Whitesburg KY

Neon’s water rates going up

Fleming-Neon Water District customers will see their rates go up in 2013. The Fleming-Neon City Council conducted the second reading of an ordinance that raises rates by 10 percent across the board. Residential customers will see rates rise from $12.25 for the first 2,000 gallons to $13.48 and business customers will see rates go up from $14.25 to $15.68. Water use past the first 2,000 gallons will also be raised by 10 percent. The council voted unanimously to approve the rate hike.

The council also welcomed newly appointed member Everett Duncan at its January meeting. Duncan, of Fleming, was appointed to fill the seat vacated when longtime member Cheryl Furby chose not to run for re-election in November and no one stepped up to run for the seat.

Paul Nesbitt of Nesbitt Engineering, attended the meeting and told the council that engineers from Nesbitt Engineering have begun put information together on the city’s water and sewer plants and are looking into the overall operation with Superintendent Chris Banks. He added that they have already started submitting Project Protocols to various state agencies. Nesbitt said this plays a big role in obtaining state funds for water and sewer projects. Nesbitt Engineering was engaged to work with the city on refurbishing the city’s water and sewer plants in December after bid packages from several engineering companies were evaluated at KRADD offices.

Chris Banks told the council the water loss rate for December was 30 percent, and added that Tim Blanton of Kentucky Rural Water has not been able to get to Fleming-Neon to work with the water department on detecting leaks yet but will be there as soon as possible. Mayor Susie Polis said she has heard complaints about buildup from water and Banks said the filters are to be cleaned and he is working with a vendor for new sand for the sand filters, but first they will have to determine which grade of sand will work best in the city water filters.

Police Chief Mike Dingus told the council that he is very pleased with new city Police Officer Thomas A. Bormes. Bormes is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and recently served as chief of police at Jenkins. Dingus was enthusiastic about his performance.

“He’s doing great,” said Dingus. “We’re lucky to have him.”

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