As the partial federal government shutdown continued into its fourth week, the effects have begun to be felt locally, as both the Caneyville City Commission and the Leitchfield Utilities Commisson reported this week that major projects have been put on hold.

The Caneyville City Commission, during its regular meeting on Monday night, reported that the application process with Rural Development, a branch of the United States Department of Agriculture, to garner funding for its proposed water line rehabilitation has been delayed due to the government shutdown.

Caneyville Utility Manager Jacob Crume said the project to replace Caneyville's older asbestos water lines with PVC pipe is estimated to cost $1,590,225, but the majority of the project's cost is expected to be funded by grants, with $600,000 expected to be repaid by the city on a 30-year loan at a 2.14 percent interest rate.

The Leitchfield Utilities Commission also reported during its regular meeting on Thursday that its own project to construct a new Leitchfield water treatment plant has also been put on hold while the utilities await Rural Development to re-open with the federal government.

With a minimum cost of at least $11 million, the new water treatment plant project had previously received approval for a 30-percent-grant/70-percent-loan financing strategy from Rural Development; however, Leitchfield Utilities Chairman Robert Crawford said Thursday that the utilities are now unsure when funding will be received due to the government shutdown.