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Neon council addresses this weekend’s festival

Police Chief Mike Dingus warned motorists to be on the lookout for pedestrians and especially for children this coming Friday and Saturday, as the annual Neon Days Celebration takes place.

Councilman James D. Collins, who is also a member of the Neon Days Committee, said the parade will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday and floats will probably start lining up at 10 a.m. Dingus said at that time, Main Street will be closed until the parade is complete, and traffic will be routed to the back street. Vendors will provide food, and entertainment has been scheduled.

At Monday’s meeting of the Fleming-Neon City Council, Mayor Susie Polis announced that traffic will soon be rerouted for bridge work at the bridge into Whitaker, and at Neon Junction near the Dollar Store. She said the city will need to authorize an engineer to represent it during the construction because water and sewer lines will also be moved. The council voted unanimously to choose Matt Skeen of Nesbitt Engineering to serve as the authorized representative in all matters related to the bridge work. She said the time of the traffic disruption will be announced.

Water Manager Chris Banks announced a water loss of 36 percent for August and said city workers are still looking for leaks. However, he said he is starting to wonder if repairing the leaks is only causing a large leak somewhere else in the system to get even larger. City lines will be replaced in Phase II of the city’s Water Rehabilitation Project. Banks added that Kentucky Rural Water will be in town soon to help city workers locate leaks and repair them. He said that some citizens have stepped up to report possible leaks as well.

Mayor Polis said an agitator that costs $9,200 to replace has failed in the sewer treatment plant. She said the agitator has to be replaced or the city will be in noncompliance with Kentucky Wastewater laws, and the fines will be a good deal more than the cost of the agitator. The council voted unanimously to authorize purchasing the necessary parts to make the repairs.

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