In a letter from the Kentucky Division of Waste Management presented to members of Harlan Fiscal Court at a special meeting on Thursday, Harlan County Solid Waste Supervisor Lakis Mavinidis said a $46,234.14 Litter Abatement Grant for 2014 has been awarded to the county.
In the letter, Supervisor Deborah Conway said the agency had received Harlan County’s 2013 annual report for the solid waste management department on March 11. “I am pleased to inform you that your county met the reporting requirement for 2013 and remained in compliance with the 2013-2017 Solid Waste Management planning period,” she said.
Conway said the county received litter abatement grant funds in the amount of $40,460.91, to be used for cleanup of litter along public roads during calendar year 2013.
“Your county has met the the Division of Waste Management’s reporting requirements for this grant… Please retain your expenditure records for three years as all public funds are subject to state audit procedures,” according to her letter.
In regard to the 2014 grant funds, Conway said “close monitoring will be required to insure the grant funding is used appropriately. As per the litter agreement, any remaining balance of the 2014 litter abatement funds as of Dec. 31 must be returned to the cabinet by April 15, 2015.”
“The Division of Waste Management believes your county has made progress and will continue to do so,” the letter continued.
Mavinidis said he was proud of his department and the work completed in helping clean up the county.
In other action the court:
*Approved a resolution adopting and approving the execution of a county road aid coop program contract between the fiscal court and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Department of Rural and Municipal Aid for the fiscal year beginning July 1, provided in the Kentucky Revised Statutes and accepting all road and streets referred to therein as being a part of the county road system.
*Approved setting aside 3 percent of the county road funds for emergency situations;
*Approved a road aid agreement of approximately $1.4 million with three distributions;
*Approved the fiscal year 2013 Emergency Management Performance Grant for the period of performance Oct. 1, 2013 through Sept. 30 which funds a portion of Harlan County Emergency Management Director David McGill’s salary and office expenses;
*Approved road salt reverse auction bid, noting the salt will be $30 per ton higher for next year. Harlan County Road Supervisor Marvin Goins said the county has 400 tons of salt left;
*Magistrate Bill Moore asked that three bridges in the Ages area be addressed and repaired by the county road department. He reflected he had requested this action several times. That request was waived aside by Harlan County Judge-Executive Joe Grieshop and no action or discussion proceeded the request;
*Daniel Howard, Harlan County Detention Center employee and representative to fiscal court, said the jail now has 192 inmates with 137 of those being state inmates and 55 county inmates. Grieshop said the county has spent as much as $1.2 million of county funds at the jail, but this fiscal year, which ends June 30, the county will only have put approximately $400,000 at the detention center.
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