December 17, 2008 Edition

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Hoxie Council hears
sanitation proposals

Leslie Ginn
Staff Writer

The Hoxie City Council approved the purchase of a new tractor. A Case IH JX70 tractor from Lawrence County Tractor, Inc., bid at $26,933.36, was accepted from among several bids.

Dewey Scott presented a report developed by the sanitation committee, which included Scott, Danny Kopp Jr., Harold D. Hayes Jr., Terrell Downing and Sherry Moore. The extensive report presented several options for the council to review in regards to trash pick-up. The agreement with Downum Waste Service Inc. expires on Jan.13.

Byron Neal of Delta Environmental in Wynne attended to express an interest in picking up trash for Hoxie residents.

The sanitation committee also presented other concepts for the council to consider regarding expenses related to trash, including recycling promotion, in-house compaction and charging for the discarding of extensive refuse. It was decided to table a decision until the January council meeting to give time to the council members to review the committee's findings.

Hoxie resident Redda Russell urged the council "to be aggressive in getting the sanitation problem fixed."

A dog ordinance prescribing the regulations regarding the care and keeping of all dogs and vicious dogs within the city of Hoxie was passed. (See related legal in next issue)

A few items regarding the efforts of the Hoxie City Police Department were discussed. John Welsh requested guidance from the council on behalf of the police to help regarding individuals who are consistently calling the police with frivolous complaints. William Robinett requested help with cars speeding after school in his area. Police Chief Glen Smith promised increased patrolling. Lou Robinett commended the police in effectively patrolling the city.

Mayor Donnie Roberts said, "The police try to drive by businesses at least once every hour."

Marty Harris was recognized for his service to the city. This was his last meeting as a council member in representing Ward 2.

Other business conducted:

  • It was announced that a public meeting regarding the Hoxie Fire Department was scheduled for the first Tuesday in January.

  • Hoxie residents were encouraged to be aware that it is time to begin welcoming home the troops.

  • Dale Johnson expressed concerns regarding a situation involving his dogs in September.

  • It was announced that the Hoxie City employee Christmas dinner was to be held last Friday at 6:30 p.m. and a Christmas sandwich potluck for all Hoxie residents was to be held on December 16 at noon.

  • Lou Robinett encouraged the council to consider purchasing new Christmas decorations for Hoxie.

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