Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Ernie Fletcher Allocates Funding for Petersburg Community Center and Library

Press Release Date:  Thursday, October 20, 2005  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

            Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) announced today a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the Boone County.  Funds will be used for the Petersburg Community Center and Library.

            CDBG funds will be used to construct a community center and library facility to serve Petersburg in rural Boone County.  The center will include approximately 3,400 square feet (SF) of clear space suitable for athletic and recreational programming, community events and the delivery of educational and social services programs.  In addition, the community center will have approximately 300 SF of storage and kitchen space and will share a common entry to a 1,200 SF library facility.  Two fully accessible public restrooms and a common entry foyer will also be included.

            “It is very important for communities to have a place where they can come together for events and activities,” said First Lady Glenna Fletcher.  “Also, with the addition of a library facility, the Petersburg community will have an enjoyable space for children to read and learn.”

            Currently, there is no public or private space available in the Petersburg community.  The center will be designed to host community events, provide after-school programs and promote indoor recreation in the winter months.

            "Recreational facilities are important as they increase a community's quality of life," said Senator Dick Roeding.  "I am pleased that this administration chose to fund this project, which will provide Petersburg residents with the opportunity to enjoy wholesome activities in their own communities."   

            Mrs. Fletcher presented the funding on October 20, 2005 in Petersburg with Senator Roeding, Representative Marcotte and Representative Addia Wuchner.  Following the presentation, Mrs. Fletcher donated nearly 150 new children’s books in support of the new library and read to area children.  The books came from Scholastic for the First Lady to distribute throughout the state.  With the donation of the books, Mrs. Fletcher hopes to encourage adults to read to their children.

            Kentucky's U. S. Congressional leaders continued support of the CDBG program has made the funding available nationally as well as 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.