October 17, 2007 EditionAlso in this issue...
Hoxie to hire full-time
code enforcement officer
Hoxie aldermen voted to hire a full-time code enforcement officer during the regular meeting on Oct. 9. Mayor Donnie Roberts and Hoxie Fire Chief Will Tate spoke to the council regarding the city's need for a full-time position as opposed to part time.
"If we're going to get it cleaned up, this is the first step," said Alderman Jim Kirksey. Duties will consist of enforcing the city's ordinances, including cleanup regulations and the use of portable containers. The code enforcement officer will also be responsible for building inspections including zoning, construction and materials.
Aldermen Adam Pratt and Kenny Franks, who head the police and fire committee, will have a job description and salary ready for the council to review at the next meeting.
The City of Hoxie fall cleanup will continue longer than expected Mayor Roberts told City Council members during the meeting. The cleanup began last week and was originally scheduled to run through Oct. 19.
Pickup began on the northwest side of Midway Road and will work southwest to the bypass, then cross over to the southeast side and work northwest to the Brewer addition.
Items placed for pickup should be separated into four categories: metal, including appliances; brush, including limbs no longer than five feet; wood, such as boards and other scrap lumber; and junk items.
All items must be placed by the street and ready for pickup. No return trips will be made.
Items that cannot be picked up include tires, batteries, paint cans and chemical cans.
In other business:
- Roberts requested each council member list five places in the city he/she would like to see cleaned up. He said he will present the lists to the code enforcement officer.
- Alderman Sherry Moore informed the council of a free electronic waste disposal program.
- Roberts discussed recent problems with water lines in the city saying that several will have to be replaced over the next few years.
- Tate notified the council that a controlled burn had gotten out of hand due to a change in wind direction and melted a section of siding on a nearby home. Since HFD was responsible for the fire, the city will pay for the repairs.
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