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Fleming-Neon council hears budget proposal

The Fleming-Neon City Council heard the first reading of the city’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2014-15 at its June meeting Monday afternoon. The budget calls for expenditures of $254,747.66 against income of $254,222.90, leaving the city with a surplus of $524.76.

The budget includes a carryover of $29,000 from last year. Because the council did not meet in May, Mayor Susie Polis said she would call a special meeting before June 30 to conduct the second reading of the budget and hold a vote on whether or not to approve it.

In other business, Water Department Superintendent Chris Banks told the council the city had a water loss of 13 percent for May. Kentucky Rural Water, a membership organization that works with rural cities on water and sewer issues, considers a monthly loss of 20 percent to be about average for the state. Banks said that overall, everything is going very well for the water and sewer district.

City Foreman Jake Johnson announced the city’s participation in a countywide “tire amnesty” set for June 12, 13, and 14. Tires may be dropped at the Gateway Industrial Park in Jenkins and at the Sewanee Loading Dock at Isom. Johnson added that if Fleming-Neon Sanitation Dept. customers wish to leave tires out at their regular garbage pick-up site, he will see to it that the tires are picked up and taken to the county sites. There is no limit on the number of tires for disposal.

“This is a good time to take action if people want to get rid of old tires,” said Johnson.

Polis announced that the city has entered into a contract with Nicholasville accountant Rodney Welch to conduct the city’s annual audit. She said that Welch, who was raised in Jenkins, has competed his work in Neon and expects to have the final draft finished by the end of June.

“We are caught up,” said Polis.

Councilman James D. Collins, who is also on the Neon Days Committee, said the committee will hold a Fourth of July Celebration with fireworks, food, and a band. Collins said the celebration will begin around 7 p.m. on July 4. The council voted unanimously to share the cost of the celebration with the festival committee.

Collins also reported that the city will hold its monthly citywide yard sale with tables set up on city streets on July 5.

In response to a question from Councilman Jeff Breeding, Polis said there has been no action taken by the Letcher County Library Board on the demolition of the old Fleming-Neon library building.

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