FRANKFORT, Ky. (4/15/14) ― More than $708,000 in federal and coal severance projects and services for the tri-county area were approved Monday by a state legislative oversight committee.
State Rep. Brent Yonts, D-Greenville, a member and former chairman of the legislative Government Contract Review Committee, said the largest amount approved Monday was $500,000 in coal severance dollars to fund construction of an archery sports complex in Hopkins County. The funds will be used for every aspect of construction, including engineering, site work, building, labor, materials and equipment, said Yonts.
“This is a clear example of how coal severance money returned to local communities is building those communities from the ground up,” he said. “It is a sound investment that will improve the local economy during the construction process, and long after.”
Also approved by the committee was:
• An additional $28,897.79 in federal funds for adult drug court treatment through Pennyroyal Mental Health in Hopkinsville;
• Increased coal severance funding for local fire departments including: $5,000 for the White Plains Fire Department in Hopkins County for turnout gear washer and equipment; $5,000 for the Mortons Gap Fire Department in Hopkins County for debt service on a fire truck; $5,000 for equipment for the Nebo Fire Department in Hopkins County; $5,000 for the Nortonville Fire Department in Hopkins County for debt service on a fire truck; $5,000 to St. Charles Fire Department in Hopkins County for equipment and a new storage building; $5,000 to South Hopkins Fire Department in Hopkins County for equipment; $5,000 to Grapevine Fire Department in Hopkins County for debt service on equipment; and $5,000 to the Anton Fire Department in Hopkins County for equipment.
• Increased coal severance funding for the School Counts Program at Madisonville Community College totaling $10,000;
• $120,000 in federal funding for several counties statewide to provide animal tag placement services for the Department of Agriculture;
• $7,950 in federal funds to Murray State University for Avian influenza testing for the Department of Agriculture;
• $1,500 in federal funds to Murray State to conduct Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) testing for the purpose of eradicating BSE in Kentucky. BSE is commonly referred to as “mad cow disease.”
Information provided by Rebecca Hanchett, LRC
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