “This is a deserving project that will have multiple benefits for Pendleton County. I'm also pleased that the Butler and Falmouth sewer projects will get the support they need for our citizens.”
The Land and Water Conservation Fund provides grant funds to protect important natural areas, to acquire land for outdoor recreation and to develop or renovate public outdoor recreation facilities such as camp grounds, picnic areas, sports and playfields, swimming facilities, boating facilities, fishing facilities, trails, natural area and passive parks. The LWCF is funded by the National Park Service and administered by GOLD.
Agriculture Diversification Funds
Governor Fletcher presented a check to the Pendleton County Agricultural Development Council in the amount of $235,893 for agricultural diversification efforts in Pendleton County. The program currently being operated with a portion of the 2006 April payment of Agricultural Development Funds is the Forage Improvement Program.
The Pendleton County Conservation District received $75,000 to administer the Forage Improvement Program, which provides cost-share assistance in the areas of forage and pasture improvement, rotational grazing, water development systems and shared-use equipment.
Governor Fletcher and the Kentucky Legislature continue to make great strides toward lessening Kentucky’s dependence on tobacco production while revitalizing the farm economy by investing 50 percent of Kentucky's Master Settlement Agreement into the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund. To date, Kentucky has invested more than $222 million to an array of county, regional and state projects designed to increase net farm income and create sustainable new farm-based business enterprises. The Pendleton County diversification programs represent more than 2,556 projects that have been funded through Agricultural Development Fund, since the inception of the program in January 2001.
For more information on available County Agricultural Development Programs contact the Pendleton County Cooperative Extension Office at (859) 654-3395. To learn more about cost-share and loan programs available in your area contact the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy at (502) 564-4627.
Homeland Security Funding
Governor Fletcher also presented $48,523.84 to the Pendleton County Fiscal Court for mobile data computers. This year, more than 69 percent of all discretionary homeland security funding received by the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security was invested in support of enhanced communications capabilities for Kentucky’s first responders and 9-1-1 upgrades. The funding announced today will provide local response agencies with mobile data computers to be placed inside their cruisers. Mobile data computers in the roadside environment are the fastest emerging technology tool to assist first responders.