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Agencies await stimulus decisions

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By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE - The state of Kentucky is supposed to get millions of dollars from the federal stimulus program.

Bullitt County officials are expecting some of that money to filter down to the local level.

But while Metro Louisville officials seem to have a pretty good idea what might be coming its way, Bullitt County officials have heard nothing from Frankfort.

Keith Davis, superintendent for the Bullitt County Public School System, sent in a list with $31 million worth of projects.

The largest were funds for the new Brooks Elementary and the new elementary in Mount Washington.

The district would also use the money for things such as renovations and upgrades to the energy efficiency measures.

Publicized amounts of nearly $4 million had been rumored for Bullitt County schools but that’s news to Davis.

“We’re waiting to hear,” said Davis. “Anything we get will help our district.”

Besides construction projects, Davis is looking for funds to assist with things going on in the classroom.

Bullitt County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts said a packet with around $49 million in projects was sent to the governor’s office.

As of last Monday, she had heard nothing.

Hearing other areas talk about their share of the funding, Roberts said phone calls have been made but no one has given her any answers.

“We’re still looking for some answers,” said Roberts.

She said all the projects submitted are worthy of funding, although she knew the county would not receive enough stimulus funds to do them all.

State Sen. Gary Tapp said that he didn’t know where the funds would go.

He felt the legislature would have some control over the road project funds. However, nothing was definite.