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County's stimulus wish list $49M

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Agencies work to set out projects

By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE - If President Obama gets his economic stimulus package through Congress, Bullitt County officials want to make sure they have projects in line for funding.

Bullitt County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts, along with members of Bullitt Fiscal Court and the eight mayors, has sent a wish list of projects both for road repairs, as well as water and sewer projects.

If the state received enough funds to meet all the county’s wishes, there would over $49 million in projects, which would generate 1,249 jobs.

Two meetings were held as part of the Mainstreet Economic Recovery Plan.

The road projects listed in the plan included:

*Extend Highway 1526 to Highway 61 and to improve Highway 61. The project cost would be $6.9 million.

*Widening Highway 245 to four lanes at Interstate 65. The project cost would be $5 million.

*Provide beautification projects at Exits 121, 117, 116 and 105 on Interstate 65. The cost would be $2.1 million.

*Bypass for Beech Grove Road. The project would cost $1.6 million.

*Widen Cedar Grove Road past the industrial park. The cost would be $3 million.

*Street resurfacing for five miles on East Blue Lick Road in Hillview. The cost would be $222,000.

Replace failed culvert under Valley Road at a cost of $37,500.

*Repllace failed retaining wall along Allison Court at a cost of $40,000.

*Replace failed culvert under Summit Drive at a cost of $42,000.

The road repairs would amount to $19 million of the total request.

The major part of the economic stimulus plan dealt with costly water and sewer projects.

*Mount Washington sewer plant expansion to deal with the existing state environmental sanctions. The cost would be $15 million.

*Shepherdsville would like funding for the extension of sewer lines to southern areas, including Jim Beam Distillery, and to expand its existing treatment plant. The funds requested would be $10 million.

*Shepherdsville would like funding to complete its Salt River interceptor line, which would take off a number of existing pump stations. The request is for $2.5 million.

*Expansion of sewers into the third phase of the Cedar Grove Business Park. The cost would be $230,000.

*Extension of water service east of Lebanon Junction along Highway 61. The cost would be $950,000.

*Extension of water service to next phase of Cedar Grove Business Park at a cost of $375,000.

*Replace aeration system on Hillview sewer plant at a cost of $58,000.

*Convert existing anaerobic digestor to aerobic to improve capacity at the Bullitt Hills sewer treatment plant at a cost of $55,000.

*Add additional clarifier to increase capacity at Bullitt Hills plant at a cost of $100,000.

*Replace pumps and control panel at Tanyard Springs pump station at cost of $130,000.

*Replace manholes in Bullitt Sanitation District to control infiltration at a cost of $125,000.

*Rehabilitate and repair sewer lines in Bullitt Sanitation District at a cost of $300,000.

*Replace main feeder water line in Lebanon Junction at a cost of $500,000.

*Upgrade to a 12-inch water main to provide for Jewish Hospital expansion at a cost of $275,000.

The water and sewer projects will seek over $30.5 million in stimulus funding.

During a recent meeting hosted by state Rep. Linda Belcher, Roberts said the plan would be sent to Frankfort and she hoped the county would receive some funding if the package is approved by Congress.