LOUISA, KY — Today, February 14, 2020 Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear visited Lawrence County KY.
Beshear presented Lawrence Co. Judge Phillip Carter with a check in the amount of $50,000. for a Lawrence County Recreational Trails and Program Grant.
Judge Carter started out by welcoming Gov. Beshear and his staff. He recognized and thanked all veterans, elected officials, Dr. Robbie Fletcher, Lawrence County JROTC Team, The Army Corp.of Engineers, Fivco Kelly Ward and his staff, Greg Kiser of Three Rivers Hospital, Chuck Sexton & staff and many others for their hard work and dedication to our community.
Governor Beshear thanked Dennis King the Commissioner of local Government, his Senior Advisor Rocky Adkins and State Rep. Kathy Hinkle, Senator Phillip Wheeler and others.
The Governor stated that he is excited to submit a budget that for the first time in 14 years, there will be no new additional cuts. He stated we will be moving forward instead of backwards for Kentucky. “Our budget is an ‘Education First Budget’,” he said, which starts with supporting our teachers and giving them a raise. It will give 40.00 extra for every student in school.”
Governor Beshear will focus on better wages and more jobs for Eastern Kentucky, better Healthcare and to ensure every child in Kentucky has healthcare ( $200 million in the budget), better Education, also a brand new school bus for each district, and fixing Retirement Pensions.
He also said that all Coal Severance monies(18 million) will be coming back to the coal producing counties for the first time.
Senior Advisor Rocky Adkins thanked everyone as well. He said he was proud to be an Eastern Kentuckian and will work diligently along with Governor Beshear. “Healthcare is an important issue for me, as a 25 year cancer survivor and I will do all I can to ensure everyone has the proper Healthcare,” Adkins said. “We will be working together to try to rebuild the economy, and to bring hope and support for the Eastern Kentucky communities!”
$50,000 for new playground, splash park
But the big announcement for this day was $50,000 for a new ADA playground for Lawrence County Park.
Currently, there are no ADA accessible playgrounds in Lawrence County or the surrounding areas. To remedy this problem, Gov. Beshear announced a $50,000 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant to Lawrence County Fiscal Court to add an accessible playground and splash park in Lawrence County Park.
“The splash pad and new playground equipment will be a great asset not only to our park but also to the entire community,” said Judge Executive Phillip Carter. “The playground equipment will be handicap accessible including a swing made for wheelchair accessibility. We feel that every child including those with physical handicaps deserve to have a place where they can enjoy outdoor activities.”
“This splash park and playground will be a great asset to our community and a wonderful place for families looking for a warm-weather activity,” said Rep. Kathy Hinkle of Louisa. “I want to thank Gov. Beshear and our fiscal court for working together to make this possible, and I look forward to the day when all of this is built and ready for use.”
“This is great news for Lawrence County,” said Sen. Phillip Wheeler of Pikeville. “This project will have a noticeable impact on the lives of children in our community and I look forward to its completion.”