Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Ernie Fletcher Recommends ARC Funding for the City of Pineville

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, May 03, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

            Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today recommended for funding a $500,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant for the city of Pineville.  Funds will be used for the Dorton Branch Sewer Extension project.

            “My administration is focused on ensuring that all citizens have the basic necessities for a high quality of life,” said Governor Fletcher.  “This funding will provide 75 households in Pineville with a proper sewage collection system.”

            ARC funds will be used to construct approximately 10,000 linear feet (LF) of gravity collection lines, 4,700 LF of force main, two sewage lift stations, 50 manholes and other associated appurtenances to extend sewage collection service to 75 households in the Dorton Branch area.

             “ARC funding is vital to our area,” said Senator Daniel Mongiardo (D-Hazard).  “With this grant, many Bell County residents will be connected to an essential service.”

            The community of Dorton Branch is currently unserved by a sewage collection service.  The local health department has identified 55 failing septic systems and 10 straight pipes within the project area.  The completion of this project will eliminate environmental health threats posed by sewage discharged from the numerous failing septic systems and straight pipes.

            “Not only is this project providing better service to these citizens, but it is also eliminating an environmental threat,” noted Representative Rick Nelson (D-Middlesboro).  “I commend local officials for making this project a top priority.”

            Governor Fletcher is the current ARC States’ Co-Chair.  As states’ co-chair, Governor Fletcher is responsible for representing the 13 ARC governors before Congress and the Bush Administration; serve as a member of various ARC committees; and provide guidance on policy and administrative issues concerning the commission. 

            ARC is a federal-state economic development program used to meet infrastructure needs as well as to support education, workforce development, leadership and civic capacity building, entrepreneurship, asset-based development and affordable and accessible health care. ARC is federally funded and available to Kentucky’s 51 most eastern and south-central counties. Applications for ARC funds are submitted to GOLD.  The funding status of the project is pending approval from the federal level.