The Cadiz Record
While speaking in downtown Cadiz Saturday morning, Gov. Ernie Fletcher said he had pledged to not forget Western Kentucky in his 2003 campaign.
He then tried to prove his point by presenting five ceremonial checks to the city and county.
Before the checks were given, Rep. James Carr (R-8th District) spoke of his childhood memories sitting on the Trigg County courthouse lawn with his grandfather and watching the men “spitting, smoking pipes and telling tales.” He said his fondness for the town carries over to today and that was why he was glad he was able to work with the rest of state legislators to secure money for economic development.
Rep. Melvin Henley (R-6th District) expressed his gratitude to Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) for their attention to the county.
“Every time we look up, [the governor] is here and usually has some money from the state treasury,” he said. He added that he wished Sen. Mitch McConnell could help get some federal money to help build new Barkley and Kentucky Lake bridges.
Fletcher then presented the first check of the morning in the amount of $341,166 to Benson International. Plant manager Marvin Whitt said Benson was grateful for the extra funding and that it would help them continue to grow at a fast rate. He said the plant should have more than 100 employees by the end of the year and that he hoped to have more than 200 by the middle of next year.
A check for $1 million was then given for the Cadiz Housing Rehabilitation Project. Fletcher said he wanted to thank Rep. Ed Whitfield and Sen. Jim Bunning for their efforts in securing the funding.
“If they didn’t fight for that money, it might have gone to New York or California, which usually get the lion’s share,” he said.
Fletcher said he hoped the next check would be a surprise, and judging by the reaction of Renaissance on Main Director Cindy Sholar, it must have been. When Fletcher presented the city with $175,000 for construction of sidewalks, curbs, accessible ramps and crosswalks, Sholar let out several yelps of joy. She even hugged the governor when he presented the check.
Finally, Fletcher presented a check for $2.75 million for bridge replacement on KY 272 and another for $38.76 representing all the money that was spent in Trigg County for the budget year.
“Please know that it’s been an honor to serve you,” Fletcher said as he prepared to leave.
“You can surprise us with $175,000 any day,” Mayor Lyn Bailey said.