Kenton awarded state grant of $332,618

Kenton awarded state grant of $332,618
Kenton awarded state grant of $332,618 | Kenton awarded state grant of $332,618

By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
Kenton will be much better prepared in the event of future flooding thanks to a near $333,000 state grant delivered Friday afternoon by state Rep. Bill Sanderson.
He brought the giant symbolic check to a group of smiling Kenton officials.
The actual amount of the check was $332,618 and it will be used to elevate the city’s lift station and to buy three electric generators.
“We really needed this,” Mayor Virginia Davidson said as she accepted the check.
“This grant will go a long way to help Kenton with its lift station,” Sanderson said.
“We all remember how devastating the flood of 2010 was. Electricity was out all over town,” he said.
During the 2010 floods, 42 families in Kenton had to be evacuated to the city’s community center. Kenton City Hall and the Kenton Fire Department were used as command stations.
“I am honored to present this check to the City of Kenton to purchase emergency generators and to repair the sewer lift station that was severely damaged by the flood of 2010,” Sanderson said. “This is going to improve our overall sewage treatment process and our ability to withstand another flood of this kind and this grant will positively affect over 1,300 households.”
There were 10 grants awarded statewide by the state Department of Economic and Community Development, two of which went to projects in Sanderson’s legislative district.
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by email at kmbowden@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 4.9.13

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