Department for Local Government
Governor awards grants in Versailles for sewer projects, emergency units

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, September 09, 2009  
Contact Information:  Cindy Lanham

VERSAILLES, Ky. (Sept. 8, 2009) –  Gov. Steve Beshear today presented two ceremonial checks in Versailles for grants awarded for wastewater system improvements and the purchase of new radios for emergency response units throughout Woodford County. 

The city of Versailles was awarded $1.3 million for a sewer disinfection conversion project and general wastewater system improvements that were included for funding in the biennial budget bill passed by the 2008 r General Assembly and signed by the Governor.

“This is a vital investment in the community that will ensure safe, sanitary sewers and wastewater treatment facilities to supply citizens with the best possible water treatment,” said Gov. Beshear.  “Clean water, including not only  our drinking water, but also our streams and rivers – should be standard all across the Commonwealth.”

The city of Versailles also received $189,000 from the FY08 State Homeland Security Grant program administered by the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS). The grant will be used to purchase radios for the Versailles/Midway Police Department, Versailles Fire Department, Midway Fire Department, Woodford County Fire Department and Woodford County Emergency Medical Services. 

The new radios will enhance communications between first response units in Woodford County, assuring the most efficient coordination during emergency situations.

“We’re happy to find federal funds to continue Woodford’s interoperable program that is so essential not only for the county, but also for communication in the region and the state,” said KOHS Executive Director Thomas L. Preston.