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Harlan Council discusses water testing expense

May 22, 2014

By Joe P. Asher, Harlan Daily Enterprise, Ky.

May 22--Harlan City Council discussed a recent increase in water testing costs during a meeting on Monday.

"There was some question on...lab bills," said Mayor Danny Howard. "The reason for more testing is because we are a million gallon a day plant."

Howard said the Division of Water is now requiring more tests, and that is creating large bills for the city.

A representative from Harlan Municipal Water advised council there were several tests that had to be done recently, which caused the spike in the city's cost for testing.

The council heard a request from the Benham Coal Museum during a meeting on Monday.

Larry Lafollette, a representative of the museum, addressed the panel.

"I am here to ask your support not as council, but as individual members of the council, to participate in an exhibition we're putting together," said Lafollette. "What we are trying to do is document those things that we face as a county, as individual communities that are challenging us at the moment."

Lafollette said they seek to document things that are being done to keep hope alive.

"I'm here to ask allow our community interviewers to talk with you for half an hour and get from you, as leaders of this community, what you believe the challenges are that Harlan County and the city of Harlan face," said Lafollette.

Lafollette said the interviewers would also be looking for steps that are being taken to keep hope alive.

After several members agreed to participate, the council moved on to other business.

In other council activity:

-- Harlan City Fire Chief Linette Hutchison reported the Harlan Fire Dept. completed 11 commercial inspections, four single family dwelling inspections, 306 man hours of training and responded to 12 calls;

-- Harlan City Police Chief Mike Thomas reported the Harlan City Police received 3,765 calls into dispatch, completed 15 accident reports, produced 13 case reports, issued 95 citations, performed 39 arrests and served 23 warrants.

Joe P. Asher may be reached at 606-573-4510, ext. 1161 or on Twitter #joe_hde


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