Water issues were a more pleasant topic at the January meeting of the Fleming-Neon City Council. In a special meeting Monday, called to make up for the regular meeting cancelled because of bad weather, the council learned that even in the cold snap, water losses have been reduced to 24 percent.
Water Manager Chris Banks said that because of the renovation at the city water plant in McRoberts, the report is not entirely accurate, but it is a good sign. Harold Kelly of Nesbitt Engineering, the firm working with the city on renovating the plant, reported that work on the city water plant is proceeding on schedule and going well.
Banks said all city water customers currently have water and all the water currently being sold is produced by the city. Last month, because of a power outage that caused pumps in the main well to stop pumping for several hours, tanks were depleted and the city was forced to purchase water from the City of Jenkins and the Letcher County Water and Sewer District.
In other water and sewer related business, the council voted unanimously to advertise to engage the services of an engineering company for renovations to the city sewer system. The necessity to place the ad is because Paul Nesbitt of Nesbitt Engineering, project engineer for the water project, told the council at last month’s meeting that some recently implemented changes in federal regulations will make it necessary to advertise individual projects and accept bids for engineering services on an individual basis.
Mayor Susie Polis told the council that she had spoken to Joanna and Mark Hardin, who own the 5th District restaurant in Whitesburg. She said the Hardins told her that their planned diner in town should be open within the next two months.