Jeff Breeding has been sworn is as the newest member of the Fleming- Neon City Council.
Mayor Susie Polis swore in Breeding before he joined the council in addressing the agenda for its September meeting. Breeding fills the seat vacated by Everett Duncan, who resigned after he moved out of the city.
In other business, Ken Reid, a representative from Nesbitt Engineering, told the council that the water lines that will connect to Millstone and supply water to the homes along the Kona spur between US 119 and Highway 805 will not be connected to Martha Jane Potter Elementary School. The new water line is part of the second construction phase of the Payne Gap Water Line Project being overseen by the City of Jenkins. Reid said that if a connection is made it will be up to the City of Fleming-Neon to do so. However, he said the Letcher County Water and Sewer District will aid the city in connecting its water lines with those from Phase II and other county water projects to allow for a back-up source of water for Fleming-Neon water customers in the event of an emergency.
Police Chief Mike Dingus told the council that he has regretfully accepted a two-week notice of resignation from Office Thomas Bormes, who is leaving the area to be closer to his wife who works elsewhere. Dingus said Bormes would stay until after the Neon Days celebration this weekend. Mayor Polis praised Bormes for the work he has done as a city patrolman.
Mayor Polis also told the council she had called the Dawahare family concerning a water leak under the old Dawahare’s department store building. She said she was told the problem had not existed until the new Fleming-Neon Public Library was built nearby and the family did not consider it to be their problem. Polis said she would contact State Highway Department Superintendent Billy Smallwood, who is a former member of the city council, and discuss the matter with him. She said the water runs onto the state highway and will certainly cause problems when it freezes this winter.
Polis also announced that the Letcher County Tourism Commission will meet at City Hall on September 19 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss an art project it intends to do in the city. Polis said everyone wishing to offer an opinion or suggestion is welcome to come to the meeting and added that the Tourism Commission wants to get input from the citizens of Fleming-Neon.
Councilman Trey Quillen asked about the legality of a junkyard along the road to Hemphill. Mayor Polis said that as far as she knows it is still a state law that junkyards must be separated from the highway by a fence. She said she would contact Judge/Executive Jim Ward’s office to find out which state agency she should contact to get the situation rectified.
The annual Neon Days celebration will be held on Friday and Saturday, September 13 and 14, in Neon and Mayor Polis said a community church service and gospel singing will be held on Wednesday evening at the city stage area to kick off the event. For more information, call City Hall.
This year’s Neon Days celebration will also mark the city’s 100th birthday.