Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor’s Office for Local Development Presents Funding in Warren County

Press Release Date:  Thursday, June 01, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

       Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today announced two grants for Warren County and Smiths Grove.  Warren County Fiscal Court received a $14,100 Cemetery Preservation grant for Hays, Smith-Runner, Woodburn and New Salem Cemeteries.  The city of Smiths Grove received a $13,000 Community Economic Growth Grant (CEGG) for its city park project.  Speaker Jody Richards and Representative Jim DeCeasre were on hand to present the funding.

“Community development contains many facets that increase the quality of life for an area,” said Governor Fletcher.  “These projects are important to Warren County and Smiths Grove because they are important to the people of the area.”

Community Economic Growth Grant (CEGG) Funding

 The city of Smiths Grove will use $13,000 in CEGG funds to create a city park.  Funds will be used towards the costs associated with the park including lighting, brick pavers and landscaping.

“Parks provide a great service to families in a community by providing them with a place to be together,” said Senator Brett Guthrie (R-Bowling Green).  “Many Smiths Grove residents will find that this park is a fantastic addition to their city.”

Speaker Jody Richards (D-Bowing Green) noted, “With the state of health within the commonwealth, it is now more important than ever that citizens have adequate facilities in which to get physical activity.  I applaud the efforts of community leaders to provide such a facility for area residents.”

"This new city park is going to be a tremendous addition to our community and will help us continue to make Warren County the best place to live, work and raise a family," Representative Jim DeCesare (R-Bowling Green) added. "This grant program was created specifically to enhance the quality of our lives and this city park is going to do just that."

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.  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.

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.

Cemetery Preservation Fund

            The Warren County Fiscal Court received $14,000 for the Hays, Smith-Runner, Woodburn and New Salem Cemeteries.  Funds will be used for initial cleanup, landscaping and fencing.

            Representative Jim DeCesare (R-Bowling Green) said, “By maintaining our cemeteries, we are preserving a portion of our history.  This funding will ensure that these landmarks are around for generations to come.”

            “The genealogical aspect of cemetery preservation provides families who have lived in this area all there life as well as those individuals who are from other places to trace their roots,” noted Representative Steve Nunn (R-Glasgow).  “This funding is important to those efforts.”

            Representative Rob Wilkey (D-Scottsville) said, “Cemetery preservation is an emotional issue for many residents who want to see the final resting place of their loved ones properly maintained.  For citizens who have family members in one of these cemeteries, they will now have a greater sense of peace knowing that the cemetery is being cared for appropriately.”

            The Kentucky Cemetery Preservation program funds maintenance, preservation and restoration activities.  Examples of maintenance activities include initial cleanup and landscaping, purchasing equipment, fencing, signage and improving interior roads. Preservation and restoration activities include acquiring conservation easements, surveying boundaries and repairing and cleaning tombstones.

Other activities that are eligible for funding are historic research, archiving, training to support cemetery preservation and improving access roads.

Counties may establish five-member county cemetery boards to apply for grants. State agencies, local governments, and certain nonprofit organizations – cemeteries, historical and genealogical groups, and local civic groups – also may apply. However, applications from county boards will receive funding priority.

The maximum grant that a group can receive is $25,000 and the minimum grant is $1,000, and a one-to-one local match is required.

        A five-member state board oversees the program and makes funding decisions. The state board is chaired by the Commissioner of GOLD and also represents the Kentucky Heritage Council, the Kentucky Historical Society, the Kentucky Association of Counties and the Kentucky African-American Heritage Commission.