$11.6 million going to Perry County to improve infrastructure, Beshear announces

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RISK, Ky. (WTVQ) – $11.6 million is going to four projects in Perry County to help improve infrastructure, public safety and water treatment after devastating flooding, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Tuesday.

Projects include a water treatment plant in Buckhorn, a new ambulance station for Hazard and Perry County, road resurfacing for Coal Fields Industrial Park and Perry County Park improvements.

Buckhorn Wastewater Treatment Plant
Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers presented a check for $8,893,200 to the Town of Hazard and the Town of Buckhorn to build a water treatment plant that could process 2 million gallons per day. The new plant will provide reliable water service to 1,198 households and 19 businesses in the Coal Fields Regional Industrial Park, the town of Buckhorn and the community of Chavies, according to Beshear. This will reduce stress on the existing Hazard Water Treatment Plant and allow for future development and economic growth.

This project is expected to create 364 jobs, maintain 351 jobs and generate $13 million in private investment, according to beneficiary estimates.

Funding comes from federal and state sources:

  • $5 million from the Federal Economic Development Administration
  • $2 million in block grants for community development, administered at the state level by the Department of Local Government
  • $1 million in funding for the Abandoned Mining Lands Economic Revitalization Program, administered at the state level by the Cabinet of Energy and Environment
  • $893,200 in Appalachian Regional Commission funding, administered at the state level by DLG

City of New Hazard and Perry County Ambulance Station
Beshear awarded $1,789,000 in CDBG funding to the City of Hazard and County of Perry for a new ambulance station. The project will renovate the manufacturer’s former supply building in Hazard and convert it into an ambulance station serving northern Perry County. The exterior renovations will include the installation of six garage door bays, garage doors, a new roof and repaving services. Interior renovations will improve walls, floors and ceilings, as well as electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems, according to Beshear.

The Perry County Ambulance Authority will own, maintain and insure the new building.

Road Resurfacing Awards for Coal Fields Industrial Park
Beshear presented $856,110 for Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Perry County, which will help resurface two roads: $719,030 for Coal Fields Industrial Road and $137,080 for Trus Joist Lane.

These roads both pass through the Coal Fields Industrial Park, so the investment will benefit local businesses, employees and the county’s overall economic development efforts as they work to expand the park, according to Beshear.

Perry County Park Improvements
Beshear also announced its recommendation that the National Park Service approve $65,844 in funding to Perry County for Perry County Park Improvements. The project, if approved, would resurface and reline the park’s tennis courts. Additional lighting and new fencing would also be installed around the courts, according to Beshear.

Beshear also thanked Louisiana for helping to send travel trailers to Floyd, Letcher and Perry counties that were originally purchased to house Hurricane Ida survivors. Beshear said to date 299 people have moved into 197 trailers, including 41 in Perry County, and more trailers and locations in Perry County will be available soon. Other flood-affected areas with RV sites include Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Carr Creek, Mine Made Campground and Crockettsville Campground, and will soon include Clay County.

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