City of Middlesboro Receives $1,000,000 Grant from Appalachian Regional Commission

Press Release - 07/17/2019

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City of Middlesboro Receives $1,000,000 Grant from Appalachian Regional Commission

Grant Will Make Significant Improvements to Wastewater Treatment Plant

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 17, 2019) – The Department for Local Government (DLG) has announced a $1,000,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for the City of Middlesboro. The federal funds will allow for improvements to the wastewater treatment plant that serves the 4,345 households and 609 businesses of Middlesboro with adequate wastewater treatment.

Upgrades during the first phase would include rehabilitating a clarifier and sludge filter belt press mechanism at the Middlesboro Wastewater Treatment Plant by replacing a significant number of parts in cramped quarters. The project will remove the existing clarifier mechanism from one of the two clarifiers and replace it with an equivalent system. Similarly, one of the two existing sludge filter belts presses will be taken out of service to repair by replacing critical components.

“Properly managed wastewater treatment services are vital to the public health and safety of our Commonwealth,” DLG Commissioner Sandra K. Dunahoo said. “This investment will support critical upgrades necessary to provide services to hundreds of businesses and thousands of household in Middlesboro.”

“The health and safety of our community is among our primary concerns, and these funds will provide much-needed upgrades to our wastewater infrastructure,” Mayor Rick Nelson said. “I very much appreciate Governor Bevin, Commissioner Dunahoo, and their staff for supporting the City of Middlesboro with these funds.”

About the Appalachian Regional Commission

The Appalachian Regional Commission is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 420 counties across the Appalachian Region. ARC's mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia to help the Region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation.