U.S. Representative Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) joined local officials in Floyd County on Monday, September 26th to break ground for 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.
“The City of Martin is about to be re-born. Families and businesses in Martin have suffered far too long from devastating floods,” said Rogers. “It is fitting that many of the volunteers who answered emergency calls during those storms be housed in the first facility to relocate to the new site.”
Rogers joined Col. Robert D. Peterson, Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Huntington District; Thomasine Robinson, Mayor of Martin; R.D. “Doc” Marshall, Floyd County Judge Executive; and local residents to break ground on the first of several facilities for the Town 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.
“Thanks to the partnership of Congressman Rogers, the Kentucky Department of Local Government, the Corps of Engineers and the people of Martin, numerous houses and businesses have been removed from the floodway,” said Col. Peterson. "This is an example of a core value that the leadership of Martin shares with the Corps of Engineers--public safety is a priority."
During the ceremony Rogers honored Assistant Fire Chief Jimmy Rudder for dedicating more than 40 years of service to the Martin Volunteer Fire Department. Rudder received a “Hal Rogers Difference Maker Award” for his exemplary leadership and dedication to the City of Martin and surrounding communities. Rudder plans to continue his service in the new fire station when it opens next year.
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.