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$750,000 presented to Bath County to expand ambulance services

OWINGSVILLE, Ky. — A $750,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)was presented to Bath County to improve emergency services and a $72,991 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant to the City of Salt Lick to add sidewalks along a section of U.S. Highway 60.

Bath County Ambulance District ProjectBath County, in partnership with the Bath County Ambulance District, will construct a new ambulance services building, at 78 Rowland Avenue in Owingsville. The facility will replace the current ambulance services building, which is in a congested location and is too small to house the vehicles and equipment used by the Ambulance District.

The new building will have four large bays to accommodate eight vehicles for parking, and a laundry and equipment storage/washroom, allowing for all vehicles and equipment owned by the Ambulance District to be safely stored.

The facility also will include accessible restrooms, shower and decontamination stations, an employee lounge, and office space. A new generator will be permanently affixed to the building, allowing it to serve as an emergency operations center if needed. The facility will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards.

Ambulance services are especially important in Bath County, as patients spend more than average time in transport due to there being no hospital facilities in the county. This project will improve the Ambulance District’s vehicle and equipment storage capabilities while bettering response times and efficiency when responding to emergency calls. The Ambulance District will own, maintain and insure the new ambulance services building.

The CDBG funds, administered through the Department for Local Government, will be used exclusively to construct the new ambulance services building and for CDBG administrative fees.

U.S. Highway 60 Sidewalk Project in Salt LickGov. Beshear presented $72,991 to the City of Salt Lick from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s TAP to add sidewalks along a section of U.S. Highway 60 near the city’s Valero station.

The Valero station and the general store located there are Salt Lick’s most used resources. The sidewalk will make it easier for citizens to walk to and from the station. This project also will encourage healthier and more active lifestyles by providing another safe walking route. The new sidewalk will be at least five feet in width to accommodate wheelchair traffic and will include all necessary pedestrian signage, crosswalks, and striping.

This is Salt Lick’s first TAP project, and officials have two more projects planned in their efforts to grow their community and provide increased opportunities for safe travel without the use of a vehicle. Planning ahead to fulfill needs, preparing for future growth, and budgeting are encouraged by the TAP program.

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