There was even more good news for Monticello on Saturday, when officials from the Department of Local Government, including Commissioner Sandy Donahoo, stopped in to announce the approval of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

    The Monticello Utility Commission has been awarded a $250,000 grant 
that will be used to replace aging water meters in the system with 
new automatic meters. The MUC applied for the grant funds earlier 
this year that would be used—along with matching monies—to replace 
meters inside the City of Monticello.
    MUC Manager Scott Upchurch welcomed the Frankfort officials, as well 
as local residents who attended Saturday's ceremony.
    "We are excited to be here today for some big news," he said. 
"Today's announcement is an opportunity to celebrate some of the 
planning ahead for the utility system, and we are thankful to have 
the opportunity to share it with you."
    Donahoo discussed some of the goals of the Department of Local 
Government, under the direction of Governor Matt Bevin over the past 
four years.
    "This project ties into the governor's vision because it improves 
your utility system, and that is incredibly important to economic 
development," stated Donahoo. "This project will replace aging water 
meters, and that will help eliminate loss of water and revenue to the 
utility system."
    She noted that there will also be a savings in manpower, since the 
meters will be radio read, eliminating the need for someone to 
actually visit the home and lift the meter box lid to record the 
numbers.
    "This is a decision that will impact our community for the next 10 
to 20 years because that is the lifespan of these meters that we are 
looking to put in," noted Upchurch. "It will help our customers and 
it will really help our system."
    ust Fund to expand community clinical linkage events. These events 
were initially implemented in Northern Kentucky counties with low 
screening rates and now include the five Appalachian Area Develop 
Districts (FIVCO, Big Sandy, Kentucky River, Cumberland Valley and 
Lake Cumberland).  These events target medically underserved women 
who are low income uninsured or receive Medicaid, and non-compliant 
with mammography screening.
    Compared to the US and Kentucky, Appalachian areas of the state, 
including Wayne County, have significantly higher breast cancer 
mortality rates.  Wayne County's breast cancer mortality rate is 1.3% 
higher than the over all Kentucky rate and 1.9% higher than the 
mortality rate for the Lake Cumberland Area Development District. On 
average, 16 people die from breast cancer each year in Wayne County.
    For more information or questions about the "Pink Ribbon Day 
Project" in Monticello, contact Lake Cumberland Regional Cancer 
Control Specialist Wynona Padgett at 606-383-0367 or at Wynona.Padgett@uky.edu.

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