The City of Somerset hosted an open house at the newly expanded Somerset Water Treatment Plant on October 21st in celebration of its completion. The plant utilizes state-of-the-art membrane treatment technology to continue providing the 110,000 citizens of Pulaski and surrounding counties with a high quality and reliable water supply. The $25 million project was the largest American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funded water project in the United States.
The event was attended by local and state dignitaries, members of the city and utility as well as other community representatives. After a ceremony and lunch, a tour was conducted to highlight the new facility improvements.
CTI Foods is investing more than $42 million in an initial expansion to its operations center in Owingsville, Kentucky, as part of a $58 million total expansion which will add nearly 200 full-time jobs at the facility. The expansion will affect the facility’s product line and requires the construction of a new equalization basin and pretreatment facility at the Bath County Industrial Park wastewater treatment facility located adjacent to the operations center.
The City of Owingsville, in partnership with CTI Foods, held a check presentation ceremony June 9, 2014, to accept a check from the US Economic Development Agency (EDA) in the amount of $1,250,000. Also included in the funding package is a $1,000,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and $650,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).
Dignitaries in attendance at the event included Tony Wilder, Department for Local Government Commissioner; Phil Paradise, US EDA Regional Director; Pam Farmer, US EDA Representative; Andy Barr, Congressman; Mayor Gary Hunt, City of Owingsville; Tony Walker, CTI Plant Manager; Gail Wright, Gateway ADD Executive Director; Jocelyn Gross, Gateway ADD Project Administrator; Steve Faudere, Water and Sewer Superintendent; Mellisa Hodge, Water and Sewer Secretary; Kathy Conway, Owingsville City Clerk; Doug Copher, Bath County Fiscal Court Treasurer as well as representatives from the Bath County Industrial Board and other community members.
The City of Monticello, Kentucky, held a groundbreaking ceremony June 6, 2013, to mark the beginning of the Monticello Water Treatment Plant Improvement Project. The project is an expansion of the existing 3 mgd conventional water treatment plant (WTP) to a 4.5 mgd membrane WTP adjacent to the existing site and utilizing portions of the existing facility.
The project is fully funded through $1,000,000 CDBG grant, $500,000 ARC grant and $9,246,000 USDA Rural Development grant and loan package. Dignitaries in attendance at the event included Tony Wilder, Department for Local Government Commissioner; Thomas Fern, USDA Rural Development State Director; Karen Kelly and Shannon Rickett, Congressman Hal Rogers’ Office; Brian Mills, Senator Rand Paul’s Office; Donna McClure, Senator Mitch McConnell’s Office; Peggy Satterly, ARC/CDBG; Vernon Brown, Rural Utilities Service Program Director; Mayor Jeffrey Edwards, City of Monticello and Judge Executive Greg Rankin, Wayne County. The event was also attended by Council Members Charles Peters and Martin Breeding, Magistrate Dale Vaughn, representatives from the Lake Cumberland Area Development District, Kerry and Joe Smith, Owners of Smith Contractors and other community and utility representatives.