Whitesburg KY

High waters plague Neon area

High water in city streets is once again a concern for the Fleming- Neon City Council, but this time the culprit is the heavy rains and snow that have fallen on Letcher County for the past few days.

Mayor Susan Polis told the council that water standing in the street near the site of the old Maynard Hogg Gulf Station was probably the result of the large amount of rain that has fallen recently and said the situation in Fleming is the same. Mayor Polis said she will speak with the Kentucky Department of Highways to see if there is a solution for the situation in Fleming, where water tends to settle in low spots and create hazardous driving conditions when temperatures fall.

Councilman Tom Haynes said the water in Fleming had created an “icy mess” over the past few days, but Polis said the water in the Little League ballpark and on the street there is not from the culvert that has caused problems from water coming off Haymond Hill. Haynes said he believes the water could be dealt with by installing drains in the parking lot, and Polis said the Kentucky Department of Highways had placed “high water” signs on the road that runs through Fleming by the ballpark.

While rainwater is causing problems for the city, the news concerning treated water from the city water plant was somewhat better. Mayor Polis reported that water losses have dropped from 35 percent in October to 14 percent for November. Councilman James D. Collins said losses are down by around three million gallons due to several water leaks that have been identified and repaired by city water workers. Polis said city workers had fixed several large leaks and have concentrated on repairing fire hydrants as well.

In other business, Police Chief Mike Dingus told the council that film crews will be in town later this week to film an Investigation Discovery channel program on the murder of Tammy Dee Acker and the attempted murder and robbery of $1.9 million from her father, Dr. Roscoe Acker.

Dingus said representatives of Discovery Network had contacted his office, and if residents see film crews in the city, they are legitimate. Dingus also said that he will be dropping off notices to businesses in the city to remind them that business license renewals will be due by January 1, 2014. He said the renewals will be distributed in plenty of time to met the deadline.

The Fleming-Neon Christmas Parade will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 14.

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