CSEPP ending programs in Laurel; Boss Carting launching garbage service on July 1

May 29—The CSEPP (Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program) is coming to an end, but not without providing numerous services to the Laurel community.

David Williams, CSEPP Director for Laurel County, told the Laurel County Fiscal Court that the CSEPP program will officially end on June 30. He added that CSEPP funds have provided over $11 million in equipment and funding since the program launched in 1997.

He added that the program would continue as a state operated program rather than a federal program and would be managed by Emergency Management.

"The 911 center, fire departments, ambulance service and other agencies have profited from this over the years," he said. "The Sheriff's Department has gotten equipment, the ambulance service has gotten equipment, we've got three buildings at the EOC center that are state of the art and all the equipment there was funded through CSEPP. These were not matching funds; it hasn't cost the county any money."

Radio equipment for fire departments and the 911 Center, equipment for fire departments and Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County.

Williams added that he was the first CSEPP Director when the program began in 1997.

"So it's only fitting that I'm the director when the program ends," he said.

Todd Poff and Gerald Poff were also present for Thursday's meeting to announce that after a five-year hiatus, they are starting a garbage service known as Boss Carting. The Poff family previously operated Poff Carting but sold to Waste Connections. Poff said they are establishing the new garbage service on July 1.

Rates will be $28.95 per month, which can be arranged as monthly payments or quarterly payments. Service sign-up is being done online. Poff added that the $28.95 fee will cover the garbage can and that residents can have a second can for an additional fee. He said the extra can does not have to be one from the company but that it must have the capabilities to be picked up by the arms on the garbage truck.

Paula Thompson, CEO of the Economic Development Authority and Steve Morris, Economic Development Specialist with Cumberland Valley Area Development District (CVADD) told magistrates that a grant to extend water and sewer and gas to the new spec building in Lily Industrial Park on Greta Lane. Thompson said the building was completed on Friday, May 24.

House Bill 723 replaced House Bill 9, which allows counties applying for grant money from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to also apply for GRANT (Government Resources Accelerating Needed Transformation) program funding that will offset the costs of the ARC grant.

Thompson explained that the ARC grants require a 30% match by agencies applying for funding. Under HB 723, the GRANT program would offset 25% of that amount.

"The ARC grant is for $434,800. The GRANT program would pay $123,918, which would leave us paying $6,500," she told magistrates.

Although the Economic Development Authority is seeking the grant, the Laurel County Fiscal Court is the fiscal agency that receives the money — as it does with many other agencies. Once money is received, the funds are distributed to the various agencies, but it requires the fiscal court's initial approval.

Magistrates also approved changing the meeting dates for the August and September meetings. Those meeting dates will now be Thursday, Aug. 29 rather than Aug. 22, and the September meeting is moved up from Thursday, Sept. 24 — which falls during the World Chicken Festival — to Sept. 19.

Magistrates also approved bids for materials for the 2024-2025 fiscal year. Those bids can be found on the Laurel County Fiscal Court's webpage.