Community Project Funding

OVERVIEW

Community project funding requests are congressionally directed spending requests submitted by Members of Congress for their respective congressional districts to the Committee on Appropriations for potential inclusion in the appropriations process. Each request must meet strict eligibility guidelines set by the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations. Specifically, requests need to follow the guidelines from the subcommittee of jurisdiction within the Appropriations Committee. In addition, requests must demonstrate strong community support. House Rule 23, clause 17, and supplemental policies require that Members certify no financial interest for the Member or their immediate family in community project funding requests. Representative Guthrie has certified that none of the requests he has submitted for Second District projects have financial ties to him or his immediate family.

PROJECTS
In alphabetical order by city where project is located

Project Name: Chapatcha Industrial Park Development
Intended Recipient: Barren County Fiscal Court  
Address of the Project: 110 Chapatcha Drive Cave City, Kentucky 42127
Requested Amount: $250,000
Member Certification Letter
Project Summary:
The Chapatcha Industrial Park is located in Cave City, Kentucky, a small town in Barren County. One of Cave City’s biggest economic drivers is tourism due to its location between Mammoth Cave National Park and the Cave City Convention Center. The city sits right along the I-65 corridor and has great access to Louisville and Nashville. To date, more than $1.5 million has been invested in the industrial park for infrastructure, clearing, and environmental testing. However, the infrastructure development and site work are not yet completed. Securing funding for the park would help with site development, grading and pad, site plan, preliminary building design, cost, and scheduling that will bring three 10-acre sites up to the Kentucky Build Ready Program standards for an industrial park. This project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because this infrastructure development would help revitalize the community and create economic opportunities. This project would result in needed job creation and capital investment in the community.

Project Name: Spears Creek Pump Station
Intended Recipient: City of Danville, Kentucky
Address of the Project: 825 Hwy 2168 Danville, Kentucky 40422
Requested Amount: $400,000
Member Certification Letter
Project Summary:
This funding is being requested for a clean water project in Boyle County, Kentucky for much-needed improvements to the Spears Creek Pump Station. Specifically, this project entails replacing two pumps and variable frequency drives (VFDs), rehabilitating the wet well, and upgrading the electrical systems. The current pump is not adequate to handle the demands of the system and does not meet current sanitation standards. Further, the current pump has incurred significant repair costs over recent years. This project will provide an essential facility to the entire area around Herrington Lake in Boyle, Mercer, and Garrard counties. Additionally, the city expanded access to the public sanitary sewer by accepting wastewater from eastern Mercer County, due to the closing of the wastewater plant at North Point Training Center, a state prison.  The project also improves runoff and water quality on the east side of Lake Herrington. The additional capacity provided by this project will also foster economic growth for the north side of Danville. This project is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it would ensure the community continues to have access to clean water and a clean environment, provide cost savings for the city and its customers, and be compliant with the EPA. 

Project Name: The Med Center at Caverna Surgery Department, Bowling Green Warren County Community Hospital Corporation
Intended Recipient: The Medical Center at Caverna
Exact address of the Project: The Medical Center at Caverna, 1501 S. Dixie Street, Horse Cave, KY 42749
Requested Amount: $250,000
Member Certification Form
Project Summary:
This funding will be used to purchase surgery equipment for the surgery department of Med Center at Caverna (MCC), which will allow MCC to expand the types of surgeries that can be performed at this hospital in the rural community of Horse Cave, KY.  Med Center Health anticipates the most common procedures will include hernia surgery, hemorrhoid surgery, sebaceous cyst removal, PICC line placement, breast surgery, and other minor outpatient surgeries. MCC estimates that over 300 surgeries per year can be performed with an upgraded surgical department. This will allow patients in Hart County and the surrounding communities to have more surgical services performed closer to home. This is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it will provide better access to health care, reduce travel time and expenses, and increase convenience for Kentuckians in this area.

