Gov. Beshear Announces $1.6 Million in Funds for Casey and Lincoln Counties

Governor's Office - 11/03/2022

Gov. Beshear Announces $1.6 Million in Funds for Casey and Lincoln Counties
 
Funds provide internet access to nearly 300 people and businesses, expand the kitchen of a senior center, improve sidewalk accessibility

STANFORD, Ky. (Nov. 3, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear announced $1,607,879 in funding to Casey and Lincoln Counties. The funds will provide internet access to nearly 300 people and businesses, expand a senior center kitchen and repair sidewalks in the City of Stanford.

“Today, we announced funds to bring internet access to more Kentuckians, better serve our senior citizens and ensure our sidewalks are safe and accessible,” said Gov. Beshear. “This is the infrastructure of today and of tomorrow. We’re setting Kentucky up for success for years to come by investing in the communities our families call home.”

Casey County Broadband Expansion
Gov. Beshear presented a check to representatives of Cumberland Cellular for the $1,012,879 grant award announced in June, which will expand high-speed internet access to 290 households and businesses in Casey County. These grant dollars, coupled with the matching funds pledged by Cumberland Cellular, represent an overall project investment of more than $2 million. The funds come from a bipartisan agreement signed into law by Gov. Beshear in April 2021 that allocated $300 million in federal American Rescue Plan dollars to bring internet access to unserved and underserved communities across the commonwealth.

“Access to high-speed internet is crucial in the modern day,” said Casey County Judge/Executive Randy Dial. “This funding is going to expand internet to almost 300 homes and businesses in Casey County. This will set us up for economic success and improve the well-being of people in our community.”

Lincoln County Senior Center Kitchen Expansion
Gov. Beshear also awarded Lincoln County $575,000 in Community Block Development Coronavirus Response (CDBG-CV) funds. The funding will go toward the renovation and expansion of the current Lincoln County Senior Center located in Stanford. The project will expand the kitchen and commodity distribution portion of the senior center to accommodate the demand for more readily prepared meals and commodities. The renovations will also include the installation of a covered drive-thru to facilitate non-contact meal and commodity distribution.

“The Lincoln County Senior Center is a vital resource for senior citizens in our community,” said Lincoln County Judge/Executive Jim Adams. “The center serves hundreds of meals to seniors in need each month. The renovations and expansion of the kitchen will help us better serve Lincoln County. This is a great and much-needed project, and we are very thankful for the funding.”

The expansion will include increasing the size of the kitchen space and the installation of commercial-grade appliances.

“The funding announced today will allow us to better serve the aging population in Lincoln County. On behalf of Lincoln County Senior Center, I would like to thank Gov. Beshear and his staff for their consideration and approval of this grant,” said Miranda Perkins, executive director of the Lincoln County Senior Center. “We take great pride in serving our community and thank you again for allowing us to make this impact. Our agency serves thousands of meals each month to the senior citizens of Lincoln County. That demand has increased with the pandemic, in which our services never ceased. This expansion will help those who rely on our vital programs.”

“I’m excited to hear that Lincoln County will receive funding for a renovation and expansion of the senior center. This facility gives our senior residents the opportunity to socialize, do activities, and stay healthy,” Speaker Pro Tem David Meade said.

Stanford Sidewalk Improvements
Gov. Beshear announced $20,000 in discretionary funds from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) to the city of Stanford to replace over 800 feet of sidewalk along Whitley Avenue. The new sidewalks will be more accessible to the many senior residents who live on the street.

Speaker Pro Tem Meade said, “In addition to the funding for the senior center, the funding for the sidewalks on Whitley Avenue will expand safe pedestrian traffic to shops and businesses in the downtown area.”

“We want to ensure our sidewalks are accessible to all of our citizens,” said Stanford Mayor Dalton Miller. “We have a lot of senior citizens along Whitley Avenue, and this funding will make sure they are able to easily walk around their neighborhood. Many thanks to KYTC and Gov. Beshear for helping us with this much-needed project.”

About the Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Response Program
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allocated Kentucky’s Department for Local Government $38 million to help communities prevent, prepare for and respond to the Coronavirus pandemic from the Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Response (CDBG-CV) program. The CDBG-CV program guidelines can be found here.

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