After presenting a report to members of the Evarts City Council on Tuesday, Police Chief Lupe Blas told council members his department hosted a methamphetamine awareness program for members of the Clover Fork Neighborhood Watch recently.
“It’s going on in Harlan County,” said Blas. “It’s mostly shake and bake operations, which are portable meth labs in bottles and other items like that.”
Blas warned residents about “picking up soda bottles,” noting “this may not be safe anymore.”
“They are using things like this to make meth and then just disposing of them on the sides of the roads,” said Blas. “This is why we ask that everyone be safe in handling items such as this, especially if they still have residue in them.”
Complimenting officers John Teagle and William Closgston for their work in conducting the second annual Evarts Police Department’s Cops 4 Kidz program recently at Martins Fork Lake, Blas said 43 children participated and 50 volunteers assisted that day. He added two 20-inch bicycles were given away as prizes during the event.
“This was a fantastic effort and I’m proud of these officers,” said Blas. “They are currently gathering school items to give to elementary school students in the Clover Fork area. A lot of parents are out of work and struggling, so we thought this might be another way of helping our residents.”
Blas also reported the Marilyn Thomas residence is “seeing a big improvement.” He said the home was not safe with high weeds and grass presenting a potential for snake bites to anyone on the property.
Mayor Eddie Manning added he had talked with the property owner and they were cooperating in getting the property “cleaned up.”
In other council action:
*Advised a fence will be placed around the Push and Grunt City Park;
*No bids were received on an old tanker belonging to the fire department. Council approved a motion to declare the item surplus and sell to a resident who made an offer of $500. If the offer is withdrawn, the tanker will be scrapped.
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