The City of Greensburg, Kentucky, held a ribbon cutting ceremony September 2, 2016, to mark the completion of the Greensburg Water Treatment Plant Project. The project included design and construction of a new 2 mgd conventional water treatment plant to replace the old plant which had reached the end of its useful life. The existing raw water intake and pumping facility were also replaced and a new high service transmission main now connects the new plant to the existing distribution system. The project was designed to allow for future expansion of both the plant and the intake facilities.
The project was fully funded through $1,000,000 CDBG grant, $2,000,000 EDA grant and $4,694,000 USDA Rural Development grant and loan package. Dignitaries in attendance at the event included Tom Fern, Rural Development State Director; Representative Terry Mills; Brian Smith, Field Representative for Congressman Guthrie’s office; Isaac Myers, Field Representative for the Department of Local Government; Mayor Lisle Cheatham, City of Greensburg; John Frank, Green County Judge Executive; Tad Long, Community Development Manager with the Kentucky League of Cities; Tom Noe, Market President at Forcht Bank; and Roger Sabo, Mortgage Loan Originator with Taylor County Bank. The event was also attended by Greensburg City Councilmembers; Board Members from the Green-Taylor Water District; Joe Smith, Owner of Smith Contractors; Bob Hunter, grant writer; and other Rural Development, community, and utility representatives.
On Wednesday, July 29th, 2015, campus and local officials gathered to celebrate the dedication and opening of the Arboretum Shared Use Path; a new shared use path on the southern end of the University of Kentucky’s campus. Located on the western edge of The Arboretum, the path connects bicyclists and pedestrians from neighborhoods in south Lexington to UK’s campus and downtown. It specifically links Shady Lane to University Court; providing a much needed connection from the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government’s existing bikeway system to campus.
Dignitaries on hand for the dedication included UK President Eli Capilouto, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, Councilmember Susan Lamb, UK Parking and Transportation Services Director Lance Broeking, UK Sustainability Coordinator Shane Tedder and Arboretum Director Molly Davis.
The following link offers more information along with a video about the project produced by the UK Public Relations and Marketing Department:
The City of Monticello, Kentucky, held a ribbon cutting ceremony October 2, 2014, to mark the completion of the Monticello Water Treatment Plant Improvement Project. The project included 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 utilization of portions of the existing facility.
The project was 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; Carlos Cameron, Congressman Hal Rogers’ Office; Donna McClure, Senator Mitch McConnell’s Office; Mayor Jeffrey Edwards, City of Monticello; Judge Executive Greg Rankin, Wayne County; and Gene Jones, Manager of the Monticello Utility Commission. The event was also attended by City of Monticello Council Members Charles Peters and Martin Breeding; Monticello Utility Commissioners James Peters, Stewart York and Juanita Allen; representatives from the Lake Cumberland Area Development District; Tim Hopper, First Southern National Bank; Joe Smith, Owner of Smith Contractors; and other community and utility representatives.
A dedication ceremony for the newly renovated Fountain Square in Somerset, Kentucky, was held October 4, 2013. Designed by M2D Design Group and Bell Engineering, the renovation provided a complete overhaul of the existing plaza creating a signature landmark and gathering place in downtown Somerset. The renovations included a new fountain that propels water 15 feet into the air, new landscaping and planters, a variety of steps and benches providing seating, and improved pedestrian access. Memorial bricks and commemorative plaques were also installed and the bronze statue of Sen. John Sherman Cooper was polished and moved to the north end of the square. Last renovated in 1963, the Fountain Square Beautification Project was made possible through an $800,000 Transportation Enhancement Grant and a $200,000 in-kind contribution from the Pulaski County Government.
The City of Lancaster, KY held a ribbon cutting July 6, 2011 to mark the completion of the Phase III Water System Improvements Project. Bell Engineering provided design and construction services for the project which replaced sections of the downtown water system which frequently experienced water leaks and breakages. Approximately 19,300 L.F. of PVC water line was installed improving service to approximately 266 customers. The project was fully funded by an RD loan and grant package. Dignitaries in attendance at the event included U.S. Representative Ben Chandler; State Representative Lonnie Napier; Mayor Brenda Powers, City of Lancaster; Tom Fern, Rural Development State Director and Vernon Brown, Rural Utilities Service Program Director.