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Flood cleanup caused water shortage in Neon

Too much muddy water was related to a shortage of treated water in the City of Fleming-Neon.

At the April meeting of the Fleming-Neon City Council, Mayor Susie Polis told the council that it had taken so much water to clean the mud left over from the flooding off of city streets that members of the Neon Volunteer Department, who were working voluntarily to clean the streets, had to stop until the water levels in the city’s two water supplies recovered.

Polis said the flooding caused water to be as high as she had seen it in more than 20 years, and had caused problems for quite a few people. On the morning of the flooding, signs were placed at each end of town to warn motorists not to drive through town. The flooding did not cause any problems at the City Water Plant, but a breaker did have to be replaced in an unrelated matter.

Polis praised city employees, water company employees, and the volunteer fire department for their work in cleaning the city, and added that as soon as water levels reach an acceptable level, the job of cleaning the streets will be finished.

The city had a 71 percent water loss for March. Polis said a significant part of the water loss probably came from using treated water to clean the streets. Polis also said if anyone wants to see a truly nice bridge, they should go look at the new bridge that was built in Welch Hollow to replace the old one that was damaged beyond repair in the first flood.

In other business, longtime City Clerk Janice Banks announced that she is retiring. Banks was hired in 1995 during the administration of Mayor Arlie Hall and has served the city since. The council emerged from an executive session to announce Banks’s pending retirement and expressed its thanks to her for the fine job she has done. Banks said she would stay on at least until after the May meeting and Mayor Polis said the city will look for a suitable replacement in the interim.

Also at the meeting, Council Member Linda Cantrell read the Road Aid Resolution which allows the city to use state Road Aid funds from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to repair streets that have been designated as city streets. Polis said the amount of aid available to the city is $15,639.

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