Hart County Receives $213,325 in ARC Distressed Counties Funds

Press Release - 09/28/2018

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (September 28, 2018) – The Department for Local Government (DLG) has announced $213,325 in Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Central Appalachia Distressed County Infrastructure funding for the Hart County Fiscal Court.

The grant funding will help the county install 4,500 linear feet of waterline along Quarry Road, which will extend service to 10 households that currently rely on private wells.

“Expanding water service to this area of Hart County will encourage future economic development while providing families with access to county water,” DLG Commissioner Sandra K. Dunahoo said. “I’m pleased to support this project.”

In addition to the ARC funding, local sources have invested $91,425 in the project, bringing the total expected cost to $304,750.

“It can be challenging for public utilities to find the funds to improve, repair and maintain water infrastructure,” Sen. Stephen Meredith said. “I’d like to thank the Department for Local Government and the Appalachian Regional Commission for investing in this important project.”

“Local officials have in recent years prioritized the expansion of water service in Hart County,” Rep. Bart Rowland said. “These funds are a much-welcome investment and stand to improve the quality of life for area residents.”

The ARC Distressed Counties Program provides funds for designated counties to undertake projects that strengthen communities. Currently, 84 counties across eight states qualify for distressed county status based on per capita income and rates of poverty and unemployment. This includes 37 counties in Kentucky.

Funds are administered by DLG, an arm of the Office of the Governor dedicated to supporting local officials and communities. For more information, visit dlg.ky.gov.