City commission approves grant money for water project
by Amelia Holliday
The Hazard City Commission met Monday night to discuss Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, open bidding for the solid waste transfer project, and promote Hazard City Police officers.
The commissioners passed two resolutions concerning CDBG funds. The city’s water system rehabilitation project is using funds from the CDBG, which, according to the CDBG’s website, is a grant meant to be used to benefit low- and moderate-income persons by preventing or eliminating “slums or blight, or address community development needs, having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community for which other funding is not available.”
A resolution to approve the contract between the city and the Commonwealth of Kentucky Department of Local Government was passed, allowing the city to accept the $1 million grant agreement from the CDBG program for the purpose of public facilities improvements within the Water System Rehabilitation Project.
Hazard Mayor Nan Gorman explained the aim of the project is to fix a lot of the problems the city, and county, are facing with the water they need.
“What we’re doing, there’s certain things in the water plant that are not broken but will break soon. They’re old; we can’t get parts for them, so, we’re getting it new,” Gorman said.
The project includes many other things to improve the city’s water system, including adding another intake in the river, dredging the river around the original intake, and adding meters to water pumps out in the county in order to be able to identify when and where a leak is occurring, Gorman said.
“I could go on because it’s a long, thick book about the improvements that we’re going to make,” she added. “It’s very necessary, we all believe in it very much. The city manager and myself and other people that work in the city government that worry about these things, we’re all very excited about it and we know that it’s needed.”
There will be no displacement of residential or commercial occupants as a result of the rehabilitation project, however, per the guidelines of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, the city passed a resolution to replace any residential or commercial housing if it must be moved or used for the project.
A procurement policy for the CDBG program for small purchases and purchases of $20,000 or less and for services and material exceeding that was also passed by the commissioners.
Bidding for the solid waste transfer was also approved to be opened, with bids coming in from MBI, to haul to the Laurel Ridge Landfill for $466 per load; Watco, LLC, to also haul to the Laurel Ridge Landfill for $17 per ton; and Waste Connections, Inc., for the city to deliver waste to the Perry County transfer station, for either $42 per ton for one year, $41.25 per ton for three years, or $40.50 per ton for five years.
Hazard Police Chief Minor Allen presented the Hazard Police Department’s (HPD) monthly report for February and presented the commissioners with the recommended promotion of seven officers. Patrolmen Preston Napier, Tim Feltner, Zach Miller, Wilson Jones, B. J. Caudill, Doug Ashley, and Bradley Couch were all promoted to Class A Patrolmen with the Hazard City Police after having completed one year of service with the department and completed the Department of Criminal Justice training. These officers will receive the normal 25 cent raise that comes with the promotion.
For the month of February, the HPD had a total of 24 cases, 16 felonies, and eight misdemeanors, Minor said. There was $8,629.22 in property stolen and $2,224.22 recovered. Forty traffic accidents were recorded for the month, with only five of those resulting in injury; two were DUI related.
Sam Stacy, Hazard fire chief, presented the fire department’s monthly report for the month of February to the commissioners. The Hazard Fire Department responded to 51 calls for the month, 36 of those were fires, 13 rescues, and two mutual aid runs. Activities for the month included refilling the Pavilion pool, assisting the police department with the burning of evidence from old cases, and fixing the flags at the Perry County Court House. The department had 363 hours of training for firefighters for the month, bringing the total for the year to 684 hours.
The commission will meet again on April 15 for their regularly scheduled meeting.
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