Funds for new senior center still hard to come by
by Alan Reed
Apr 30, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
County Judge/Executive Stan Humphries reported little progress in securing funds for a building to replace the Trigg County Senior Center.

“We’re really at the same point we have been at with $200,000 appropriated for us two years ago in House Bill 280,” Humphries said. “We’ve done what we were required to do to apply for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from what is now known as the Department of Local Government.”

At the moment, Humphries said that the County has no renderings of the building estimated to cost between $1.6 million and $2 million. The county has completed survey work on three acres of land donated by John LeNeave near East Noel Drive, with an option to purchase two more for $30,000.

According to the Judge, Trigg County applied for $500,000, the maximum amount awarded by the CDBG program. The transition of gubernatorial administration in Frankfort delayed a decision on the application. Humphries said that former Ball County Judge/Executive Tony Wilder had been appointed to head the Department of Local Development starting on May 1. Humphries said that all requests had been postponed until then.

“I feel like we are in a good position to receive the funding, but there are a lot of applications and interest from other communities in the state who are trying to do the same thing we are,” said Humphries. “We’ve talked to the representatives and senators to get them to support the grant. I’ve made calls myself, but we are still in a waiting pattern hoping we can rely on the funding for our Senior Center project. As far as I know, the money is available for several projects, but we don’t know if we are going to get all of the money or some of it, though I am confident some will be, and hope ours is one that is accepted.”

Humphries said that he has spoken to U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield (R, Dist. 1) and his field representative, Michael Pape. “We may have some other small opportunities for additional funding. Even if we have some funding in place, we won’t have the money to see the project completed in the scope we want to see it done.”

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