As Gov. Beshear explained to iSurf News, “Kentucky gets an allocation of federal money each year for Block Grants and then we go through the process of screening the applications—we obviously get a lot more applications than we have money for—but I get to have a lot of input with that process.”
The CDBG presented to the City of Hanson via Hanson Mayor, Charles Young, totaled in at nearly $867,000 dollars and will be put toward completing the second phase of a sewer and water system reconfiguration plan initiated in February, 2000.
“When you see a situation like you have here in Hanson, where they’ve already completed phase one and they’ve got 65% of the system done, you need to follow up on that and make sure that you’ve got a good, complete, and sanitary sewer system,” said Gov. Beshear. “It’s going to help Hanson to grow and prosper, so this was an easy call for me. As Governor, it’s my priority to improve the quality of life for Kentuckians.”
The second phase of the current sewer and water project in Hanson aims to finalize a complete sewer system overhaul, wherein the remaining outdated “grinder pump” systems will be updated to more efficient and sanitary “gravity flow/feed” systems.
“This old system costs about $60,000 a year out of the city’s budget to maintain, plus the cost of the employee’s time to maintain it,” said Gov. Beshear. “This Community Development Block Grant of $868,860 will provide half the money for phase two, which is going to fix the remaining 35% of the system. Additional funds—that will go in with that half of the money—are being provided by the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority and the USDA Rural Development Program.”
Approximately 95 customers will be affected once the project is completed. Officials are hopeful that the remaining 35% of the sewer and water project will be completed by the late summer or fall season in 2011.
Additionally, Gov. Beshear also presented a $125,000 Energy and Conservation CDBG to the City of Madisonville via Madisonville Mayor, Will Cox.
As Beshear explained, the grant looks to fund the installation of new, energy efficient LED lights at 11 intersections in the Madisonville area. The grant will also be used to purchase 2 energy efficient heating and cooling units in two city buildings.
“That’s going to have 3 benefits,” said Gov. Beshear. “First, it’s going to lower the utility cost by reducing energy. It’s also going to reduce air pollution because it requires less energy. And, finally, it’s going to spur economic development.”
In response to the presentation of the CDBGs, Senator Jerry Rhoads stated that, “It’s great to see the two communities coming together like this, and I think this is a milestone to get phase 2 underway, not only to accommodate the remaining residents in the City of Hanson, but also to accommodate the future growth that will inevitably occur.”
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