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Beshear brings money for water tank

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Governor delivers check for $746,000 to be used on city’s water tank project

By Calen McKinney

The city of Campbellsville is now nearly $750,000 richer, thanks to a state grant to help pay for a new water storage tank.

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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear was in Taylor County on Tuesday afternoon to announce that the city has received a $746,000 grant to help fund a water tank project in the industrial park.

At the ceremony, Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young welcomed the many local and state officials and residents who attended.

“You all, this is a good day,” he said.

Young said the city applied for a Community Development Block Grant for the water tank project last year and was turned down. He said he talked to Beshear and other officials about how the city desperately needed the project to come to fruition.

“They said, ‘Mayor, re-apply. Give it another try.’”

The grant will be used toward the design and construction of a 1-million gallon water storage tank and the removal of two unsafe and deteriorated tanks built in the 1950s.

Department for Local Government Commissioner Tony Wilder told the crowd that their mayor is very articulate, passionate and persuasive. “We’re here to celebrate a number of things,” he said. “The main thing being persistence.”

Beshear said Young and Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers pushed for the grant and showed state officials just how important the water tank is to the residents of Taylor and surrounding counties.

“And, because of that, we’re here today,” Beshear said. “This is a big step forward in a critical project.”

Beshear said there is nothing people need more than good, clean drinking water. This new water tank will help with that, he said. The total project cost, Beshear said, is $2.38 million and will increase the county’s water capacity by 400,000 gallons.

He said that will not only benefit the 9,000 existing city water customers, but also those in surrounding counties.

“It will also pave the way for growth,” he said.

The city of Campbellsville operates a water treatment and distribution system for the city and part of Taylor County.

The current system includes six water storage tanks. The state’s Division of Water has issued warnings for two of the tanks citing their poor condition. And, Beshear said, residents in the area have often been told to boil water they use for human consumption.

Beshear said the city of Campbellsville has also received Kentucky Infrastructure Authority grants totaling $750,000, which have been authorized by legislators.

The remainder of the project, which will total $884,000, will be paid for with a federal low-interest loan. Beshear said Young and Campbellsville City Council members deserve a lot of credit for getting the CDBG grant, which was not an easy task.

In a tough economic time, Beshear said, it’s important to invest in a community.

“This is one of those investments that are gonna pay off, folks,” he said. Beshear said the new water tank will help the community develop and could bring companies and jobs to the area.

“So that our kids, your kids, can stay here if they like,” he said.

Rogers thanked those who help secure the grant, which he said will yield economic development.

“It’s going to bring more industry,” he said. “It’s going to help more families.” Rogers said the county will be able to provide more water services to its neighbors after the new tank is built.

“This is going to help make Campbellsville and Taylor County more prosperous.”