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Neon police chief says he’ll look into report of gunfire

Police Chief Mike Dingus told the Fleming-Neon City Council at its February meeting that he will address a complaint concerning gunfire in city limits that came in this past weekend.

Dingus said he would deal with that issue and also address complaints about dogs running loose. The gunfire was not directed at another person and no one was injured in the incident.

In other business, Fleming-Neon Water Department Foreman Chris Banks said that workers continue to battle to keep city water lines from freezing in the bitterly cold weather. Banks said that at present, water is flowing, but added that as long as temperatures stay so low it is a never-ending struggle to make sure everyone has water to their homes.

Councilman James D. Collins, who represents Fleming-Neon on the Letcher County Parks and Recreation Commission, told the council that this year’s P&R allocation for the city is slightly down at $1,500.

City Foreman Jake Johnson told Collins the children’s “teeter-totter” at the City Park needs to be repaired and will require welding. He added that two wooden benches need to be replaced, and that he hopes to continue replacing wooden benches with ones made of metal.

Johnson also said the park needs new wood mulch. Collins said he believes the county has received several loads of wood mulch and has applied for a grant to provide rubber mulch for county parks.

Mayor Susie Polis reported to the council that a sculpture that is part of the Letcher County Tourism Commission’s Public Art Project will be installed in the flagpole square in the city park area when it is complete.

The council also discussed ongoing issues with the old Dawhare’s Store building, which is in bad shape and continues to deteriorate.

Mayor Polis told the council that a representative of Dawahare’s came by her office recently and told her the Dawahare family is aware of the situation. Polis said she told him there are problems with ivy growing down the back of the building and the ongoing deterioration of the interior. She said she made sure he had access to the structure so he could examine it in detail and report back to members of his family.

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