18 area governments get $2.8 million in COVID funds
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Another 18 Eastern Kentucky cities and counties governments have been approved for $2,789,546 in reimbursements from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act for expenses related to COVID-19.
Department for Local Government (DLG) Commissioner Dennis Keene said the reimbursements are essential for local governments.
Bath County will use $94,530 for sanitizing supplies, PPE and sheriff’s department payroll.
“This year has been full of trying times,” said Bath County Judge/Executive Bobby Rogers. “With that said, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Gov. Beshear for having the foresight in helping counties during the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Beshear has afforded us a great opportunity to recapture expenses we have incurred during these drastic times.”
Estill County will use $249,768 for sheriff and fire department payroll.
“The efficient and timely turnaround has been a great help to our county during the most challenging time of our lives,” said Estill County Judge/Executive Donnie Watson.
Floyd County will use $664,582 for PPE, sheriffs department payroll, disinfectant, small business relief and supplies for food banks.
“This money will be used for PPE, small business grants, food pantries and our senior citizens meals program,” said Floyd County Judge/Executive Robbie Williams.
Harlan County will use $251,823 for signage, PPE, sanitizing supplies, telework equipment, sheriffs department and emergency management payroll.
Knox County will use $464,875 for cleaning supplies, PPE, sheriffs department and emergency medical personnel payroll.
Leslie County will use $76,658 for telework equipment, senior meals program, PPE, disinfectant and sheriffs department and emergency personnel payroll.
Menifee County will use $89,718 for plexiglass, thermometers and sheriffs department and emergency management personnel payroll.
“These funds were used to support our local law enforcement and prepare our courthouse to serve the public during this pandemic,” said Menifee County Judge/Executive Rick Stiltner.
Owsley County will use $58,703 for plexiglass installation, cleaning supplies and sheriffs department payroll.
“Due to COVID-19, our revenues have decreased, said Owsley County Judge/Executive Cale Turner. “The Coronavirus Relief Funds have been a huge blessing to our small county. These funds are being used to help support our law enforcement officers. Without these funds, our county would have a much greater struggle.”
Wolfe County will use $96,408 for PPE disbursement and payroll expenses.
Barbourville will use $222,838 for video conferencing equipment, telework equipment and police and fire department payroll.
Camargo will use $1,203 for PPE, disinfectant and cleaning supplies.
Clay City will use $44,314 for first responder payroll.
Elkhorn City will use $32,760 for first responder payroll.
Grayson will use $127,864 for sanitation supplies and payroll.
Manchester will use $77,109 for protective barriers and police department payroll.
Pineville will use $128,065 for PPE, telework equipment, small business relief and public safety payroll.
“We are very appreciative of the CARES funding we received,” said Pineville Mayor Scott Madon. “It really came at a good time for us as the city’s finances were at an all-time low during my time as mayor. COVID-19 has hit our small businesses hard, which in turn caused our finances to decrease drastically.”
South Shore will use $19,648 for cleaning supplies, sanitizer, PPE, technology to limit personal contacts and police payroll.
West Liberty will use $88,680 for payroll expenses.
Since the application was released in May, DLG has received approximately 300 applications from city and county governments across the commonwealth. Two hundred eight local governments have been approved for reimbursement, totaling more than $106 million.