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Neon OK’s pump buy

The Fleming-Neon City Council has approved the emergency purchase of a pump for the city water plant and discussed improvements for the town’s“kiddy park.” The council also discussed rehabilitating several city sidewalks and installing new rims for the city’s basketball goals.

Mayor Susie Polis presented an invoice from Boggs Municipal Service totaling $18,684.13 for a high pressure service pump to replace one that went down late last year and could not be repaired. At the council’s November 2011 meeting, Water Superintendent Carlos Phillips recommended that the pump and its mate both be replaced because neither could be repaired. Mayor Polis told the council it had authorized the purchase at that time and needed to approve the invoice in order to get it paid.

The council agreed at its February meeting Monday that the purchase was necessary.

In other business, Police Chief Mike Dingus reported that criminal activity is still low in the city and said the department’s new fourwheel drive Chevrolet Tahoe will be ready to go into service soon. Dingus said the vehicle has been delivered and lights and other emergency equipment are being installed. The Tahoe is paid for by a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture. City officials said it would expand the department’s capacity to serve the public in bad weather.

Councilman James D. Collins, who is also a member of the Letcher County Parks and Recreation Commission, asked about the possibility of replacing several worn out benches in the kiddy park and suggested the town purchase molded plastic benches rather than wood or metal. Polis said the council hadn’t made a decision and asked Collins to bring prices for the benches to the next meeting. Collins also recommended buying new garbage cans. Polis said the cans would have to be made from metal since vandals had burned the old wooden ones.

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