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The Recovery Act and Infrastructure

We talk about all the excess that is spent from the government. And there certainly is much to look at. Then there are things like this.

An area of the country whose well derived drinking water has been, for a lifetime impacted by coal dust and mercury and heavy metals that are byproducts of the mining industry. These folks in this particular fork have never had fresh water. EVER.

Funding for water lines is approved
Residents in the Holmes Mill area could be one step closer to having “drinkable” water as it was recently announced that the Black Mountain Utility District has been allotted $500,000 for a waterline extension along KY 38 near Klondyke.

In addition to the $500,000 allotted through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Black Mountain Utility District recently received a grant assistance agreement from the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority in the amount of $1,150,000, meaning the waterline extension has been fully funded.

With local officials focused on expanding water service to the far-reaching parts of the county, the recent announcement comes as good news.

“It tickles me to death. That is something we had worked on and were trying to obtain. That will mean that most of the people in the 2nd District have water,” said Chad Brock the magistrate for the district.

“This is a way that we can directly impact our most rural citizens in a positive way. Some of them haven’t had a decent drink of water in their lifetime. The fiscal court set out several years ago to make sure we get water to the far reaches of the county,” Harlan County Judge-Executive Joe Grieshop previously stated about the importance of providing clean water to the county’s residents

Brock added that providing drinkable water to those in the far-reaching areas of Harlan County has been a priority of both himself and the fiscal court.

“The reason that I ran was to get water projects completed. It is a shame that it has taken this long for the money to come for something as essential as water,” he said. “Even if people don’t hook up on it, they should have the option.”

The state received a total of $66.7 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for water and sewer projects. In total, the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority will administer approximately $47.8 billion to fund wastewater infrastructure projects through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and approximately $18.9 million to fund drinking water projects through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.

The Kentucky Infrastructure Authority received 320 applications for water projects and 356 applications for clean water projects, totaling approximately $1 billion. The loan awards will be structured as 50 percent low-interest and 50 percent principal forgiveness.

“President Obama’s economic recovery plan will not only create jobs on basic infrastructure projects, but it will help address both short- and long-term water challenges facing the commonwealth,” said Gov. Steve Beshear.

The Holmes Mill/Klondyke project is only one of several scheduled for around Harlan County. The areas slated for waterline extensions include: the Creeches area of Wallins, Little Shepherd Trail and Cloverlick, among others.

After the waterline extension, nearly all of the county’s residents will have access to water.

“We will be at least at 96 percent or higher. Now, of course, there are people who choose to not take the water yet. But we are talking about water being available to 96 percent of the people,” Grieshop said.

The Harlan Daily Enterprise - Funding for water lines is approved

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Do they have high speed internet connections ?
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Are you telling me that in the Bush Cheney 8yrs before this that that administration could not get these people clean drinking water?

Could anyone here answer the question, rather than giving deflections of course......
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Some areas do and some don't, it depends of a bunch of variables. The CITY of Harlan had cable TV since 1953. That was because, in the mountains that was the ONLY way to get any signal, getting 4 stations, three from Tennessee, one from North Carolina. So piping internet to the city would have been an easy step.

Going into the backwoods is another matter. There are more than one "they" in those hills.

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Are you telling me that in the Bush Cheney 8yrs before this that that administration could not get these people clean drinking water?

Could anyone here answer the question, rather than giving deflections of course......
Or 12 years of Reagan Bush, ALL with Republican Representative, Hal Rogers. The area has been represented by only two people, both Republicans since 1967. The voters from the south central part of the state [tobacco country] put them there, not the mountains.

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My Dad's stepfather was from somewhere in north east Kentucky. As a kid I was quite certain his stories of growing up 'dirt broke poor', and leaving school in the sixth grade were the tallest of tales. Now, as an adult, I'm sure they were not the least bit exaggerated.
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My Dad's stepfather was from somewhere in north east Kentucky. As a kid I was quite certain his stories of growing up 'dirt broke poor', and leaving school in the sixth grade were the tallest of tales. Now, as an adult, I'm sure they were not the least bit exaggerated.
I had uncles who left school in sixth or eight grade to start work to make money for the family. I saw the house that 8 of them grew up in back in Black Mountain [about where the new water lines are going in]. It was about 600 sqft. That was 5 kids, their mother and her disabled parents.

There was no concept of "grass" on the yard. No indoor plumbing and no real heat other than a pot belly stove in the middle of the house. It made them appreciate things.

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