Project Name: Breckinridge County: “Improve KY 86 from Jesse Priest Road to Rosetta Corners”
Intended Recipient: The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Address of the Project:  KY 86 MP 17.700 to 18.800 Jessie Priest Road to east of Rosetta Corners Road Irvington, Kentucky, 40146
Requested Amount: $1.6 million
Member Certification Letter
Project Summary:
KY 86 is the only east/west corridor across Breckinridge and Hardin counties. This particular project evolved from a 2017 state scoping study to address multiple accidents, including injuries and death from mainly single vehicles. The purpose of this project is to enhance mobility and provide a safer route to and from the regional connections between Hardinsburg, Cecilia, Elizabethtown, the Western Kentucky Parkway, and I-65. Many local citizens travel to work, major retail stores, manufacturing plants, and especially health care providers on this route. The long-term improvement option was recommended to realign the segment by replacing three of the horizontal curves with a single curve for this particular section between Jessie Priest Road and Rosetta Corners Road. The majority of this curvy highway has 9-foot wide lanes and 18-inch shoulders, including hills and limited distance sight not suitable for a main route. With the completion of a substantial industrial project in neighboring Meade County in the near future, the traffic count will increase drastically. The project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it would address the severe safety concerns and accessibility issues with this road. This road has been an impediment to the region. This project would improve the safety of this route for people commuting to schools, places of work, and homes.

Project Name: Lancaster Water Project
Intended Recipient: City of Lancaster, Kentucky
Address of the Project: 743 Water Works Road Lancaster, Kentucky 40444
Requested Amount: $400,000
Member Certification Letter
Project Summary: 
This funding will be used to help complete Lancaster’s new water treatment plant for drinking water. Specifically, this project would make improvements to raw water intake at the Kentucky River, provide for additional instrumentation and controls at the existing intermediated booster pump station, improve the pump motors at the existing intermediated booster pump station, upgrade the existing SCADA system for integration with the new water plant SCADA system, add a maintenance building at the new water plant, and give upgrades to the existing raw water pumps. The existing water plant has been operating for 80 years and has required extensive repairs, particularly as this community has grown over the years. A new facility is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because this project has been sorely needed to protect the community’s water system from catastrophic failure and ensure that the residents of Lancaster and Garrard County have reliable, clean water for years to come. 

Project Name: Baptist Health Medical Group Family Medicine Radcliff
Intended Recipient: Baptist Health Hardin
Exact Address of the Project: 1679 North Wilson Road, Suite 110, Radcliff, KY 40160
Requested Amount: $300,000
Member Certification Form
Project Summary:
Baptist Health Hardin (Hardin) cares for approximately 400,000 residents in 10 Central Kentucky counties (Breckinridge, Bullitt, Grayson, Green, Hardin, Hart, LaRue, Meade, Nelson, and Taylor). By volume Hardin ranks among the top 10 busiest hospitals in Kentucky overall. This project is specific to a clinic that is located right outside the fence of the Fort Knox Army installation in Radcliff, KY. Last year, Baptist Health Medical Group Family Medicine Radcliff cared for 4,173 patients with 30% of the patients covered by military insurance. This clinic commonly provides care to patients who struggle with behavioral issues (anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, drug and alcohol dependence, and more). This community project is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it will support the development of a one-stop clinic to allow the community to receive multiple services under one roof. Additionally, it will provide critical care to the soldiers serving at Ft. Knox and their families, who now largely receive care in the community. This is due to a reduction in services provided on-post with Ireland Army Hospital being downgraded to a health clinic. Specifically, the $300,000 would pay for about half of the $617,511 of construction costs remaining to complete the clinic expansion.

Project Name: Washington County: “Improve U.S. 150 from KY 1872 to Mayfield Lane”
Intended Recipient: The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Address of the Project: 2.08-mile section of U.S. 150 from west of Old Fredericktown-Bardstown Road (KY-1872) to 0.7 miles east of Grundy Home Road Springfield, Kentucky, 40069
Requested Amount:  $1.7 million
Member Certification Letter
Project Summary: 
Springfield, Kentucky is a rural community, which sits along U.S. 150 with limited interstate access. The section from KY 1872 to Mayfield Lane along U.S. 150 is one of the most heavily traveled roads in Washington County with 20 percent of the traffic representing single and combo trucks. U.S. 150 is integrated along the Bourbon Trail, which these trucks frequently utilize when transporting distilled goods. This section of U.S. 150 does not meet the criteria for the 55-mph design speed due to no passing lanes, narrow shoulder widths, and multiple horizonal and vertical curves. Residents in this area greatly rely on U.S. 150 to commute to work and travel to health care facilities. Road expansion and safety improvements would have significant economic benefits and also would provide current and future manufacturing and health care industries a safer and quicker route. This project would not only provide a safer roadway for travelers, but also an improved link to interstate access for I-65 and the Bluegrass Parkway. This would have an immeasurable economic impact to all of central Kentucky. This project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it would allow a safer roadway for travelers, improve connection to interstate access for I-65 and the Bluegrass Parkway, and create economic opportunities.