Lincoln County's original $65,000 per year for 20 years from the KDLA was cut to $30,000. The money presented Saturday will bring the library back to its original total of $800,000.
"He hadn't told anybody until they were on the podium," Martin said of the surprise library funds. "It's wonderful for us. We're very appreciative of that."
Also what was appreciated was money that will go to repair bridges, resurface roads and add guardrails throughout the county.
"As we improve our highway network we are improving the quality of life for local residents and building stronger communities across the state," Fletcher said.
Several roads will be resurfaced
More than $964,000 will go toward the resurfacing of several state roads including Fall Lick Road, Ky. 3246; Ottenheim Road, Ky. 643; Geneva Road, Ky. 698; and Sugar Grove Road, Ky. 1770. Another surprise presented to the county was yet another check for $100,000 to resurface county roads.
More than $150,000 will go to bridge repairs. Gilbert's Creek Bridge was awarded $60,000 for replacement, as well as Fairgrounds Road bridge with $48,000 and $45,000 for the replacement of Tom Crawford Road bridge.
More than $20,000 was presented for guardrail installations and upgrades on U.S. 150 at the intersection of Ky. 1369. Approximately 250 feet of guardrail will be installed on the north side of U.S. 150 across from Ky. 1369.
Crews also will install 200 feet of guardrail just north of Maywood Road. Fishing Creek Road, a county road off of Ky. 501 in Kings Mountain, will receive about 230 feet of guardrail.
"Today's news is an example of the progress that can be made when folks work together to accomplish common goals," said Sen. Ed Worley, D-Richmond.
Gilbert said he's "just glad that (Fletcher) remembers us. He don't mind reaching across party lines."
Gilbert said dates to begin work have not been determined yet.