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.