By PJ Martin
On Monday, October 3rd, Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman awarded a total of $1,568,171 in funding to Metcalfe County to be used for major projects.
Lt. Gov. Coleman awarded $986,000 in Community Block Development Grant Coronavirus Response (CDBG-CV) funds to build a much larger food bank at George K. Bowling Park. The funds will be used for the larger building, resurfacing the parking lot, and resurfacing the current food pantry lot.
Besides the food pantry, Bowling Park provides shelter for homeless residents along with meals. This money will help to provide much better assistance to Metcalfe County residents.
“Last year Bowling Park gave out over 339,000 pounds of food and that’s above and beyond the commodities and the senior boxes. The need is great in our county and Bowling Park is just so very grateful for this money that we will be able to accommodate the expansion and the needs of our community,” stated Lisa Boswell, Manager of Bowling Park.”
Funds in the amount of $497,961 from the Cleaner Water Program were awarded by Lt. Gov. Coleman to the City of Edmonton to be used for installing waterlines on the Gordon Branch Road and Chris Harper Road.
$451,250 of the funds will be used to install 7,700 feet of 3-inch water main along Gordon Branch Road and $46,711 to install 4,100 feet of 3-inch water main on the Chris Harper Road replacing an undersized line providing better water service to the residents.
“This money will help tremendously in areas that desperately need it. We sure are proud to get it,” said Mayor Doug Smith.
Lt. Gov. Coleman also announced the award of $84,210 in Cleaner Water Program funding to the Green-Taylor Water District to install 8,000 feet of waterline on Rockland Mills Road. The project will provide service to seven previously unserved homes and any future Kentuckians in the area. The homes along Rockland Mills Road currently rely on wells to access clean water.
“These funds are going to help us deliver clean water to seven homes along Rockland Mills Road,” said Mary Ann Larimore of the Green-Taylor Water District.
Judge/Executive Harold Stilts ended the gathering by saying, “Thank you Lt. Gov. Coleman, and thank you and your staff for being here today. And I know the residents of those areas that are unserved with water will be really happy to hear what’s happened today.”