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Councilwoman Welch thanks County Attorney for cleaning up Fairdale with DUI Diversion program

Monday October 9, 2006

Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
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Tony Hyatt: 574-4137/ 526-3622
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Louisville – After the weekend rains were over, it didn’t take long for the clean up to get underway at the Fairdale Community Fair. This year, organizers got some extra help with the effort.

“I would like to thank County Attorney Irv Maze for sending us some clean up help after the fun was over,” says Councilwomen Vicki Welch (D) 13. “His help went beyond the Fair.”

40 volunteers were sent by the County Attorney’s Office to help pick up trash after the Fair. The volunteers are part of the DUI Diversion program created by Maze some ten months ago.

“While we appreciate the thank you, this type of activity is at the heart of what we want the program to stress,” says Maze. “We want people in this program, who at one time could have been a danger to a community, to get a sense of what a community is. And more importantly, how it can be served”

The volunteers picked up almost 500 pounds of trash when the Fair was over. The effort included cleaning up around Fairdale High School.

“I think the program should be applauded for what it is trying to achieve and I would encourage more neighborhoods to work with the County Attorney on such worthwhile effort,” says Welch.

The Fairdale Fair was the twelfth clean up project for the DUI Diversion program.

Community Service is just one aspect of the program. It is a one year program that also includes assessment, treatment and counseling.