The Harlan City Council heard about another upcoming sewer project during a meeting on Monday.
Mayor Danny Howard called on City Engineer Leo Miller for his report, during which Miller explained the upcoming project.
“This week, I’m going to advertise for another sewer project,” Miller said. “We’re going to pick up communities that pump stations four and five are in so we can feed those pump stations.”
Miller said the project will include locations at Wallins, Sawbrier, Lay Hill and Dogwood.
“We’re going to advertise that,” Miller said. “Hopefully, that will be an eight to 10-month project.”
Miller said the project will add over 100 houses to the system.
According to Miller, after this project there is no more coal severance money available for infrastructure projects.
Howard updated the council on a housing project currently in progress in Fairview.
“We’ve sort of hit a standstill,” Howard said. “The COAP volunteers left, so we’re going to have to figure out a way to get it cleaned up.”
COAP volunteers assisted in demolishing some structures in Fairview a few weeks ago, according to a previous report.
“It’s very important to COAP so they can get some houses built on there and get some families living over there,” Howard explained. “It’s something wonderful for that community. That little community over there has got more potential than about anyplace (in the city) because it’s the only flat land.”
Harlan City Police Chief Mike Thomas advised the council his department had recently received a re-certification.
“This is our third five-year accreditation through the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police,” Thomas said. “You’ve had an accredited police department for 10 years now, this of course gives us a nice discount on liability and a little bit to brag about too, because of the more than 400 police departments across the state, only about 170 are accredited. We’re one of a handful on the eastern side of the state.”
According to the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police website, accreditation reflects that the agency was carefully measured against an established set of standards and has met or exceeded professionally accepted practices in law enforcement. The Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police Accreditation Program is intended to provide law enforcement agencies of the Commonwealth with an avenue for demonstrating that they meet commonly accepted professional standards for efficient and effective operations.
In other council activity:
• Harlan City Fire Chief Linette Hutchison reported her department performed 12 commercial inspections, inspected five single-family dwellings, conducted on CPR class, completed 54 man hours of training and responded to five calls.
• Thomas reported his department patrolled 8,508 miles, received 3,116 calls, completed 22 accident reports, opened eight cases, issued 27 citations and made 22 arrests.
Reach Joe P. Asher at 606-909-4132 or on Twitter @joe_hde.