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Neon residents must pay to have big items hauled off during spring cleanup

Fleming-Neon residents who wish to have large items picked up and removed during a weeklong pick-up held by the city will have to pay $15 or $30, depending on the size of the load.

At the April meeting of the Fleming-Neon City Council, Mayor Susie Polis reported that PRIDE no longer has the funds to pay to have large items picked up, and that with increases in landfill tipping fees, the city cannot afford to cover the cost. City Clerk Janice Banks told the council that sanitation workers have recently been picking up some large items at no charge, but Polis said it will no longer be possible for the city to continue the practice.

“The fee doesn’t have to be big,” said Polis. “But money is tight.”

The council discussed what they thought would be a fair price for picking up larger loads, and council member Susie Fleming made a motion that the fee be determined by the size of the load. Councilman Tom Haynes suggested that the fee for smaller loads be set at $15, with larger ones charged at $30. Mayor Polis said that people interested in having loads larger than the regular amount of weekly garbage picked up should call City Clerk Janice Banks at 855-7900 to arrange for pick-up and payment. No date has been set at this time for the pick-up.

In other business, Angela Smith Hall, Community Resources Planner with the Kentucky River Area Development District, asked the council to approve a resolution to allow KRADD to file an application for a $1 million Community Development Block Grant to be used to upgrade the city’s water system. She also asked that the council authorize Mayor Polis to sign all the necessary applications and paperwork. The council approved both requests. Hall said that those water customers who did not take part in the survey for the grant when they paid their water bills will receive a home visit so they can participate in the survey.

Water Department Manager Chris Banks reported that the city had a 50 percent water loss for March, but added that Jack Looney had helped to locate a major leak in the Seco area, which Banks said had accounted for a good deal of the water loss. Since then, he said the water plant and city tanks have been filled several times and are maintaining their levels. Banks also told the council that the Kentucky Rural Water Association will visit soon and help city workers to locate other leaks in the system.

In other water-related business, the council voted unanimously to approve Mayor Polis’s recommendation that Roy Benge of Seco be appointed to fill a vacancy on the Fleming- Neon Water Commission. Polis told the council that she has been approached with an offer to lease the lot that was recently cleaned up by the Letcher County Library Board as the site for a new restaurant. She wants the council to consider the proposal in May.

Councilman James D. Collins also reported that hot dogs and hamburgers will be sold on Friday, April 15, starting at 11 a.m. at the city’s stage site. Proceeds will go to the Neon Days Committee.

He also reminded the council that the PRIDE Clean-Up will be held on Saturday, April 16, beginning at 9 a.m.

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