Martin, Kentucky Redevelopment Plan
What can local citizens do to advance the Town of Martin Project?

Local citizens of Martin can become involved in advancing the Town of Martin project by exercising their rights as citizens and making their concerns for the project's completion known to local, state and national representatives through letters, phone calls and electronic media (email system). Attendance at important local and state meetings regarding the project would also show local concerns for the project's future and support for completion of the project.

What is the status of the Town of Martin Project?

Since its inception in March 2000 The Town of Martin Redevelopment Project has been funded through a partnership between the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Floyd County Fiscal Court with non-Federal financial assistance from the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The Corps of Engineers' Federal share of the project funds is provided through Congressional "Adds" to the annual Federal budget. Given all of the competing national needs and the finite amount of available Federal funds, securing adequate funds for the project has been a difficult task for those Congressional Interests that support the Martin project. What funds that have been provided recently have been used to move forward the design of project components that could be constructed when sufficient Federal funds are made available.

The designs for the replacement Fire Station, the replacement Martin Alternative Learning School and the replacement City Hall/Police Station are being developed by the Corps of Engineers and its consultants. Other design work for relocation of the main sewer line around the downtown area (the "Sanitary Bypass" necessitated by the anticipated filling of the downtown in Phase II) and the bypass potable water line are ongoing. When sufficient funds are made available for construction of these project components, they will be constructed at their planned locations within the project area.

Project Partners

City of Martin

City of Martin

Although not specifically identified as the non-Federal sponsor for the project, the City of Martin is the primary beneficiary of the project and is the prime stakeholder with regard to the long term quality, durability, reliability and sustainability of the project. The Mayor and City Council of Martin are the prime coordinators with the Corps of Engineers regarding decisions made during the planning, engineering, design and construction of the project. This responsibility has been informally transferred to the City of Martin by the Floyd County Fiscal Court. As a municipal government in Kentucky, the City of Martin is responsible for the care, protection and welfare of the citizens within its incorporated community and assurance that the fiscal capability of the community is sustained into the future.

Floyd County

Floyd County

The Floyd County Fiscal Court is the official non-Federal Sponsor for the City of Martin Redevelopment Project and executed the Project Cooperation Agreement for the project. In this capacity, the Floyd County Fiscal Court has taken the responsibility for securing the Lands, Easements, Right-of-ways, Relocations and Disposal areas (LERRD) for the project as well as assuming the financial support of the capital construction cost of the project and has accepted the long-term operation and maintenance responsibility for the project. The day-to-day operation and maintenance of the project features being constructed in the City of Martin will eventually be transferred by a sub-agreement to the municipal government of Martin. The Floyd County Fiscal Court is working closely with the Corps of Engineers and the City of Martin in the implementation of the project.

Commonwealth of Kentucky

Commonwealth of Kentucky

The Commonwealth of Kentucky has assumed the role of a financial sponsor/contributor for the Town of Martin project. Given the legal requirement for non-Federal cost sharing in flood protection projects, the Commonwealth's General Assembly, knowing the limited financial capability of the counties and municipalities in Kentucky, determined that the state government itself must be a partner in the development of projects which protect the citizens of Kentucky. In the Town of Martin project, the Commonwealth of Kentucky working through its Department of Local Governments is providing 95 percent of the non-Federal share (5 percent) of the project. In addition to the role of financial contributor, the Commonwealth of Kentucky through its water resources protection agencies is responsible for evaluating Corps permit applications for project construction at Martin and issuing said permits to further the Corps' construction activities.

Big Sandy Area Development District

Big Sandy Area Development District

The Big Sandy Area Development District (BSADD) is a regional development organization that provides technical planning assistance to five counties in Kentucky (Pike, Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin and Martin). Officially designated in 1968 by the Appalachian Regional Commission, the BSADD is a multi-discipline, professional organization that assists in the formulation and implementation of human resource and infrastructure related plans. The BSADD has been a coordinating regional partner with the Corps of Engineers during the development of plans for flood protection and redevelopment within the Levisa Fork Valley under the Section 202 program. BSADD has executed an agreement with the Floyd County Judge Executive's office and the City of Martin, Kentucky to assist in the development and redevelopment of commercial businesses in the newly constructed Phase 1 Redevelopment Site.

US Army Corps of Engineers

United States Army Corps of Engineers

The Corps of Engineers is the nation's premier public engineering agency charged by Congress with the responsibility of protecting and developing the water resources of our nation. The Huntington District of the Corps of Engineers is responsible for administering the flood protection, navigation and ecosystem restoration programs within 5 states associated with the Ohio River drainage basin. The Big Sandy River Basin, of which Beaver Creek is a tributary, is within the administrative jurisdiction of the Huntington District. In accordance with legislative language provided by Congress in 1981, the Huntington District was given the responsibility for identifying and implementing flood damage reduction measures in Floyd County and in particular the Town of Martin. Based upon the Detailed Project Report for the Town of Martin produced in March 2000 and the Project Cooperation Agreement executed in 2001, the Corps of Engineers is the Federal partner in development of the project and will be the primary planning, engineering and construction agency during the implementation of the project. The application of Federal funds for the project will primarily come through the Corps of Engineers.