Eastern Kentucky city at risk of being dissolved


BLAINE, Ky. (WYMT) - The future is uncertain for a small Eastern Kentucky city currently involved in two lawsuits, that lost it's volunteer fire department and city hall in a suspected arson fire last month. The City of Blaine is also operating without adequate leadership.

Nestled in southern Lawrence County, the City of Blaine is a 6th-class city....meaning it's population is less than one thousand people. The city is governed by a commission style government. However, since January the city has been operating without any city commissioners.

Lawrence County Judge Executive John Osborne says, "It is in disarray right now, that would be the word you'd use. It is just the mayor because there aren't any board members...I've asked people to join and they've said, 'no I don't want anything to do with it'."

When Mayor Geneva Wheeler took office for a 4-year term in 2010, there were also city commissioners elected for a 2-year term. In 2012, when that term was up, not one Blaine citizen put their name on a ballot.

Attorney Mike Hogan, represents Mayor Wheeler in the lawsuits and says, "It is unfortunate that people don't want to be in politics...but I understand why."

Local officials say The Governor's Office even sent a representative to try and recruit someone to help Mayor Wheeler govern the city.

Hogan says, "There are people in that community that I think would step up if there wasn't all this fighting."

Leaving the future of the small Eastern Kentucky city unknown.

"Blaine City, it has been known that for years, and Blaine is a little town but it is something people are proud of. Now, with all of this disarray going on the League of Cities told me if something doesn't turn around eventually it will probably be dissolved," explains Osborne.

So now many are wondering how much longer the area where Rt. 201 meets Rt. 32 will be called a city.

Mayor Wheeler was not available to comment.


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