September 17, 2010
U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced today that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), in partnership with the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority, will award $675,000 to the City of Beattyville for its downtown waterline improvement project. This project is expected to improve water services to hundreds of households and businesses in Lee County.
“Enhancing our water system infrastructure is a critical step toward improving our environment, increasing public health, and growing our local economy,” said Rogers. “These funds will vastly improve the water flow and water pressure to our neighbors and downtown businesses in Beattyville. Following the tragic downtown fire that destroyed three small businesses, I am pleased to see that these much needed upgrades are taking place to ensure improved fire response and to give our families and business owners greater peace of mind.”
ARC awarded the City of Beattyville a $500,000 grant for the downtown waterline improvement project. This important funding will be supplemented by a $140,000 grant and $35,000 loan from the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority– bringing the total project funding to $675,000. The City will use this funding to install 3,600 linear feet of waterline and 9 flushing hydrants in order to improve the water pressure and flow for emergency situations within the downtown area.
Throughout his tenure in the House of Representatives, Rogers has worked to secure funding for water improvement projects in the fifth congressional district. In 1997, Rogers founded Eastern Kentucky PRIDE to promote Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment in 38 counties. PRIDE unites citizens with the resources of federal, state and local governments to improve water quality in the region, clean up illegal trash and solid waste that would pollute local rivers and streams, and promote environmental awareness and education in our communities.
Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information visit www.halrogers.house.gov.