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.
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.
The current estimate for construction of the Town of Martin Redevelopment Project is $92.0 million dollars.
In accordance with the Water Resources Development Act of 1986, the planning, engineering and construction costs of all Federal water resources projects, including the Town of Martin, are required to be shared between the Federal Government and a non-Federal sponsor. Being the responsible agency for the project, Federal project funding comes through the annual appropriations provided by Congress to the US Army Corps of Engineers. Congressman Harold Rogers has been a strong supporter of the Town of Martin project and has provided annual funding for the project since its inception.
For flood protection projects such as the Town of Martin, the standard rate for cost sharing project costs is 65% Federal and 35% non-Federal. However, in accordance with Section 103 of Public Law 99-662, a flood protection project may be evaluated to determine whether the non-Federal sponsor has the financial capability to assume their share of the project costs. Subsequent to this economic analysis, it was determined that the Town of Martin project would qualify for the minimum 5 percent non-Federal contribution. Under this modified cost sharing rate, the non-Federal sponsor would be responsible for approximately $4.6 million dollars of the total cost with the Federal Government contributing $87.4 million dollars.
The non-Federal sponsor for the project is the Floyd County Fiscal Court, and the Commonwealth of Kentucky has assumed the role of a financial contributor to the project to assist the Floyd County Fiscal Court. The Commonwealth of Kentucky has committed to providing 95% of the non-Federal share of project costs or approximately $4.4 million dollars, leaving a balance of approximately $200,000 to be contributed by the Floyd County Fiscal Court over a multi-year construction period.