With no major issues needing to be addressed and city business running at a snail’s pace during the summer months, the Harlan City Council’s regular meeting clocked in at just a little over fifteen minutes on Monday.
The council first approved paying the bills then moved on to monthly reports from the department heads.
Police Chief Mike Thomas told the council his department had gone through 921 gallons of fuel, received 3,103 calls, produced 11 accident reports, 15 case reports, 136 citations and made 55 arrests.
Thomas also advised the panel a date for city officers to go through firearm simulator training has changed.
“They told me it was going to be here on July 10, they were wrong, it’s going to be here on July 24,” said Thomas. “It will be here until Aug. 19.”
Thomas invited members of council to come and see how the simulator works while the device is available.
Harlan Fire Chief Linette Hutchison reported her department handled one commercial inspection, eight single-family dwelling inspections, participated in Poke Sallet Kid’s Fun Day and underwent 80 hours of training. The Harlan Fire Department also responded to three structure fires, one vehicle fire, one vehicle crash and three minor HAZMAT (hazardous materials) responses.
Hutchison told the council the county had begun work on a levee near Harlan Gas Road.
Thomas also informed the council that the Rotary Club had donated a trailer the club had previously used as a concession stand to the city. Thomas said he and Hutchison were working on what to do with the trailer.
She mentioned to the council her department had received state aid money in the amount of $8,250.
“That’s the money we get from the state for making sure we have enough people trained to the level they’re supposed to be trained,” said Hutchison.
Mayor Danny Howard updated the council on a sewer issue.
“We have put in a new pump…that we hope will eliminate some of the throwaway pads and things that come out of the nursing home and the hospital,” said Howard. “The cotton part of it disintegrates and it just leaves some twine. We’re experimenting with this pump to see if we can cut down on the repairs.”
Howard told the council the city has spare pumps if needed.
“We’ve got backup, right now we’ve got five spare pumps that fit any size except for one,” said Howard.
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