Office of Homeland Security
Governor Fletcher Announces Homeland Security Funding for Daviess County

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, September 13, 2005  
Contact Information:  Jason R. Keller

FRANKFORT, Ky.: Today at Owensboro City Hall, Governor Ernie Fletcher announced over $1.3 million in homeland security preparedness funding for First Responder communication infrastructure and equipment in the Owensboro area and a $625,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the Daviess County Sewer Expansion Project.

"Communication is critical in the event of an emergency," said Governor Fletcher. "This homeland security preparedness funding will ensure that first responders will have the equipment they need.

"Additionally, funding for the Daviess County Sewer Expansion Project will provide much-needed infrastructure to a number of homes in this community."

A $1.3 million grant homeland security grant, which will be administered by the City of Owensboro, will go to install infrastructure, such as communications towers and base stations, for mobile data communications among all First Responders. The grant will also be used for the purchase of mobile data computers for installation in law enforcement cruisers. This project will be spread out over a seven-county area which includes Daviess, Union, Muhlenberg, Webster, McLean, Ohio and Hancock Counties.  

Also, a $50,000 homeland security grant was announced to provide funding for the region’s Hazardous Materials (HazMat) team. This will provide the team with search and rescue equipment necessary in the event of a collapsed building.  

The Daviess County Sewer Expansion Project received a $625,000 CDBG check to be used for the Highway 60 East and Westerfield Drive Sewer project. The project consists of the construction of approximately 9,937 Linear Feet of sewer collector main in four areas of the county. Approximately 125 homes in the affected area have failing septic tanks and 33 homes use straight pipes. This has created unsafe and unsanitary conditions and the straight pipes contribute to the pollution of the Ohio River. This project will serve 168 customers.  

Kentucky's U. S. Congressional leaders continued support of the CDBG program has made the funding available nationally as well as within the commonwealth.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development makes these funds available through GOLD, which administers the CDBG Small Cities program in Kentucky.

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