ADF funds available for local groups

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By Dave Taylor

Applications for Area Development Funds are available to be picked up at the Carroll County Judge-Executive’s office. All local governments and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for the funds.

The applications are to be filled out and returned by 4 p.m. on Monday, July 27, 2009, according to Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson. “They have the rest of this month and most of July to get them back in,” he said.

“We have used ADFs for a picnic shelter at the county park in the past, and we were able to purchase a tractor and mower for the park” another time, Tomlinson told the magistrates. The amount ADF money received for the shelter project was $7,380 in 2005/06, while $8,385 was awarded the county in 2004/05 toward the tractor and mower, he said. Other ADF funds have been applied toward purchase of a weather warning system. Area fire departments have also applied for funds in the past.

The amount available to Carroll County this year is $7,590, according to Tomlinson. Projects submitted for consideration must be at least $2,500, he said.

The Area Development Fund is a state-funded program that provides financial support for capital projects, according to the Kentucky Department for Local Government. Activities that can be funded with ADF dollars include: construction, reconstruction, renovation, and maintenance of buildings and other improvements to real estate; acquisition of real property; major equipment purchases; industrial site development; installation of water, gas, sewer, and electrical lines to public facilities and industrial sites; solid waste management or disposal systems needed to comply with law, and architectural, engineering and legal fees in connection with such projects; and eligible project costs incurred within the previous five years may be retroactively funded.

ADFs for this area are distributed through the Northern Kentucky Area Development District, which includes Carroll, Boone, Kenton, Campbell, Gallatin, Owen, Grant and Pendleton counties.

“We, the county government, take the applications and rank them and then submit them to the Northern Kentucky Area Development District for consideration,” Tomlinson said.