Fiscal Court to apply for $1M grant to help Oasis housing transition

November 19, 2021 | 12:11 am

Updated November 18, 2021 | 11:04 pm

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Daviess County Fiscal Court will apply for specific pandemic relief funding from the state that would go toward Oasis Women’s Shelter and help fund new projects for them, including acquiring a new property.

Joanna Shake, Executive Director at Green River Area District Development, said the grant Fiscal Court is applying for totals $1 million.

The upcoming Oasis project has a total price tag of $1.4 million. Should they receive the grant, Oasis will pay the difference in the cost of their project.

“Since the project funds are being sought through housing and urban development administration, the Uniform Relocation Act (URA) does apply to this project. So should there be anyone relocated as a result of this project, we will implement the proper URA protocols,” Shake said.

Andrea Robinson, Executive Director of Oasis, said the project will allow the organization to provide non-congregate shelter. Since they are congregate housing, many of the women housed in the program are living in one area; this will allow for an expansion.

“Our participants, residents in our program will be able to be in their own individual units, which will not only prevent the spread of COVID-19 but it will also help provide them individualized space and decrease the risk of further trauma,” Robinson said.

Robinson said they have to be out of their current location by next September and they would need to be prepared to move in the spring.

As Fiscal Court transitioned into the regular meeting agenda, they approved the proposal unanimously.

In other business, Judge-Executive Al Mattingly talked about the $50,000 donation to the Through Sleet’s Eyes Festival that they announced Wednesday evening. Mattingly clarified that the $50,000 did not go toward the portrait, but instead toward the events and festivities that will be held in the time leading up to the festival.

County Commissioners also approved an agreement with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet regarding the Lyddane Bridge Road South Drainage Replacement. There was also a change order for the Daviess County Vet Clinic project to help the employee parking.

The Court awarded the Kirtley Annex Office Renovation $13,943 provided by the Lanham Brothers for the renovation.

Wade Jenkins was appointed to the Paradise Regional Industrial Park Board. Dakoma Carbon was hired as a Solid Waste Laborer — a new position added to the new budget. Aaron Wilson and Lisa Castlen were appointed to the OASIS Board.

November 19, 2021 | 12:11 am

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