Hancock, Ohio Receives Funding | News


More than $2 million in funding was awarded to Hancock and Ohio counties on Tuesday to help with infrastructure projects.

Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman traveled to counties to announce the awards, which will pay for water and sewer infrastructure.

Funding comes from Governor Andy Beshear’s Cleaner Water Program and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

As part of Beshear’s Better Kentucky Plan, the Cleaner Water Program is funded by the American Rescue Plan Act and administered by the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA), with $250 million earmarked to close the facility. 2021 General Assembly under a Water and Wastewater Grants agreement to fund projects throughout Kentucky. The Green River Area Development District submitted the funding request for this project to the KIA.

“We have to make sure we invest in infrastructure – like clean water,” Coleman said. “I think a lot of us take it for granted that everyone has clean water, and unfortunately that’s not the case. Access to safe drinking water is a basic human right, and it is in large part why we do the work we are here for today.

Coming from a small town, Colman said when announcing that prices hit home.

“On a personal note for me, I’m from the routing metropolis of Burgen,” she said. “It’s 1,000 people and a four-way stop. I know what it’s like growing up in a small rural town and sometimes seeing progress happen around you, but you wonder when it’s going to happen in your hometown, and so that’s very personal to me.

Prizes included more than $1 million for Ohio County projects: $175,763 awarded to the City of Beaver Dam to provide sewer service to 13 households and install a lift station; $178,152 to the City of Fordsville to rehabilitate a water storage tank; $175,764 to the Ohio County Water District to replace water meters; $175,763 to the City of Hartford to rehabilitate a water reservoir; $175,763 to the City of Centertown to replace 3,100 feet of water pipes and 500 water meters; $167,810 to Ohio County from the Kentucky Cabinet of Transportation to resurface portions of Pond Run Church Road; and $744,000 to the City of Hartford through KYTCs Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety in Hartford.

“This project will greatly benefit the immediate needs of residents in our community while providing long-term future benefits for the entire community,” said Beaver Dam Mayor Paul Sandefur.

Ohio County Executive Judge David Johnston said the county was “delighted” to receive the funding to help with other infrastructure projects in the county.

In Hancock County, the City of Lewisport received $320,325 for booster station upgrades and to add 2,900 feet of water lines; and the county received $70,000, through KYTC, to resurface parts of Thomas Lane.

“This is going to be a huge help for our infrastructure,” Lewisport Mayor Chad Gregory said.

Executive Judge Johnny Roberts said the resurfacing is an expensive project to undertake and that contributions, such as the one made by the state, are helpful in continuing efforts to improve the county’s infrastructure.

“This kind of direct allocation to our community really helps,” he said.


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