Fire hydrants have been checked out and are in good working order from Hemphill to Neon and repair parts have been ordered for hydrants needing work. Water Department Superintendent Chris Banks told the Fleming-Neon City Council at its April meeting that checking and repairing hydrants is “a slow process, but it’s happening.”
Banks said everything is working well at the water and sewer plants too. Councilman James D. Collins asked Banks about welds on one of the sewer plant’s sand filters, and Banks replied that the weld on the number one filter is holding and the filters are performing up to specification. He said the weld was done several years ago. Collins said he would like to find grant funds to replace the filters, but Banks said the filters are working well for the time being.
Mayor Susie Polis told the council she expects to talk with Ken Taylor of Kenvirons, a Lexington engineering company that works with the city on water and sewer projects, and said when she sees him they plan to discuss the city’s next water and sewer project. Collins asked about the unaccounted water loss of 35 percent, which he said is slightly higher than usual.
In other business, Mayor Polis submitted David Maggard of Fleming as a replacement for Water Commissioner Sina Yonts, who resigned her position. The council voted unanimously to confirm Polis’s nomination and Polis said Commissioner Karen Hall also resigned and they need to get someone for her position as well. Collins said he has someone in mind but wants to make sure the person wants to serve before submitting a nomination.
Councilman Collins also reminded the council that Saturday, April 14, is PRIDE City Clean-up Day. Collins said the clean-up will go from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and asked that volunteers meet at City Hall at 9 a.m. Collins, who represents Fleming-Neon on the Letcher County Parks and Recreation Commission, told the council that a number of citizens have expressed an interest in having a covered shed at the city park and said he thinks a shed 20 feet long by 12 feet wide placed at the end of the walking track would serve the purpose.
City Clerk Janice Banks told the council its annual budget for the coming fiscal year will need to be approved by June 30. Mayor Polis said the council can have a called meeting on May 7 at 6 p.m. to conduct the first reading so the budget can be approved at the regular May 14 meeting.
Police Chief Mike Dingus was unable to attend the meeting so no police report was given.