Fleming Neon will celebrate Neon Days once again this year, thanks to a coalition of citizens and the Fleming-Neon City Council.
After taking the year off, the council has found partners who will focus specifically on the celebration and they expect to have the two-day festival in September, complete with fireworks.
Mayor Susie Polis invited a group of four local women to attend the council’s June meeting to discuss the possibility of becoming involved in restoring the celebration. The women, Alberta Slone, former council member Cheryl Furby, Lisa Fields, and Amber Fields, agreed to work on their concept of the festival and to get back with Polis and the council to discuss needs and responsibilities. Slone acted as spokesperson and told the council that she felt they could raise at least $2,500 between now and September for the festival and added that she intends to approach civic groups like the Lions Club, the American Legion, the Masonic Lodge and the Shriners to ask for help in funding the fireworks.
Slone asked Councilman James D. Collins, who was a member of the old Neon Days Committee, about its status and Collins said it had been dissolved and the remaining funds had been distributed among civic organizations, including the Lions Club, the American Legion and the Masonic Lodge.
Slone said she would begin to work on fundraising immediately and mentioned selling hot dogs or plate dinners as a possible starting point. She said she thinks it will be possible to do one fundraiser a month. Sloan said Polis can contact the members of the old committee and see if they are interested in participating. She added that they should do a public service announcement about the festival.
In other business, the council:
• conducted the second reading of the city budget as well as the budgets for the Fleming Neon Water Company and the Sewer Company. The city’s budget is unchanged from the first reading, with projected revenue of $ 256,616.57 against projected expenditures of $256,262.15. The Water and Sewer Budgets were also unchanged, with the Water Budget coming in at $417,460 in revenue against $ 390,376 in expenditures. The Sewer Budget calls for $271,056 against expenditures of $269,045.
• voted unanimously to hire Andrea Meade as City Clerk to replace long time Clerk Janice Banks, who is retiring.