State grant provides for courthouse improvements

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LaRue receives one of 19 grants

By Ron Benningfield

LaRue County has been awarded one of 19 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants to make improvements to the county courthouse.

The state grant of $68,000 is part of $1,172,265 earmarked for energy advancements in each community. Improvements include retrofitting light fixtures to decrease energy costs, installing programmable thermostats to better regulate temperature and energy use, replacing doors and windows to enhance insulation and purchasing bins for recycled materials.

Bob Sims, director of community and economic development, said the grant will replace all courthouse windows, renovate the front doors, replace the back doors and install a push-button handicapped entry.

“We’re just waiting to get the contract in the mail,” he said. 

LaRue County Judge/Executive Tommy Turner said the window upgrade and weatherization will save the county thousands of dollars annually.

First passed by Congress in 2007, the EECBG program was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 with funds coming from the U.S. Department of Energy through the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence and administered by DLG.