WAYLAND – The community of Wayland has been busy a busy town throughout the summer. Wayland Mayor Jerry Fultz is a retired Floyd County School Teacher and was named 2015 Floyd Countian of the Year. As mayor, Fultz has applied for and been awarded several grants to improve the community of Wayland. One grant that will greatly impact the citizens of Wayland is a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant.
The grant will be used to add a new two story addition to the back of the Wayland Gym and also build an indoor walking track. The gym was originally built in 1937. In 1947 dressing rooms were added, however, no bathroom facility was included. The grant will remodel the gym and create an athletic and wellness complex, which will also be the new home of the Mountain Sports Hall of Fame.
Fultz is founder of the Wayland Historical Society. Wayland is proud to be the hometown of the legendary King Kelly Coleman. University of Kentucky basketball coach, Adolph Rupp, called Kelly “the greatest high school player who ever lived… A combination of Cliff Hagan, Frank Ramsey, and all of the other great stars who have played at Kentucky.”
When Fultz founded the Wayland Historical Society, he was determined to buy the old Wayland Gymnasium and preserve the history and heritage of the town he loves dearly. His vision was to create a museum and an athletic center that could be utilized by everyone in the community. Fultz’s vision is about to become a reality. It is about to become possible thanks to the hard work and determination of Fultz and the entire Wayland City Commission.
During the Wayland City Commission meeting held on June 9, Summit Engineering of Pikeville was hired to develop preliminary plans for the Wayland Sports Complex and Mountain Sports Hall of Fame. The firm has been working on the plans and will travel to Frankfort next week to seek final approval. If the preliminary plans are approved, the firm will forge ahead and develop a full set of plans to begin the project that is so eagerly anticipated.
“We are very excited about this project,” said Fultz. “If they approve them, great, we will get started; if they want us to change a few things, we will. This project will benefit everyone in the community. We are a small community in Floyd County, but if something good happens in Wayland, it’s good for Floyd County. We should see Floyd County as one community and work together and support each other. If we are doing something that someone wants to take back to their community in Floyd County, that’s great.”
In addition to the $500,000 Community Development Block Grant, Wayland was also the recipient of a $409,000 FEMA grant for storm drains. The FEMA grant is a matching grant which means funding will come from 75 percent FEMA, 12 percent state and 13 percent Wayland.
Wayland has been plagued with flooding problems for decades. The FEMA grant will aid with drainage issues. Adding the drains will not lessen the possibility of flooding. However, when flooding occurs, the water will no longer stand stagnant for days in the yards, fields and roads of the community.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.