By Eugenia Jones
Last week, McCreary County received awards totaling $896,375 from Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear for infrastructure projects targeting clean water and road resurfacing. The clean water money, funded by the American Rescue Plan Act and administered by the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA) was appropriated at the end of the 2021 General Assembly. The Lake Cumberland Area Development District submitted McCreary and Pulaski Counties’ projects to the KIA. Both counties received funding.
The Governor also presented Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) funding to resurface portions of two specific roads in McCreary County.
McCreary County Judge Executive Jimmie W. Geene II is pleased with the award and extended his thanks to Governor Beshear.
“On behalf of McCreary County and our citizens, we would like to thank the Governor and all those involved for the funding provided under the Cleaner Water Program,” Greene stated. “This will go a long way in improving our infrastructure in McCreary County.”
McCreary County’s State Senator, Senate President Robert Stivers, commented on the focus and initiative of local leaders to improve public health.
”Clean water is the foundation to a health society,” Stivers remarked. “I have great respect for Pulaski and McCreary County leaders for their initiative, drive, and focus to improve public health standards for everyone in this community.”
Plans for the McCreary County funding include the following:
-$380,750 for the McCreary County Water District to add a dry, powdered activated carbon feed system at both of its water treatment plants to absorb organics.
-$252,076 for the McCreary County Water District to replace two existing sanitary sewer pump stations.
-$263,549 for McCreary County to resurface portions of Skullbone Tower Road and Kings Valley Road.
Photo by McCreary County Water District
McCreary County Executive Judge Jimmie “Bevo” Greene and McCreary Water District Superintendent Stephen Whitaker received funds from Governor Beshear through the American Rescue Plan Act. The funding will go for clean water and road improvements.