Reporting a recent fire in the city, Lynch Fire Chief Bill Goode reported his department recently responded to a house fire on Church Street belonging to Melvin Hardy and occupied by Terry Stewart. Goode said Stewart was in the process of moving but the electricity had not been disconnected. He said the home was a total loss. Goode added there were four houses damaged in the fire.
Hoping to add to the cleanup efforts in the city, councilman Bennie Massey told council members an old dilapidated house on Church Street is falling in so badly it may fall into the roadway and cause problems for motorists. Mayor Johnny Adams said someone is looking into purchasing this property and tearing the home down.
Adams reported repairs have been made to two city maintenance vehicles. He said another vehicle needs a starter and two tires. He added there are some areas in the city that need attention from creek erosion and he hopes to get some assistance from the county on this issue.
Council member Winston Yeary said some bushes in ditch lines are causing water to overflow in the city and need maintenance done as soon as possible. Adams added trees that have fallen into Looney Creek need to be removed also.
“Hopefully, because Harlan County has been included in President (Barack) Obama’s ‘Promise Zones’ we can get more grants to help our cleanup efforts and other areas of our struggling city,” said Adams.
Nola Sizemore may be reached at 606-573-4510, ext. 115 or at Twitter @nola_hde