Tuesday, 05 07, 2013
MT. STERLING, Ky. – Governor Steve Beshear today joined local leaders for a ribbon-cutting for the new Mt. Sterling Police Station in Montgomery County. The new facility replaces the city’s former flood-damaged police station.
“Our police officers and public protectors need quality resources and a reliable, centralized command center to help keep citizens safe,” said Gov. Beshear. “Thanks to this disaster recovery funding, we were able to help the city of Mt. Sterling relocate its police station to a safe building where officers can easily operate and best serve the residents of their community.”
The city of Mt. Sterling needed to relocate their police station because it sat in a flood-prone area. The former, 4,400-square-foot station, flooded three times within the last decade, most recently in May 2010. In that incident, the property suffered extensive damage after more than a foot of water flooded the building.
The city of Mt. Sterling received more than $435,000 in federal Disaster Recovery Project funds to purchase a new building to house the city police station. The funding was administered through the Department for Local Government (DLG).
The new Mt. Sterling Police Station, formerly the Commonwealth Bank Building, is located in downtown Mt. Sterling and has nearly 9,000 square feet of space on three levels. The new station is in a centralized location in the community and sits away from any flood prone areas.
“I am happy that I could be a part of getting funding for a new police station in Mt. Sterling,” said Sen. R.J. Palmer. “A police station serves a vital role in each community. This project will be important in our mission of continuing to provide proper protection and law enforcement for our citizens. This project will improve our community, which will improve the quality of life for our citizens.”
“This new police station will be a much-needed, stable and flood-free environment for our police officers to use, and I am pleased the city of Mount Sterling, with the Governor and DLG’s assistance, was able to relocate from the old facility’s location,” said Rep. Richard Henderson. “Assuring our officers have reliable stations better allows them to provide their vital services to our community.”
“Obviously, our law enforcement facilities are critical pieces of public infrastructure in providing the safety of the public in our communities,” said DLG Commissioner Tony Wilder. “The old Mt. Sterling police station was an inadequate space, and we are pleased that DLG could help facilitate the purchase of a safe, secure property to house the city’s new station.”