MARTIN, KY -- U.S. Representative Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) joined local officials in Floyd County on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the completion of the new Martin Volunteer Fire Department as part of the Martin Redevelopment project designed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The project includes flood safe redevelopment, mandatory floodplain evacuation, voluntary flood proofing and acquisition, and relocation of public facilities.
“This new fire station is a symbol of hope for the City of Martin, where families and businesses have suffered far too long from major flooding,” said Rogers. “The redevelopment site is unique, but for a city that has suffered ten major floods in its history, a drastic plan was required.”
Rogers presented the volunteer firefighters with a U.S. Flag that had been flown over the U.S. Capitol in honor of this milestone for the City of Martin.
Rogers joined Col. Steven McGugan, Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Huntington District; Sam Howell, Mayor of Martin; R.D. “Doc” Marshall, Floyd County Judge Executive; and local residents to celebrate the first opening of several facilities planned for the City of Martin. Two additional public facilities are slated for relocation to the new site, the Martin Town Hall and Police Station, as well as the Floyd County Alternative School.During the ceremony, Rogers honored Marlana VanHoose for inspiring thousands of people across Kentucky with her beautiful voice in spite of her physical challenges. VanHoose sang the National Anthem and received a “Hal Rogers Difference Maker Award."
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.