FRANKFORT, Ky. (5/13/14) — Over $1.13 million in projects and services were approved for the tri-county region by the state legislative Government Contract Review Committee in Frankfort.
That funding will provide over $800,000 in coal severance money for water, roads and local building needs, including an additional $386,433 for the Muhlenberg County Fiscal Court to pay bonds on courthouse construction and cover costs for construction of the county emergency services complex.
Funds provided to the Muhlenberg County Fiscal Court for debt payment and construction needs for the courthouse and emergency services complex total more than $1.7 million, according to a listing reported by the committee.
“The use of coal severance dollars to satisfy the bond indebtedness owed for the renovation of our 100 plus year old courthouse and construction of the 9-1-1 center enable the county to have state of the art facilities and pay for them without utilization of local tax dollars,” said State Rep. Brent Yonts, D-Greenville, who is a member of the committee. “We are proud of this fact and of the facilities we have. I commend the Fiscal Court and Judge Newman for their insight.”
Coal severance funds provided for water projects in the area totaled $150,000, with $50,000 each provided to the cities of Dawson Springs, Hanson and White Plains in Hopkins County for local water needs.
Dawson Springs will use its funds to paint and recondition the city’s three water tanks and replace filter media at the water plant. Hanson will purchase and install new water meters for residents and make repairs and upgrades to the city’s tank and Carhartt pump station and White Plains will buy and install a pump station to maintain consistent pressure in the city’s water system.
Dawson Springs also received $43,000 in federal funds to buy and install playground equipment for Dawson Springs City Park. And the City of Nortonville, also in Hopkins County, received coal severance funds totaling $100,000 for fencing for the city ballpark, resurfacing of basketball and tennis courts, and lake fencing and renovations.
For Hopkins County itself, the committee approved $200,000 in coal severance funds for road equipment including a lift, wheel loader, truck, and truck bed. Also approved was $131,400 in state General Fund dollars for long-term residential substance abuse recovery treatment for state inmates housed in the Hopkins County Detention Center, and $19,870 in agency funds to Baptist Health Madisonville for the “Think Pink!” Breast Health Program to increase breast cancer awareness to medically underserved women in Muhlenberg, Hopkins, and Caldwell counties.
The committee also approved :
- $70,819 in federal funds for the City of Greenville to build a half mile of trail, two foot bridges, signs, and trailhead facilities at the Luzerne Lake City Park.
- $28,185 in additional agency funds for Pennyroyal Regional Mental Health-Mental Retardation Board located in Christian County for administrative nursing services at the Western State Nursing facility.
- $3,000 in additional federal/state/agency funds for Pennyroyal Mental Health’s community-based services.
- Extension of time on memoranda of agreement for: workforce training through Hopkins County Fiscal Court; downtown renovations through the City of Greenville; establishment of a synergy lab at Madisonville Community College, and; building of a splash park through Hopkins County Fiscal Court.
Information provided by Rebecca Hanchett
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