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.