Governor's Office for Local Development
Wayne County Awarded CEGG Funding

Press Release Date:  Monday, March 06, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

        Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today announced that Wayne County will receive $250,000 in funding from the Community Economic Growth Grant program (CEGG).

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.

“The Community Economic Growth Grant exemplifies what is possible when the Executive Branch and the Legislature work in a bi-partisan manner,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher.  “The infusion of these funds will result in over $99 million in successful projects across the Commonwealth.”

The Wayne County Fiscal Court will construct a 6,958 square foot (SF) pre-engineered metal building in addition to a 1,000 SF basement on county owned property to serve as the Wayne County Emergency Medical Services building. The new building will have four double bay doors, crew lounge, kitchen, bunk spaces, dispatch area and equipment storage areas. A classroom, basement, office space and decontamination area will also be included.

Senate President David L. Williams (R-Burkesville) said, “Exemplary emergency medical services are essential to an area's high quality of life.  These grant dollars will help Wayne County build a first-class EMS building.”

            Representative Ken Upchurch (R-Monticello) said the rented building currently serving as the county’s EMS building is over sixty years old and in need of repairs. "I'm glad to see our EMS folks will have the facility they deserve to provide the service they do to our community. Their current building does not meet their needs, as it has only one bay door. For this reason, some emergency vehicles are parked outdoors which endangers temperature-sensitive medications and fluids. The current situation hampers response time in emergency situations."

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.

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.