Mercer has $35,000 to clear illegal dump

November 24, 2004|ANN R. HARNEY

HARRODSBURG - Officials here hope almost $35,000 will be enough to clean up the illegal dump on John Jones Road.

Mercer County Judge-Executive John Trisler said the county will receive $20,701 from the state Division of Waste Management to go along with $14,000 already in hand. The $14,000 came from Bluegrass PRIDE, but that was not nearly enough to meet the cost of the cleanup, he said.

Norman Jennings, Mercer County coordinator for solid waste and Bluegrass PRIDE, said the organization uses federal funds for grants relative to environmental education, awareness and cleanups.

At its meeting Tuesday, Fiscal Court agreed to a memorandum of agreement with the state to receive the $20,701, and Trisler said not all of that money may be needed for the cleanup. The county will have to advertise for bids on the project.


While he did not say exactly why it will cost so much to get rid of the dump, he did say it was difficult to get to and, "It is infested with snakes."

He said he hopes the work can be done in the winter months.

The court granted also a lot-size waiver to Dianna McPherson for a lot on Oakland Lane. Current regulations require a two-acre lot for a lagoon septic system, but the lot in question is one acre in size.

The court approved the lot for the lagoon system since it had been approved by Tony White of the Mercer County Health Department before the law changed to require two acres.

Trisler said White told him there are four or five such one-acre lots that have been approved for a lagoon that have not been developed.

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