Due to the flooding in Riney-B Park and in downtown Nicholasville last spring, the Jessamine County Fiscal Court and city of Nicholasville are eligible to apply for a HUD 2010 Disaster Recovery Program grant. The $300,000 grants are eligible to communities that need assistance recovering from last spring’s flooding. The city and county plan to apply for a joint $600,000 grant to build a storm-water control dam within Riney-B Park. This project will mitigate future flooding downtown and in residential areas downstream of the park.
There were 83 counties in Kentucky that were affected by the severe storms and flooding last spring that qualify for federal assistance. Eligible applicants must also meet one of the three HUD CDBG national objectives by eliminating blight or slum, meeting an urgent need, or assisting low- to moderate-income residents. In the coming weeks, city and county representatives will be randomly surveying residents throughout the county and in the cities of Nicholasville and Wilmore. The survey will determine if the city and county meet the low- to moderate-income national objective.
More than 400 Jessamine County families will be surveyed throughout the three-week period of July 11-29. City and county employees will visit the homes of those who are randomly selected after work and on Saturdays.
Residents are strongly encouraged to participate in this survey because it is important for the community. The survey results will determine whether or not the city and county can participate in the $600,000 Riney-B Park dam application and possibly even in future CDBG applications.