Officers with the Fleming-Neon Police Department are now equipped with body cameras and Police Chief Mike Dingus said he will be glad to show anyone who is interested how they work. At the September meeting of the Fleming- Neon City Council, Dingus said that as of last week all the city’s police officers are now equipped with body cameras and that they work great. He added that city officers were equipped with the cameras during Neon Days last weekend.
Dingus also asked the council to declare a Dodge Charger police cruiser surplus. He said it needs a new engine and if the council will declare the vehicle surplus and sell it, the returns can be used for a matching grant to purchase a new cruiser. In response to a question from Councilman James D. Collins, Dingus added that another cruiser, a Ford LTD Crown Victoria, will go to the shop for a new transmission. The vote to declare the Charger surplus was unanimous.
Mayor Susie Polis and several council members praised the Neon Days Committee and city workers and volunteers for the successful Neon Days Festival. Polis told the council the success of the event was the result of the hard work of a lot of people and they had all done a wonderful job. Councilman Collins added his praise for the police and sanitation departments, and council member Linda Cantrell said that city workers had done such a good job cleaning up after the festival that on Sunday morning, it was difficult to tell there had been a festival in the city.
Polis also told the council that Water Manager Chris Banks was still working with a repair crew on leak detection, but she reported that the water loss for July was 27 percent and 38 percent for August. Ken Reid of Nesbitt Engineering, who is working with the city to rebuild the water and sewer plants, told the council that state sources in Frankfort are working with Angie Smith-Hall, community resources planner for the Kentucky River Area Development District, to obtain the funding for the work.
Mayor Polis told the council that Whitesburg Attorney Angie Hatton has been hired as City Attorney, to replace former City Attorney James Craft II, who resigned to accept the temporary appointment to fill the Letcher Circuit Court Judge’s seat. Polis also asked the council to reappoint Barbara Holland, Steve Peake, and Michelle Wright to the Ethics Board, and to appoint former council member Cheryl Furby to fill a vacant position. She also said that Letcher County Sheriff ’s Deputy Eugene Slone had called to tell her that there will be a cookout at the Letcher County Homeless Shelter on Tuesday evening.
Councilman Collins told the council that a drain grating near City Hall has a growing hole next to it since the blacktop is being washed away and said that it is marked with barrels to warn motorists and pedestrians. Mayor Polis said she will check it out.