We have a plan in place with the engineering completed for a sewer line to feed Halls Gap, Maywood and Neal's Creek area and Baughman Heights. Presently we have entered into an agreement with Western Rockcastle Water for Saylor Road just east of Crab Orchard for water. The sewage to the industrial park is completed thus allowing 45 houses is Rowland to access city sewage.
We presently have infrastructure money to extend waterlines through Bitter Creek to South Fishing Creek and several needed extensions in McKinney. We have recently completed an ARC (Appalachian Regional Commision) grant to run water south of Hustonville on U.S. 127. We have Kentucky Infrastructure Authority monies to extend water lines in Lincoln County with Eubank Water, McKinney Water, Hustonville Water, Crab Orchard Water, Stanford Water and not only for water, but for sewer lines.
2. How do you plan to increase collaborative efforts between county and all of Lincoln County's city governments, and what do you feel is the importance of this effort, if any?
Godbey: In every leadership opportunity I have experienced, success came through collaboration. Together we are stronger, smarter and more likely to get the job done right the first time. As judge-executive I will invite our mayors and council members to join other community leaders as we identify common goals and develop strategies to reach them. I believe when people join together for the benefit of the community without regard for self, the effort will be blessed with lasting results. The formation of community coalitions in Crab Orchard, Waynesburg and Moreland to fight illegal drug sales are perfect examples. The judge-executive should be involved.
Gilbert: Plans are already in place with the mayors and Fiscal Court for a countywide wastewater treatment committee for the Lincoln Sanitation District. Hopefully we will enter into an agreement with the City of Crab Orchard to run sewage for Cedar Creek Lake beach and marina.
Our industrial board chairman is presently working with groups around the county to form citizen and neighborhood watch committees to better protect our citizens. ... The industrial park ... is the result of an agreement between the city of Stanford and ... Fiscal Court.
We have inter-local agreements with ... Crab Orchard and Stanford for dog warden services, (and) ... Crab Orchard for snow removal. We have taken the burden off ... Crab Orchard with countywide planning and zoning. Our county fire departments have inter-local agreements with each city, (and) ... Emergency Mutual Aid agreements.
The city governments are as much a part of Lincoln County as the Fiscal Court. The more you work together the more you improve quality of life for everyone.
3. What's your plan to fill the new industrial park on U.S. 150, and your plan to attract more businesses in general to Lincoln County?
Godbey: Our national economy is booming, investment dollars are coming to Kentucky, our school system is preparing an eager and able workforce. We cannot afford to miss this window of opportunity. As judge-executive I will be an enthusiastic contributing partner in the process of creating an attractive business climate, understanding that is done by helping our existing businesses grow. Our entrepreneurial spirit is strong and technology can bring world markets to our door. Change creates a wealth of opportunities for those with the vision to see it and the wisdom not to abandon their values in the process.