Mayor Is Resigning, City's Future Uncertain

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

The mayor of one eastern Kentucky city is resigning and the city's days could be numbered.

WYMT's Jeff Allen is taking a closer look at the situation in the Harlan County town of Wallins.

The mayor plans on resigning next week and since no city commissioners ran for re-election, that leaves Wallins without anyone to run the city.

Mayor Kim Ellison says the population of Wallins dwindled after the Army Corp of Engineers began a flood control project, which forced many people to move out of the city.

The county is now providing a lot of services and county leaders say they are not pushing for the city to dissolve, but say they do not have many other options.

"We've always tried to keep the hope alive in some of these cities. It seems like the hope has faded for Wallins," Dan Mosley said.

Wallins was once a bustling coal town.

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