May 16, 2007 Edition

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Container law discussed
at city council meeting

Darrell Price addresses the Hoxie City Council regarding a container law that he says is not being enforced.
TD Photo ~ Amber Adams
Amber Adams
Staff Writer

A container law that was passed in March of 2006 was discussed at the Hoxie City Council meeting Thursday night.

Darrell Price, a Hoxie resident, addressed the council saying the law is not being enforced. He believes the container placed next to his property is a hazard.

"Why can the City of Hoxie put ordinances in place and not enforce them," Price asked the aldermen.

He said his real question is, "What steps do we have to take to get things done?"

City Attorney Bobby Gibson told the council and Price that the tickets that were written last year to property owners whose containers were in violation of the ordinance will have to be rewritten this year since there is a new code enforcement officer. He also said someone will have to testify in court as to why each property is in violation.

The new code enforcement officer is Bubba Blackwood of the Hoxie Police Department.

"Officer Blackwood is getting up to speed," said Gibson, "and I feel like we'll be moving forward with this soon."

In other business, the council heard from a concerned citizen regarding the flag being left up at night. Mayor Donnie Roberts said the flag will be taken down each afternoon until lighting can be installed.

The council also adopted an ordinance that approves and adopts the constitution of the Northeast Arkansas Rural Water Authority.

Discussion of two properties was tabled.

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