LIBERTY - Eastern Kentucky PRIDE in Somerset has awarded $40,000 to Casey Fiscal Court for environmental improvement projects in the county.
Casey will clean up dumps on South Fork Ridge, Slate Hill, Owens Branch, Hays Hollow, Hippie Hollow and Ivan Godbey roads, according to Jeffrey Thomas, county solid waste coordinator. He said most of the dumps are large.
Another large dump on Dry Ridge Road will be cleaned up using state funds, he said.
The Casey PRIDE Community Grant is one of 47 grants totaling more than $1 million that were awarded this year. The one-year grants will be used primarily to remove illegal dumps and dispose of trash collected during community cleanup events, such as the PRIDE Spring Cleanup.
"The local officials who applied for these grants should be commended for their leadership," said Richard Thomas, PRIDE executive director. "Congressman (Hal) Rogers makes sure PRIDE funds are available for environmental stewardship, but it is up to communities to put the funds to work."