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By AMANDA HENSLEY
The City of Carrollton received the 2008 Spirit of Kentucky award, Tuesday, Aug. 5, at the 33rd annual Governor’s Local Issues Conference in Louisville for its role in the development of the Gallatin, Carroll, Henry and Owen County Regional Wastewater System.
Mayor Dwight Louden, Judge Executive Harold “Shorty” Thomlinson, Fiscal Court and numerous others were there to accept the award from Gov. Steve Beshear and the Department for Local Government Commissioner Tony Wilder.
The annual award is presented to the sponsors of a public project that demonstrates cost effective coordination of government resources among multiple government entities.
The Regional Waste-water System developed out of a need to eliminate several small treatment plants in the area and hinder the costs of operating and maintaining them.
In 1998, the current Carrollton water plant began to reach capacity, while at the same time, several other surrounding areas needed to develop or expand their waste water system as well.
The Division of Water suggested that the municipalities work together to take advantage of the perfect opportunity to build a regional system, said Bill Osborne, general manager at Carrollton Utilities.
Louden said he was excited to be at the conference and proud to accept the “rather prestigious award,” for their “perfect example of cooperation.”
“It’s not easy to get magistrates in other communities and everyone to cooperate on a project,” Louden said. But their efforts were successful; the City of Carrollton is the first award recipient for the Northern Kentucky Area Development District.
“We had many valuable, resourceful projects from across the state nominated for the award this year but we felt that the City of Carrolton’s Regional Wastewater System was the best example of a collaborative public service effort,” Commissioner Wilder noted in a press release from the Governor’s Office for Local Development. “Through the cooperation of seven municipalities in four counties, a more efficient way to treat wastewater while reducing costs and benefiting the environment was achieved. We are pleased to recognize their innovation and teamwork.”
Since the completion of extensions to Prestonville, Worthville, Sanders, Sparta, Glencoe and Campbellsburg, wastewater from those areas is collected and transported to the City of Carrollton’s 3.4 million gallon a day plant located on Greens Bottom Road.
“We’re happy and very proud,” Osborne said.
The system in a continuous project; two new extensions, Ghent and Eagle Creek, will be ready for bid later this year.
Nominations were submitted online to DLG for consideration. Projects eligible for nomination include those of government, public service, private, non-profit or quasi governmental groups or agencies that exhibited multiple community entities working together to address a local need, problem or opportunity where the end result efficiently uses public assets and resourceful funding.