The road to building a safer Lynch was discussed by Police Chief James Fox at a recent meeting of the Lynch City Council.
“Right now we have five narcotic investigations going on,” said Fox. “We recovered 15 one-step shake and bake meth labs in the last four weeks. It’s a very serious problem. We have a lot of people around here who think they are chemists.”
Fox showed council members a Ziploc baggie, recovered during the department’s investigations, filled with 15 hypodermic needles, two pop cans, five syringes and five spoons.
“Five of the syringes we found were already loaded (and) ready to go,” said Fox. “Like I said we’ve got investigations on going and we’ve already had eight evictions from Cumberland Manor and four more pending in the next week or so. So, we are weeding the problem out slowly but it is happening and we’re making a lot of headway with it. Once we get these type of people out of Lynch we can slow the problem way down.”
Resident Barbara Tiabian commented she found the “beginning of a shake and bake meth lab” in her yard and added “these are fearful times.”
All council members commended Fox on the “excellent” work he is doing as police chief.
Fire Chief Bill Goode reported his department recently received a “smoke coming from a house” call early one morning.
“It was a woman burning garbage in a trash can behind her home,” said Goode. “We pulled the hose but didn’t use them because the resident wanted to extinguish the fire themselves. The cost to the city was about $120 just to check this out. I’m a firm believer you need to send someone out to check these calls out. I’d rather go and not do anything than not go and lose two or three houses.”
During the presentation of a financial report, City Clerk Erica Eldridge reported the city’s delinquent bills are being reduced.
“It’s going to be real tight for the next month or month and a half. We’ve got to pay our workman’s compensation and liability, plus we have Kentucky Utilities and our regular payroll, but thank God we’ve had the money to pay these things,” Eldridge said.
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