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ARC approves $300,000 grant for Clay City water tank, $250,000 for hospital equipment in Irvine

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) approved a grant for $300,000 to Clay City, KY to replace a 50,000-gallon water storage tank with a new 150,000-gallon water tank.

“I am pleased the ARC approved funding for this new capacity water tank for the residents of Powell County,” said Commissioner Sandra Dunahoo at the Department for Local Government. “The new tank and upgraded pump station will deliver clean and reliable water along with numerous benefits for years to come.”

The original tank installed over 40 years ago carries numerous maintenance costs and necessary repairs due to deterioration. In the past year, Clay City issued nine separate boil advisories as a result of tank failure. The new project consists of decommissioning, removal, and replacement of the original tank, while simultaneously upgrading energy efficient pumps and installing new telemetry systems for monitoring and maintenance.

“This much needed ARC grant ensures that safe, reliable drinking water is delivered to families in Powell County,” said state Sen. Albert Robinson. “This is critical to Clay City’s ongoing infrastructure needs and development.”

“I’m thankful that the ARC has approved funding to replace the antiquated water tank in Clay City,” said state Rep. David Hale. “This will help to alleviate some of the ongoing logistical concerns by providing a much more consistent and reliable water source.”

Marcum and Wallace Memorial Hospital Receives $250,902 in ARC Grant Funding to Purchase 3D Mammography Equipment

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) approved a grant for $250,902 to Marcum and Wallace Memorial Hospital in Irvine, KY for the purchase of a digital breast tomosynthesis (3D mammography) imaging system.

The upgraded screening mammography equipment will improve critical patient care for early diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.

“This much needed equipment will serve to improve the early detection of breast cancer which is critical to treatment and prevention,” said Dunahoo at the Department for Local Government (DLG). “I am pleased that the ARC approved funding to Marcum and Wallace Memorial Hospital for this upgrade as it continues to provide critical medical care for the Eastern Kentucky Coalfield region.”

“This grant will allow Marcum & Wallace Memorial Hospital to purchase new technology that will measurably improve breast cancer detection for women in Estill, Powell, Lee, and Owsley counties,” said Congressman Andy Barr. “I am proud that my office was able to work with Marcum and Wallace Memorial Hospital and DLG to make this technology available through the awarding of this competitive grant.”

The Marcum and Wallace Memorial Hospital currently uses conventional two-view digital mammography that results in images that obscure cancers or generates false-positive readings. The 3D imaging system can increase cancer detection by 27 percent and increase invasive cancer detection by 40 percent, while reducing callbacks for re-screening by 20-40 percent.

The hospital currently serves 1,500 patients in Estill, Powell, Lee and Owsley counties.

The ARC program and policy is to provide assistance for residential infrastructure project, water supply and wastewater treatment projects to assist in alleviating environmental public health concerns and ensure the acceptable quality of life for local residents.

From Dept. For Local Government Communications

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