Garbage collection in Fleming Neon for Thanksgiving Day (November 22) will be done on Wednesday, November 21. City foreman Jake Johnson made the announcement at the November meeting of the Fleming-Neon City Council and asked sanitation customers who usually have their garbage picked up on Thursday to put it out on Wednesday next week. Johnson also asked sanitation customers to be sure to be sure to tie their garbage bags or use ties to secure them. He said sometimes bags are in cans upside down and when sanitation workers take them out the contents spill. Johnson said customers have done well with keeping oil out of garbage, but reminded people to not put paint cans with paint in them in garbage because when the garbage is crushed the paint comes out and gets on city streets. He said empty cans are not a problem.
In other business, the council voted unanimously to authorize placing an ad in The Lexington Herald-Leader for engineering services. Mayor Susie Polis re- quested the action and said the engineering services would be for overhauls and upgrades of the city’s water and sewer plants. Polis is working with the Kentucky River Area Development District to seek grant funding to pay for the work.
Polis also said the council will need to appoint a new member to fill the seat vacated by Cheryl Furby, who chose not to seek re-election. All five incumbents who sought re-election regained their seats on the council, Robert Champion, James D. Collins, Tom Haynes, Trey Quillen, and Linda Champion.
Water Department Superintendent Chris Banks reported that water losses were down to 19 percent in October. Banks said city workers found and repaired two leaks and that one was a large one that showed evidence of having leaked for quite a while. Banks said Tim Blanton of Kentucky Rural Water will come to Fleming-Neon for the last two weeks of November to assist city workers in locating leaks.
The council voted unanimously to pass two special resolution. The bridge on Highway 343 across from the Fleming-Neon football field will be named for Master Sergeant Edgar Gibson, who served in the U.S. Army in World War II. It also voted to participate in “The War Against Violence,” an effort that focuses on reducing violence among young people in Kentucky. Polis said the effort is sponsored by Win the War Against Violence Coalition and the goal is to reduce violence by 10 percent a year.
Fleming-Neon Police Chief Mike Dingus reported that Officer Tim Miller has closed a case involving a robbery at the Neon Junction Chevron Station and three people have been charged. Dingus said he had spent a week in an in-service training session in Prestonsburg that was focused on dealing with the tremendous stress police offi cers face in their work.
The council discussed the annual Christmas festivities and decided to have the city workers’ Christmas dinner prepared and served at the Hemphill Community Center. Mayor Polis said the workers had it there last year and it was very successful.
Councilman James D. Collins said the Neon Days Committee would meet later in the week and he would attend to coordinate the Christmas Parade with them.