County hopes to use grant funds to clean up dumps

Nola Sizemore Staff Writer

January 17, 2014

Harlan County Solid Waste Supervisor Lakis Mavinidis asked the court permission to request through the state use of remaining dollars from a cleanup grant he recently received to clean up additional smaller dumps in the county not included in the original grant application.

During a meeting on Thursday, Mavinidis told members of the Harlan Fiscal Court he didn’t include several smaller dumps in his grant application because he wanted to be assured he could obtain enough funds to clean up the larger dumps first.

“I would like the court’s permission to negotiate with the state that the remaining money not used now be used to clean up some smaller dumps in the county,” said Mavinidis. “I think I have enough money left over to do this. Two of the dumps were on the original grant but were not approved, all together there were 10 dumps submitted.”

Mavinidis said the reason the two smaller dumps were not approved were because they were “so much smaller than some of the larger dumps.”

“If we get any money we want to get enough to clean up the larger ones first and that’s what we’ve done,” said Mavinidis. “Some of the larger dumps took $40,000 to $60,000 to clean up.”

Also included in Mavinidis’ report was a note that one of the contractors used to clean up a dump on West Sand Hill Road in the Cumberland area, damaged the county road with a bulldozer. He said, hopefully, that road will be repaired by the contracted, who is bonded.

A motion was made and approved to do a letter to the appropriate agency asking that the left over dollars be used to clean up additional dumps in the county.

In other court action:

*Agreed to advertise for diesel fuel/gasoline and autopsy transportation, road/bridge materials, which include ready-mix concrete, metal culvert tile, steel rebar and galvanized coated gabion baskets;

*Approved the Harlan County Detention Center’s policy manual;

*Approved a resolution for the fiscal court to enter into and file a renewal grant application to the Department of Local Government for the Cumberland Hope Center in the amount of $250,000;

*Set the date for the court’s February meeting for Feb. 27 at 10 a.m.

Reach Nola Sizemore at 606-573-4510, ext. 115, nsizemore@civitasmedia.com