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F-N council will be short two members at start of year

The Fleming-Neon City Council will face the task of appointing two new council members at the first meeting following the new year.

At the council’s November meeting, Mayor Susie Polis said that because only four of the current council members were on the ballot, with Tom Haynes and Brett Holland declining to seek re-election, the council will go into the new year with two vacancies.

Members who were reelected are James D. Collins, Linda Cantrell, Joe King, Susie Fleming, along with Mayor Susie Polis.

Polis said that the council still has enough members to have a quorum to allow it to do business until the new members are appointed. Both Haynes and Holland attended the November meeting.

In other business, Ken Reid of Nesbitt Engineering told the council that the rebuild of the city water plant at McRoberts is complete except for a few touch-up and housekeeping chores. Nesbitt Engineering is the project engineer for the overall makeover of the city water system. The rebuild of the plant is Phase I of the project and the next phase will address distribution. Mayor Polis said she plans to schedule a grand opening in December when everyone who helped make the project possible can attend.

Mayor Polis also said she plans to ask newly elected Fifth District Magistrate Benny McCall and Second District Magistrate Sherry Sexton to attend the December meeting to meet the council members and inform them of their plans for the coming term. Fleming Neon lies partly in the Fifth District and partly in the Second District.

Councilman James D. Collins, who is also a member of the Neon Days Committee, told the council that he expects the Christmas Parade to take place early in December. He added that as soon as the committee sets a date, he will inform the council and notify The Mountain Eagle.

Councilmember Linda Cantrell said the Halloween Safe Night was a huge success, and Mayor Polis said there was one of the biggest crowds in recent memory. They attributed the crowd size to the excellent weather on Halloween. Council members were unanimous in expressing their thanks to the voters for allowing them to serve the city for another term.

Police Chief Mike Dingus was completing training sessions and Water Manager Chris Banks was in the field so there were no Police Reports or Utility Reports.

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