The Harlan Fiscal Court heard from Waste Management Supervisor Lakis Mavinidis during a recent meeting about the Commonwealth Cleanup Week.
Harlan County Judge-Executive Dan Mosley recognized Mavinidis late in the meeting.
Mavinidis told the court the week of March 19-26 is the 18th Annual Commonwealth Cleanup Week.
“During this period, thousands of volunteers in the past have helped to try and keep our county clean,” he said. “On their behalf, I want to thank you.”
Commonwealth Cleanup Week is implemented by the Energy and Environment Cabinet and also kicks off the Great American Cleanup, which runs from March through May.
According to Mavinidis, efforts will continue past the end of the week.
“Any groups that want to volunteer, school groups, church groups, their names will be put in a pot for a drawing for a $100 prize,” Mavinidis said. “We provide garbage bags…all the things necessary to keep everybody safe. We just want to let everybody know that we’re getting ready to do this and we appreciate everybody’s participation and support.”
According to the Kentucky Division of Waste Management’s website, The EEC, county solid waste coordinators, cities, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Bluegrass PRIDE and Keep America Beautiful are sponsoring this year’s event, along with the Governor’s Office, legislators, county and city officials, volunteer organizations and other state government entities. Eastern Kentucky PRIDE will be conducting cleanups in April as part of the Great American Cleanup. Mosley also updated the court on the state of the Stone Mountain Boat Dock.
“If you haven’t been up there recently, I encourage you to go take a look at the work we’ve been doing up there,” Mosley said. “It’s coming along.”
Mosley pointed out the boat slips are being rented, and a new boat ramp is expected to be completed this summer.
“We’ve got a lease here from Kentucky Fish and Wildlife to lease the area around the boat ramp,” Mosley said. “Because they will be putting in the new boat ramp, they have to lease the area around it.”
Mosley told the court a parking area is being developed where people can put their trailers.
“We’ll also be moving a mobile home into the area, hopefully for a law enforcement officer to live in,” Mosley said. “There are people there overnight now. It’s going good. They’re going to be putting grills in.”
Mosley said primitive camping areas are also being worked on.
The court approved the lease between the county and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
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