Gov. Beshear presents water system improvement money in Hopkins Co.

Published: Nov. 10, 2021 at 3:06 PM CST
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HOPKINS CO., Ky. (WFIE) - Governor Andy Beshear joined local leaders to announce funding for infrastructure improvements in Hopkins County.

He presented the money in Mortons Gap as part of the Better Kentucky Plan’s Cleaner Water program.

Morton Gap is being given $109,000 to help fund the efforts.

You can watch the full announcement in the video below:

Rep. Jim Gooch, Rep. Melinda Gibbons Prunty, Hopkins County Judge/Executive Jack Whitfield Jr., Mortons Gap Mayor Chris Phelps and Nortonville Mayor Scotty Harvey were all at the event.

Six homes are getting clean drinking water for the first time.

Mayor Phelps described how he’s had to tell people they just can’t afford to get them drinking water. He says this money is important because it helps them give their people the basic needs to live.

Gov. Beshear said projects that provide baseline needs help the people of Kentucky prepare for what he hopes is a resurgence within the state.

“If you look at it in the midst of what’s going on with our economy - an economy on fire - it means we can get Hopkins County and western Kentucky ready,” Beshear said. “Ready to take advantage of his job opportunities so we can all succeed.”

By the end of the year, the Governor said they hope to have a project like this in every county of the commonwealth.

Mayor Phelps said they hope to have this running water out to these six homes in early 2022.

The Better Kentucky Plan’s $250 million Cleaner Water Program. The program is estimated to create approximately 3,800 jobs across the state.

The Governor also presented ceremonial checks for discretionary transportation funding and a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant.

The project includes the repair or replacement of outdated fittings, valves, fire hydrants and water meters, and the addition of a new supervisory control and data acquisition system (SCADA).

The investment will help remedy habitual line breaks, which cause inadequate pressure, severe water loss and costly repairs. New technology will help the city monitor water flow, quickly identify leaks and abnormal usage and make quick adjustments to minimize outages.

Gov. Beshear also presented a ceremonial check from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) for $473,151, representing discretionary funding for much-needed resurfacing on portions of five county roads.

“Transportation infrastructure is about a lot more than interstates and parkways,” Gov. Beshear said. “We’re just as committed to improving the local streets and roads that affect the everyday lives of Kentuckians – the roadways that lead to their homes, schools, job sites and houses of worship.”

The discretionary funding is from the KYTC Department of Rural and Municipal Aid. It will be applied to projects to resurface portions of five local routes: Old Nortonville Road, Dockery Road, Hollis Lane, Old Price Road and Frank Cox Road.

The Governor presented a ceremonial check representing a grant approved earlier this year for the City Nortonville to fund improvements for its park and soccer complex.

The city will use $125,100 to replace fencing around the majority of the City Park and upgrade the concession stand and restroom facility.

They will also use funds for earthwork and drainage improvements, to pave the parking area and add LED lighting, new bleachers, trash receptacles and signage.

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