August 20, 2008 Edition

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Hoxie council hears
complaint about dogs

Leslie Ginn
Staff Writer

Several topics affecting Hoxie residents were discussed at the Hoxie City Council meeting last Tuesday.

Gary Morris spoke about the problem of vicious dogs in his neighborhood on Southeast Third Street that are not being controlled by owners properly. Delbert Robins also voiced concerns regarding these particular dogs.

After discussion by the council, it was decided that the vicious dog ordinance now in effect is inadequate. Hoxie resident John Holt suggested a review of ordinances used in surrounding cities as preparation to revise Hoxie's dog ordinance.

A committee comprising council members Jim Kirksey and Marty Harris, as well as Holt, was formed to review and provide the council with a suggested revision that would adequately meet the needs of Hoxie.

Also at the meeting, Police Chief Glen Smith reported on the new police car that was purchased last month by the Hoxie Police Department.

"No funds from the City of Hoxie were used in the purchase of this vehicle," Smith said. "The money all came from the drug fund."

Smith further explained that the car cost about $21,000. The police equipment in the car was purchased with a grant of $4,700 from the Criminal Justice Fund in Little Rock. JFR Graphics of Walnut Ridge donated some labor in putting on the decals, and RBS Excavating and Pratt Auto Salvage & Sales, both of Hoxie, donated the balance of the cost of the decals.

The council also approved the appointment of John Allen to replace William Staudt on the board for the Northeast Arkansas Public Water Authority. The board oversees the building of a water treatment plant that will use water from the Spring River and has an estimated completion date in 2010. Land has already been purchased on the Randolph County side, but not yet on the Lawrence County side of the Spring River.

"We are looking to the future to insure an adequate water supply for the residents of Walnut Ridge, Hoxie, Alicia and a portion of the Lawrence County Regional Water District," said A.J. Henry, president of the Northeast Arkansas Public Water Authority. "The water treatment plant will have the capacity to provide treated water for all of Lawrence County, plus Paragould and parts of Jonesboro," Henry added.

In other business:

  • funding approval for Hoxie's 2008 summer baseball program was tabled until September. The council was asked to approve $4,292, which comprises half of the total cost. The council members wanted more details regarding participation in the program. A request will be made to Hoxie Superintendent Dennis Truxler for the needed information.

  • Randy Gilbert had made a request to erect two billboards in the City of Hoxie, but neither location qualified.

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