MT. OLIVET, Ky. – Gov. Steve Beshear today joined local officials to announce a new $1 million project to replace an outdated water storage tank in the city of Mt. Olivet in Robertson County.

A recently secured $150,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant helped complete the total funding needed to acquire land, plan and construct the new water tank project.

“Effective, modern infrastructure is imperative for a community to function on a daily basis,” said Gov. Beshear. “Quality infrastructure also lays the foundation for a community’s future economic development. This Mt. Olivet water tank project will resolve residents’ current water infrastructure problems and provide the city and county with a reliable system that allows for future business and housing growth.”

The combined funding for the water tank project includes a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), a $350,000 Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA) loan and the $150,000 ARC grant.

The city of Mt. Olivet’s current water storage tank was constructed in 1959 and in recent years has caused considerable water pressure and supply problems for city residents. For example, the lack of water pressure is not adequate to supply water to the courthouse or upper levels of the local school. Additionally, low water pressure is an extreme safety hazard for fire protection and impedes the city’s potential economic growth and development. The majority of businesses and government offices in Robertson County reside in Mt. Olivet, and the current water tank is the sole provider of water to the city.

This project will demolish the city’s current water tank and replace it with a 100,000 gallon elevated tank. The project also includes replacement of approximately 1200 linear feet of city waterlines. The new tank will provide increased finished-water storage capacity as well as enhanced water pressure for Mt. Olivet. Nearly 600 city and county residents are estimated to benefit from the tank replacement.

“This new infrastructure will help Mt. Olivet reach its full potential. A reliable water supply is crucial to a healthy, growing community,” said Sen. Robin Webb. “I am thankful to Governor Beshear, the Department for Local Government, Kentucky Infrastructure Authority and Appalachian Regional Commission for partnering to make this needed project a reality.”

“I am honored to represent Kentucky’s 78th House District today which includes Robertson County, and having Governor Beshear here today means a lot to the Mt. Olivet community,” said Rep. Tom McKee. “I am extremely pleased about this funding for a new water storage tower that the community so desperately needs. Access to potable water is an absolutely vital component to maintaining positive societal growth.”

“The Beshear administration and the Department for Local Government have worked diligently with Robertson County local officials to secure funding for this much needed water tank replacement project in Mt. Olivet,” said Department for Local Government (DLG) Commissioner Tony Wilder. “Due to the recent ARC grant approval, we are able to get this project off the ground and provide Robertson County residents with a quality, enhanced water system that will service both their current needs and future growth.”

ARC partners with federal, state and local governments in an effort to support sustainable community and economic growth throughout Appalachia by funding projects that range from education and job training to housing and business expansion to transportation and infrastructure development.

The state’s CDBG program is administered by DLG and funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Kentucky’s Congressional leaders’ ongoing support of the CDBG program ensures the availability of continued funding in Kentucky and nationally.




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