Aug, 01|| No Comments |
It’s August, it’s hot, and it’s time for the 11th annual High Bridge Homecoming Festival at the High Bridge Park, about 5 miles outside Wilmore! Festival opens on Saturday morning and runs to Sunday evening.
Many of the familiar and favorite activities will be back: Art in the Park for Children and free pony rides, free watermelon slices from IGA, many arts & crafts vendors, direct sales vendors, model train exhibit, and festival food vendors.
Plenty of exhibits such as antique tractors, fire engines, and a police car, artists set up and painting on site. How would you like to climb one of the huge trees in the park? Well there will be a professional tree climber there to help you with the rigging and send you one! Be sure to visit an authentic camp site occupied by “Daniel & Rebecca Boone.”
Corn hole boards will be out for a friendly game or two. And of course, lots of free music on both days! New this year will be a “Rising Young Stars” event on Saturday evening featuring three local youths who are making a name for themselves in the music industry.
Fund raising activities for the sponsoring High Bridge Community Association include a dessert auction, three silent auctions and two raffles: a 47” LE Smart TV and a one-of-a-kind UK Championship queen size quilt designed and crafted by the High Bridge mother-daughter team of Flo Walker & Mildred Smith – exceptional! Visit the sales tent and check out the new souvenirs for adults and children. Click here for the FULL SCHEDULE.
Jul, 06|| No Comments |
The City of Wilmore is in the process of applying for grants and loans to construct $3.7 million dollars worth of improvements at the city’s wastewater treatment plant. Aging tanks and infrastructure, as well as ever stricter federal regulations related to contaminant removal from the wastewater, demand that the city make plans to replace old tanks and add new structures and treatment processes at the plant.
The city is aggressively pursuing a $1,000,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to be applied to our $3,700,000 project. In addition, the city will apply for another $750,000 grant through Rural Development.
If the city is successful in procuring these two grants, 47% of this critical and necessary project could be paid for with state and federal funds. That is $1,750,000 that the city will not have to borrow. The net effect is that Wilmore’s sewer customers’ rates will be raised only 25-30% and not 40-45% when the project is completed.
There are $6.7 million dollars that have been apportioned to the CDBG program for Public Facilities in Kentucky this year, and 12-15 cities will submit applications for that money. It is a very competitive process. And Wilmore aims to compete!
A huge part of this process to maximize our chance of “winning” these funds is to show tremendous public support for the project. We are actively asking our citizens to augment our CDBG application by writing letters of support and making financial contributions to the project. We have been told that monetary commitments show beyond any doubt that our community has “skin in the game”. And all of Wilmore benefits if we secure this $1,000,000 grant!
If this is an effort you want to support, then please click here for pledge documents. For additional information, please contact Wilmore City Hall at 858-4411.
And on behalf of the entire leadership of the City of Wilmore…THANK YOU!!!