The Harlan City Council discussed a program aimed at helping to keep children away from drugs during a short meeting on Monday.
Mayor Danny Howard brought the “Give Me a Reason” program to the council’s attention.
“On Thursday, the Harlan Christian Church along with UNITE will be sponsoring a program called ‘Give Me a Reason,’” Howard said. “This is going to be drug tests provided to parents free of charge.”
Howard said the distribution of drug tests to parents is intended to keep kids off drugs.
“The parents who have it (drug test kits), their children can say ‘I’ve got a reason not to use drugs, because my parents have a drug test at home and they’re going to test me with it,’” Howard explained. “The hope is this will give some parents in the area another tool to help their kids.”
City Engineer Leo Miller informed the council the culvert project at Woodland Hills was set to get underway within a few weeks. He also mentioned a portion of the Wallins sewer project at Dayhoit was ready to go online on Tuesday.
“The sewer job will probably turn on tomorrow at the Dayhoit Trailer Park,” Miller said. “That should be 30 to 35 customers that will come in immediately…that will generate some income.”
Howard also mentioned an issue with some property near the Boys and Girls Club the city is considering condemning.
“Some of the properties that we were talking about, if you can contact the gentleman at the bank tomorrow and tell him the council is going to proceed with condemnation,” Howard told City Attorney Scott Lisenbee. “Give them an opportunity to settle this.”
Howard said the Boys and Girls Club could use the property.
“Let’s get on with it and get these kids a place to play,” Howard said.
In other council activity, the council went into executive session before adjourning. No action was taken.
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