Funding will be used to improve public safety, repair roads and renovate downtown
On Feb. 9, 2007, Gov. Ernie Fletcher awarded nearly $1 million in community development funding to Shelby County officials for
improvements in public safety infrastructure, renovations to downtown buildings and repairs to county roadways. The governor announced the funding during a visit to the Stratton Center in downtown Shelbyville.
"Investing in economic growth, improving communications among local law enforcement and making roadways safer for travel represent areas which are critical to a community’s development. My administration remains committed to building strong communities across the commonwealth and improving the quality of life for all Kentuckians."
- Gov. Ernie Fletcher
“Investing in economic growth, improving communications among local law enforcement and making roadways safer for travel represent areas which are critical to a community’s development,” said Gov. Fletcher. “My administration remains committed to building strong communities across the commonwealth and improving the quality of life for all Kentuckians.”
$303,471 State Homeland Security grant
Gov. Fletcher awarded a $303,471 Homeland Security grant to Shelby County officials to purchase communications equipment for first responders, mobile data computers for local law enforcement and fund upgrades to the local 911 center.
“Ensuring the safety and security of Kentuckians is one of my administration’s top priorities,” said Gov. Fletcher. “Effective communication is essential to enabling our public safety personnel to prevent crime and respond more quickly to emergencies.”
- $176,799 will purchase mobile data computers for the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, the Shelbyville Police Department and the Simpsonville Police Department.
- $106,254 will be used to upgrade the computer aided dispatch system for the Shelby County 911 center. This system automates much of the information sent to emergency responders, shortening response time.
- $20,418 will be used to strengthen emergency voice communications capabilities within the county for all fire, sheriff and police departments.
Since 2004, Shelbyville and Shelby County officials have received more than $850,000 in state Homeland Security funds.
Transportation and downtown improvement projects
Gov. Fletcher presented ceremonial checks totaling $445,000 to Shelby County officials for transportation improvement projects, including various road resurfacing and repair projects and a bridge replacement. The governor also awarded a $150,000 Renaissance on Main façade grant for the restoration of 16 commercial and six residential buildings in the Shelbyville downtown corridor.
Work on the road projects is expected to begin as soon as weather conditions permit.