Bill Neikirk with the Mill Springs Battlefield Association summed it up

best. "It feels like we won the lottery today," he said before a crowd of

area officials Monday morning at the ASPIRE Center.

Neikirk and other members of the Battlefield Asso-ciation had just

received two large chunks of Transportation Funding enhancement. And he

wasn't the only happy person in the room Monday.

Projects throughout the region were awarded a total of nearly $2.4

million in discretionary funds from Governor Ernie Fletcher's office. The

biggest check of the day was presented to Monticello Mayor Kenneth Catron

and County Judge-Executive Greg Rankin. The $750,000 project represents a

streetscape improvement project in downtown Monticello, that will include

underground utilities, curbing, sidewalking and other improvements.

Kentucky Secretary of Transportation Bill Neighbert noted that this was

the best application they had ever received for Transportation Enhancement


"We are very pleased with this," noted Catron, after the presentation

was made.

The downtown project was one of two in Wayne County that received

funding. The Mill Springs Battlefield Association received $160,000 in

Transportation Enhance-ment funds to purchase 27 acres of battlefield

property in the Beech Grove area of Wayne County.

The Battlefield Associa-tion also received $560,000 for the purchase of

158 acres of battlefield property in Pulaski County.

Other projects announced during Monday's ceremony were:

* Safe Routes to School, Russell County Board of Education, $57,650,

Sidewalk Project

* Safe Routes to School, Citizens of Columbia, $94,000, Sidewalk

Improve-ment Project

* Transportation Enhance-ment, City of Liberty, $480,000, Construction

of Shared Youth Trail

* State Construction Funds, Adair County Fiscal Court, $240,000, Road


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