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Ballard IDA COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant Fund
Is your business still struggling with the effects of COVID-19? In conjunction with the Ballard County Fiscal Court, the Ballard County Industrial Development Authority will be releasing a second round of COVID-19 funding. Apply for up to $2,000 per business (including non-profits and churches). APPLICATIONS WILL BE SUBMITTED ONLINE BY CLICKING HERE. In order to insure a smooth application process, please have the following information prepared beforehand:
- Business EIN/TIN, addresses, and related identification information
- Employee count (part time and full time)
- How you plan to utilize the relief funds
- IRS form W9 or 501 (c) (3) exemption letter ***
*** Churches need not submit either with their applications
Applications will be accepted until 12 noon CST on January 14th, 2022. Submitting an application does not automatically guarantee award, and awards are made at the discretion of the Ballard IDA board. Questions about the application process can be answered by calling the Ballard IDA Consultant Hannah Chretien at (270) 462-2952 or by email at email@example.com”
Federal Funding For Proposed Ballard County Riverport ‘In Review’
The West Kentucky Alliance for a Vibrant Economy (WAVE) held its third biennial conference virtually, featuring panels and speakers that included U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Gov. Andy Beshear, Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams and William Paape with the U.S. Department of Transportation, among others.
“We at the [U.S. Maritime Administration] strongly believe that our nation needs the right kind of ports at the right size in the right places — with the appropriate, advanced technology and infrastructure — to continue to compete in domestic and global markets,” said PaApe, associate administrator of ports and waterways for the Maritime Administration at USDOT.
WAVE, representing Ballard, Carlisle, Hickman and Fulton Counties, has been working to establish a river port south of the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers as part of their economic revitalization efforts, according to The Waterways Journal Weekly. This Ballard County port would work in conjunction with the port being developed in nearby Cairo, Illinois.
The $14 million grant would come from the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) initiative, which has awarded $8.935 billion in grants since 2009.
The panel that discussed the proposed port at the conference consisted of Pape with the Maritime Administration; Bill Miller, port director for West Kentucky Regional Riverport Authority; Jason Halligan, an attorney with Frost Brown Todd; and Aaron Barrett, senior vice president of vessel operations for Ingram Barge.
The fiscal year 2021 applications for RAISE funding are currently under review, Pape noted, with a reward announcement coming by the end of this calendar year.
“The DOT is seeking rural projects that address deteriorating conditions and disproportionately high fatality rates on rural transportation infrastructure,” Pape said. “DOT will consider how a proposed project will address the challenges faced by rural areas. As the bipartisan infrastructure package takes shape, we expect that more funding may become available.”
The proposed port could initially create 50-60 “well-paying” jobs and “many more” in the future, Miller said, noting the West Kentucky Regional Riverport Authority is not talking to any “distant shippers” outside of Kentucky at this time.
Halligan with Frost Brown Todd said the proposed port would have a strong economic impact on the region, especially when considering the neighboring businesses who would provide supplies or otherwise support the development.
“The fact that we have multiple businesses at this early stage saying, ‘Sign me up, I want to be a customer of this riverport,’ is a strong indication that we have the demand that we need to help offset costs and make a riverport make sense from a financial perspective,” Halligan said. “With the strong leadership of the WAVE counties and the city of Wickliffe, we’ve got the leadership at the local level, we’ve got the support from the state officials, and strong support from our federal officials, as well.”
This followed Rep. James Comer’s opening remarks in opposition to the expense associated with the Biden administration’s $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill and a separate $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package, calling the larger bill a “liberal Christmas wishlist.”
“We’re spending way too much money in Washington,” Comer said. “The federal government is straddling an immoral amount of debt on the future generations. I’m working on that.”
USDA INVESTS OVER $933,500 IN WESTERN KENTUCKY RIVER COUNTIES
The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Kentucky State Director Hilda Legg announced today the Trump administration is investing $933,592 across 14 different projects in Ballard, Carlisle, Fulton, Hickman, and McCracken counties.
“Here we have a great cross section of how Rural Development improves the quality of life and economy in rural America – from energy efficiency to life-saving equipment,” said Legg. “Thanks to the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA Rural Development continues to be a valuable partner in helping rural businesses and communities across the commonwealth.”
The city of Arlington will use a $21,300 grant and a $7,200 loan to purchase a four wheel drive pickup truck for the City of Arlington’s Road Department. It will be used as a multi-functional vehicle for public safety, traffic control, clearing roadways, and emergency response. The city of Arlington will also use a $14,700 grant and a $5,000 loan to purchase a new utility tractor for the road department to replace an older, unreliable implement and continue to provide public safety and clean roadways for a rural population in Carlisle County.
The city of Bardwell will use a $50,000 grant and a $28,700 loan to purchase an excavator for the Street Department. The excavator will be used to maintain ditches, replace culverts, clear debris, and perform street repairs. The city of Bardwell will also use a $31,700 grant to purchase a four-wheel-drive truck. The city
will use the truck for street maintenance, clearing debris from roadways, hauling equipment to job sites, and snow removal in order to maintain public safety for residents. The city of Bardwell will also use a $33,900 grant and an $11,300 loan to purchase extraction equipment (jaws of life) for the fire department to respond to vehicle and ATV accidents on Highways 51 and 62, both of which run through town, and at the new ATV park.
