Steele honored with ‘Friends of Cities’ award

Amelia Holliday — Staff Reporter

November 1, 2013

HAZARD—A local representative was honored at the Hazard City Commissioner’s meeting Monday night.

The Kentucky League of Cities awarded Rep. Fitz Steele with a “Friends of Cities” award. Bert May, with the Kentucky League of Cities, presented the award.

“Every year the League gives out what they call a ‘Friends of Cities’ award to certain legislators that have gone above and beyond for city issues,” May explained during the presentation.

May said the League decided to honor Steele after his work with having House Bill 378 passed. The bill brought a high level of transparency to the process of determining the maximum amount of pollutants in a body of water, called the total maximum daily load (TMDL), pursuant to the U.S. Clean Water Act.

Steele explained that he pushed so hard for the bill not just to help the industries in the region but to ultimately help the cities and people which benefit the most from having thriving industries in the region.

“It’s the straight pipes and garbage, that’s why our streams are polluted and that’s the bottom line. Anybody that’s worked in PRIDE, been a member of PRIDE, knows that that’s what’s wrong with our streams and our water,” he said.