City Officials Telling Church Organization To Clean Up

By: Peter O'Connor Email
By: Peter O'Connor Email

A Southeastern Kentucky church organization is facing a five hundred dollar a day fine if someone doesn't cleanup their yard.

It's happening in Neon in Letcher County where city officials are calling the organization's yard a mess and an eyesore.

Fleming-Neon officials say the folks at East Letcher Ministries need to clean up their property, soon. At that same property, volunteers provide food and help for the needy.

"When people get upset with me and all that, I have a basic philosophy I've said it many times and I mean every word of it. I'm not going to do anything about it. I'll go home and just going to tell the Lord on them," said Winston McCarty with the East Letcher Ministries.

Many people are upset with the ministry off Highway 317. City officials say they've heard many complaints that the property is dirty and gives off a foul odor. They say Winston's property has been an eyesore for quite some time and they say its time to clean up. That is what officials at the ministry are doing after city officials say the Letcher County Litter Control gave a warning to the ministry Tuesday.

A volunteer clean up crew came from Island Baptist Church and they've already done a lot.

"Today, we've clean up some of the parking lot and we've helped fill in holes and picked up a bunch of garbage," said Volunteer Kelsie Cline.

The ministry could face fines up to five hundred dollars if the city decides the properties clean-up isn't good enough.

City officials say the property has a rat problem, but East Letcher Ministry officials say that is not true.

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