The city of Barlow will use a $13,550 grant and an $11,100 loan to purchase a tractor for the Road Department to replace an older vehicle that is in disrepair in order to maintain/clean public roadways and ensure public safety.
The city of Clinton will use a $49,600 grant and a $33,800 loan to purchase two 2020 Dodge 4×4 trucks, equipped with snow plows and salt spreaders for inclement weather and equipped with Narcan to address opioid-related emergencies. The city of Clinton will also use a $50,000 grant and a $37,100 loan to purchase a new backhoe loader for the county road department to grade ditches and repair roads.
Hickman County Fiscal Court will use a $99,575 grant to make repairs and/or replace the county courthouse’s deteriorating roof. Renovations include the removal and disposal of the existing roof, installation of a new roof, gutters, and fascia. Hickman County Fiscal Court will also use a $39,251 grant and a $73,000 loan to purchase
three new crew-cab trucks for the Hickman County law enforcement department and for the Road Department. The vehicles will be used to pull a hazardous materials response trailer for the clean-up of meth labs, carry Narcan and drug testing kits, store personal protective equipment such as gloves, air filters, and Nomex suits for drug related searches, and aid in search-and rescue missions through the transport of a four-wheeler. The Road Department truck will be used to haul food deliveries to the Senior Citizens Center and the Mission House as part of the Feeding America program and to remove solid waste recycling for the community, as well as maintain roads for public safety.
The city of Hickman will use a $45,000 grant and a $193,000 loan to finish a project to correct an aged and failing sewer system by installing two new external larifiers to improve settling and solids removal and a new sludge pumping system to allow proper operator control of the solids. The project includes the cleaning and use of closed-circuit television of 25 lines to assess and rehab/repair/replace 53 manholes and one lift station.
Charles Myatt will use a $12,816 grant to make energy efficiency improvements (installing an Ecodrum Composter) at his poultry farm. The project will save approximately 125,996 kWh of energy per year.
Twin City Ambulance Service Inc. will use an $18,000 grant to purchase a generator, 10 automated external defibrillators, and 10 pediatric pads. The generator will ensure continued USDA Rural Development operations to a facility that houses administrative office and medical supply storage, and first responders will use the AED equipment to address cardiac arrest incidents.
West Kentucky Regional Riverport Authority will use a $54,000 grant to obtain a feasibility study to analyze the viability of a riverport for the promotion of businesses within a distressed region. The study will ultimately recruit new river industries to locate near the port or within the service area, obtain foreign investment from new international partners in the region, and support local businesses by investing a cost-efficient method of shipping goods nationally and internationally. The project service area is focusing on four counties: Ballard, Carlisle, Fulton and Hickman.
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.
SUPPORT NEEDED – US 51 Bridge Replacement Project
The purpose of the US 51 Bridge Project is to improve cross river mobility between Wickliffe, Kentucky and Cairo, Illinois, by addressing the safety and reliability issues caused by the narrow lane widths, lack of shoulders and tight curve of the existing bridge and its approaches.
The US 51 Bridge is the longest bridge in the commonwealth of Kentucky, and is the westernmost crossing of the Ohio River. The existing bridge deck is 22.5 ft wide with narrow 10 ft lanes and 1.25 ft shoulders and does not accommodate pedestrians.
The 2013 planning study also noted inadequate vehicle headlight sight distance and a tight horizontal curve on the Kentucky approach which does not meet national or state design standards. Between October 2008 and September 2012, there were 18 vehicle crashes on the bridge between the 20- mph curve in Kentucky and the US 60/US 51 intersection in Illinois. Of these crashes, there were no fatalities and one injury collision. The crashes were largely concentrated at either end of the bridge. The primary crash types
were sideswipes and single-vehicle collisions.
The bridge was designed before much was known about earthquake engineering. However, the New Madrid fault line underlies this geographic area. Applying current seismic design criteria, preliminary estimates indicate that severe damage or
collapse is probable in the event of a major earthquake
Currently, the bridge does not allow oversize or overweight permit loads.
For more information on the project, visit https://us51bridge.com
The low cost of living and high quality of life afforded in this centrally-located region of the United States is second to none. Western Kentucky is rich in heritage, creativity and diversity. From performing arts and Civil War battle sites to a haven for outdoor enthusiasts of all types, Ballard County, Kentucky offers something for everyone. Make Ballard County, Kentucky your new home or come visit our community.
Frequently Asked Questions
Looking for a great place to live, work, play and shop? Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions that we hear from visitors to our community.
How do residents describe Ballard County, KY?
When surveyed, some of the most common words used to describe our county include: friendly, peaceful, scenic, safe and home. We encourage you to come visit us and see why we love our community.
What can we do when we visit Ballard County, KY?
Why should we locate our business in Ballard County, KY?
Where do I sign up for water service?
Residents who are located in the city limits may contact their local City Halls. Wickliffe (270-335-3552), Barlow (270-334-3500), LaCenter (270-665-5162) and Kevil (270-462-3104)
How do I contact the gas company?
New Commonwealth Gas (270-335-3116)
Who do I call about my court date?
Ballard County Circuit Clerk (270-335-5123)
Where do I report a pothole or road issues?
Ballard County Road Department, (270-334-3938) or the Road Supervisor, Tod Vance (270-748-2458).