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.
Corps of Engineers flood damage reduction projects historically relied on structural measures such as dams, floodwalls, levees or river channel modification to reduce flood damages. By modifying the amount or movement of flood waters in and around communities, flood damages could be significantly lessened. The Section 202 legislation passed by Congress provided an opportunity to develop cost effective alternatives that were new and innovative - alternatives that have proven to be effective in the Tug Fork Valley Section 202 projects. Pictures of these innovative techniques for reducing flood risks can be seen in the photo gallery.
When it was determined that standard structural measures such as dams, floodwalls/levees and channels would not be cost effective in protecting the downtown area of Martin, nonstructural measures such as redevelopment of the downtown and floodproofing were considered. Working closely with the community leadership and the Task Force, the Corps determined that a redevelopment plan for Martin could provide many benefits to the community in addition to reducing flood damages and threats to human life.
Redevelopment provides Martin with an opportunity to rebuild and revitalize in a flood-safe location. But what makes this redevelopment plan different is that its benefits go beyond the context of flood damage reduction and flood risk management through the following actions: