PADD board approves $13.2M budget for 2019-20 fiscal year

Tonya S. Grace/Kentucky New Era

Todd County Judge-Executive Todd Mansfield (foreground) and Elkton Mayor Arthur Green listen as Jill Collins, executive director of the Pennyrile Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living, talks about her agency's services Monday at a Pennyrile Area Development District meeting. PADD Executive Director Jason Vincent is also pictured in the background.

The Pennyrile Area Development District's board of directors approved a $13.2 million operating budget for its new 2019-20 fiscal year during its meeting Monday at the district offices in Hopkinsville.

That total included $6.4 million devoted to the district's Pennyrile Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living, $4.9 million for training and workforce development and $1.4 million for community and economic development such as housing, grants, infrastructure and transportation.

The meeting also included an overview of the work plans in the next fiscal year for those departments, with Amy Frogue, associate director of community and economic development, noting that her agency will be able to loan up to $250,000 for job retention and development through the PADD Loan Fund.

Additionally, she said the U.S. Economic Development Administration is assisting with three projects in the area right now, while the Delta Regional Authority has five projects open. The new Campbell Strong initiative is receiving support through the U.S. Department of Defense's Office of Economic Adjustment.

Frogue said the development district will begin this year to update its Hazard Mitigation Plan, i.e., its process addressing the impact of disasters in the region, and will continue those efforts through 2021.

Among other things, that plan will address natural disasters like flooding, she said.

Frogue noted that community and economic development also manages infrastructure planning and development, assists with housing applications for scattered site rehabilitation projects and manages the Between the Rivers apartment complex in Grand Rivers, although that facility is up for sale.

"Overall, the vision of our department is to help you with projects that make our communities a better place to live and work," said Frogue, noting that her agency is working on $59 million worth of projects in surrounding communities right now while promoting economic growth in those communities.

Jill Collins, the district's aging director, described her agency's work as addressing the needs of older residents across the Pennyrile region and in the region's local communities. Among its services, the agency assists veterans, provides meals to seniors in their homes and congregate settings, offers homecare services to seniors in their homes and focuses on health promotion and preventing disease.

The Pennyrile Area Agency on Aging expects to provide 23,000 units of transportation in the next year and serve 58,000 congregate meals and 43,000 home-delivered meals through its Title I services.

Its homecare services are expected to include 12,000 units of homemaker services, 1,500 units of personal care, 45,000 home-delivered meals and 1,700 units of assessment in fiscal year 2020.

Collins noted that her staff of one part-time and 11 full-time employees provides home- and community-based services to 11,000 elderly and disabled individuals in the Pennyrile region.

Her agency also operates with the support of five personal service contracts, two interns and one AmeriCorps volunteer, according to Collins. Waiting list for services currently includes 406 people.

Sheila Clark, executive director of the West Kentucky Workforce Board, told board members that her agency is one of 10 workforce boards across the state and serves 17 western Kentucky counties.

The board assists adults and dislocated workers and offers on-the-job training services, and it also has four contracted out-of-school youth programs and one in-school program in Christian County, Clark said.

She added that her agency has a partnership with Campbell Strong to help soldiers transitioning from the military find jobs following their military service; that effort also assists soldiers' spouses.

It was funded through a $7.76 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor and is a joint effort in partnership with the Northern Middle Tennessee Local Workforce Development Board.

The West Kentucky Workforce Board has four locations in Hopkinsville and elsewhere, and Clark noted that the board conducts a lot of career fairs at those four locations and off-site as well.

Following presentations from the three departments, PADD Executive Director Jason Vincent introduced Dan Wood, a magistrate with Crittenden County, and Mayor Jimmy Campbell of Kuttawa.

Both men will be active with the development district going forward.

Vincent also encouraged citizen members as well as officials from the PADD board to take part in the 44th Annual Governor's Local Issues Conference slated for Aug. 28-30 at the Galt House in Louisville.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or tgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

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