The Solid Waste Department of the Pike County Government has been awarded a 2016 Illegal Open Dump Remediation Grant in the amount of $190,889 from the Division of Waste Management for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
“We are all very pleased with the news,” Bobby Mullins, Pike County Solid Waste Commissioner, said upon receiving news of the grant. “This money will go a long ways toward solving several problem areas we’ve been dealing with in our county for some time.”
According to Lisa Daniels Estep, Economic Development Director for the Pike County Fiscal Court, the grant will be dispersed in two separate amounts meant to assist in the cleanup of two illegal open dump sites in Pike County.
The smaller of the two amounts, $74,778, was designated for the removal of an open dump site on Hurricane Branch. The larger portion of the grant, $116.111, was awarded to assist in the cleanup efforts at the Levisa Fork of the Fishtrap Lake dump site.
“It was a concerted effort,” Estep said, who wrote the grant proposal with assistance from Commissioner Mullins and Jimmy Dale Sanders of the Pike County Pride Board.
On the Fishtrap Lake site, Pike County PRIDE, Pike County Solid Waste, and the Fiscal Court will be working in tandem with US Army Corps of Engineers to clean the site area.
“The Fiscal Court has long been advocates of the “Keep Pike County Clean” program,” Sanders said.
The State Division of Waste Management is a subdivision of the Department for Environmental Protection under the Energy and Environment Cabinet for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The agreement is effective from Jan. 1, 2016 through Feb. 28, 2017.
“We’ve made progress in this area,” Mullins said, “but funding is always difficult for projects like this.”
A summary of cleanup totals to date for Pike County include 82 streams/lakes/rivers cleaned, 416 dump sites eliminated, 1,582 roadways cleaned, 4,572 miles of roadway cleaned, 2,003 individual appliances and 1,630.92 tons of appliances collected, 14,284 tires and 393.39 tons of tires collected, 82,585 bags of trash, 7,253 tons of trash and 43 cubic yards of trash collected with the help of 13,286 volunteers contributing 60,621 volunteer hours.