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Fleming-Neon officials say water problem now in hand

The water situation has been sorted out in Fleming Neon and water losses have been reduced to under 10 percent. Water Department Manager Chris Banks told the Fleming-Neon City Council at its April meeting that water losses for the last month stood at nine percent, mainly because large leaks in the line running to Goose Creek were repaired.

“I believe the line at the mouth of Goose Creek has been leaking all along,” said Banks, adding that the leaks were large enough to be catastrophic for the city.

Banks also told the council that a new high service pump has been installed at the water plant and that tanks are filling up now and they stay full. The new pumps are efficient enough that the plant can be shut down for a few hours each day and the city hasn’t had to buy water from the Letcher County Water and Sewer District since the Goose Creek lines were repaired.

Paul Nesbitt of Nesbitt Engineering told the council that his grant staff is still working hard to raise the necessary funds to overhaul the city water and sewer plants. He added that Banks had represented the city very well at a recent public meeting concerning water matters held at the Hemphill Community Center.

In other business, Mayor Susie Polis told the council that terms for Ethics Board members have expired. Polis asked that Michelle Wright, Steve Peake, Barbara Holland, and Ivan Hall be reappointed, and former council member Cheryl Furby be appointed to fill the seat vacated by the death of Jerry Hall. The council approved Polis’s recommendation.

City Foreman Jake Johnson told the council that the citywide pick-up of large items will take place between May 4 and May 15. Johnson said that sanitation workers will pick up furniture, appliances and other items that are too large for regular pick up if sanitation customers put them out at their regular pick-up site. The service is free to Fleming-Neon Sanitation customers. For further information, call 855-7900.

Councilman James D. Collins, who also serves as the city PRIDE coordinator, said that no funding is available through the PRIDE organization to pay for supplies and souvenirs for those participating in the annual PRIDE Clean-up, but the city will bear the cost. The clean-up will be held on May 16, with May 23 as the alternate date in the event of bad weather.

Mayor Polis told the council that the Fleming- Neon Middle School drama team recently picked up roadside garbage from Neon Junction to McRoberts. Polis commended the drama team for their willingness to work to make the city a better place. She also complimented the city’s new artwork, a metal work created by Kentucky Heritage Artist Doug Adams, that was recently installed. Polis said there has been a good deal of public comment on the artwork and she thinks it is very attractive and that it compliments the city. Council member Linda Cantrell agreed and Polis said that three public meetings were held for comments on the project, but that very few members of the public had attended any of them.

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