The Kentucky River Foothills Development Council received good news when it was announced an additional $568,834 was allocated to the agency through a Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) to support economic recovery in the region.
These funds were passed as a part of the national CARES Act in late March to those impacted by COVID-19, a release states.
"CSBG funding is designed to give Community Action Agencies like Kentucky River Foothills the ability to provide a wide range of support in the areas of employment, education, transportation, food security, housing and more. Kentucky River Foothills tailor’s its specific programs to meet the local needs of the communities they serve," the release reads.
Brian Mullins, executive director, said the grant funding is imperative for the agency.
“The flexibility and diversity it offers is critical to meeting the individual needs of the communities we serve," he said. "This additional funding will further expand on our ability to accelerate our region’s economic recovery through the most impactful areas.”
One such service is its public transportation routes provided to those in Madison and surrounding counties. Transportation will resume on Monday after it was forced to stop temporarily because of coronavirus.
According to a separate release, the public deviated-fixed transportation routes will begin after the holiday weekend, including the Madison County Connector Route.
The public routes include the Berea Bus Service, Richmond Transit Service (Bus A/B) and the Winchester-Clark County Transit Service. These services will resume with precautions to ensure the safety of employees and passengers.
New guidelines will also be implemented to ensure the safety of those who utilize the service, which will be free the entirety of July.
Officials said seating will be limited to adhere to 3 feet social distancing, which is the industry-wide standard, the release states. Seats will be labeled with tape to designate social distancing. All passengers will be asked to comply with the new guidelines.
Passengers will not exchange money with the driver; passengers must maintain a minimum of 3 feet social distance; passengers must comply with staggered seating arrangements identified by taped areas on the bus; and passengers must wear a face covering.
Drivers will also be cleaning and disinfecting vehicles throughout the day and will be required to wear face masks as well.
For more information on Kentucky River Foothills, visit foothillscap.org.
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