Office of Homeland Security
Governor Beshear Announces Homeland Security Grant to Ballard County Fiscal Court

Press Release Date:  Friday, August 01, 2008  
Contact Information:  Antonia Lindauer

Governor Beshear Announces Homeland Security Grant


WICKLIFFE, Ky. (August 1, 2008) – Gov. Steven L. Beshear today announced a U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant for $15,284 to be awarded to Ballard County Fiscal Court. The funds will be used to update the communication infrastructure for the Ballard County Sheriff’s Department.


“In today’s climate, it is vitally important that all first responders have access to interoperable communications,” the governor said. “The new repeater and radios are going to mean greater safety for those answering the call.  The leadership of Judge Vickie Viniard and Sheriff Todd Cooper has made possible a partnership that will further enhance the safety of Ballard County’s citizens.”


The grant will fund the purchase and installation of an additional repeater, expanding the reach of radio communications for the Ballard County Sheriff’s Department in an area of faulty reception.  The grant also will purchase mobile and handheld radios for officers.


Our county has some areas where service is poor.  The antenna will enable us to have better service in those areas, and the handheld units will replace the older units which are about 15 years old,” said Ballard County Judge/Executive Vickie Viniard.  I would like to thank Governor Beshear and the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security for this opportunity to upgrade our communications.” 

“It’s nice to be thought of.  It seems like sometimes we are on our own in this end of the state,” said Ballard County Sheriff Todd Cooper.  “This grant is a recognition that we’re striving to be more professional and work together with other agencies.  This grant will help us to coordinate with our county’s ambulance service, emergency management, and fire department.”  

The grant is made in partnership with Ballard County officials and administered by the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security.