Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) announced today a $1 million Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the city of West Liberty. The money will be used to fund a wastewater treatment and collection system improvements project.
The city of West Liberty requested the money to expand and improve their existing wastewater treatment plant. The plant was completed in 1990 to meet the anticipated needs of through the year 2010. The growth of this community and the correctional facility has far outpaced the treatment capabilities of the plant. The overloaded wastewater system has caused discharges of sewage into the Licking River as well as raw sewage backing up into individual homes. The CDBG funds will help assure that the West Liberty treatment facility is able to meet the current and future needs of its community.
The company has committed that 51 percent of the jobs created will go to low-to-moderate income Kentuckians.
“Every citizen of Kentucky should have access to basic infrastructure that provides the foundation for healthy lives and a vibrant economy,” Governor Ernie Fletcher commented. “It is wonderful that the City of West Liberty has experienced so much growth, but we must make sure that local services are adequate to meet the needs of the community.”
Governor Ernie Fletcher presented the check to Mayor Robert W. Nickell of West Liberty on Friday, April 22, at the University of Kentucky Technology Center in West Liberty.
Community Development Block Grants are federal monies procured through the efforts of Kentucky’s U.S. Congressional leaders. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development makes these funds available through GOLD, which administers the CDBG Small Cities program in Kentucky.