County officials approved the preparation of two quit claim deeds to the city of Harlan after city officials receive funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to upgrade sewage lift stations across the county.
During a meeting of the Harlan Fiscal Court on Thursday, Consulting Engineer Leo Miller, with Leo Miller and Associates Engineering firm of Harlan, asked the court to transfer a deed to the sewage transfer station in Rio Vista to the city of Harlan.
“This lift station was built on what was U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land,” said Miller. “Since that time the corps has transferred all their property to Harlan Fiscal Court under a blanket deed. ARC’s requirements are that there be a clear title before they release the money.
“This is property that is only located inside the perimeter of the fence. There are so many other lift stations out in the county that are on corps of engineers property, I asked Fred (Busroe), the county attorney, to prepare another quit claim blanket deed for all those lift stations to the city of Harlan. This is just housekeeping.”
Harlan County Judge-Executive Joe Grieshop said this action will allow the city of Harlan to have grant opportunities that they would otherwise not have on repairing and improving those systems.
“Without ownership they wouldn’t be able to do this,” said Grieshop. “This helps the county and the city.”
In other action, the court:
*Reflected that section 3.42, subsection (l) of the administrative code has been changed to outline the selling of vacation time to allow all classes of employees to sell accumulated time in a piecemeal fashion, with the exception of all county officials;
*Approved a bid from Bluegrass Materials LLC, of Bledsoe, for county gravel;
*Set next meeting for 10 a.m. on Aug. 14 due to meetings scheduled out of town for county officials.
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