February 18, 2009 Edition

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Garbage pickup decision
made by Hoxie aldermen

Leslie L. Ginn
Staff Writer

Ordinances were adopted at the Hoxie City Council's meeting on Feb. 10 to ensure Hoxie residents garbage pickup twice each week.

It was decided that the city sanitation department will transport the garbage to the Paragould landfill after giving a one month courtesy notice to Downums Waste, where the city has been dumping their trucks.

It was also decided that rates would be discussed after a trial month.

Police Chief Glen Smith recognized several individuals who volunteered to help meet residents' needs during the ice storm.

"Everyone receiving an appreciation award put in not just hours, but days of their time to help," said Mayor Donnie Roberts.

Those recognized were: residents, Cora Steele, Tommy Dulaney, Virgile McEntire, Joyce Roberts, Brenda Isreal, Dennis Coggins and Donnie Roberts; officers, Will Isreal, Bubba Joseph Blackwood, Tommy Allen, Eric Cheatham, Pat Sluder, and Glen Smith; and dispatchers, Blair Golden, Ann Jones, Linda Tyson, Krystle McClung, Tanner Middlecoff, Jordan Cooksey and Corey Fitzgerald. John 3:16 ministries was also recognized for its contribution.

Resident Tommy Dulaney said, "I believe our community should be very thankful for the chief of police we have. He was out there running a chainsaw shoulder to shoulder with everyone else."

Roberts explained that FEMA will pay all but 12 and a half percent of contracted labor for gathering and disposing of brush. This course of action would return the efforts of the street department to meeting the city's needs. It was approved that the mayor would call for bids for three days and hire a contractor to begin brush removal.

In other business:

  • the bids of Bobby Gibson of Barrett & Deacon, P.A. and Ryan Cooper were accepted for Hoxie civic and criminal attorneys, respectfully. The civic attorney was hired at an hourly rate of $115 per hour, and the criminal attorney is paid a yearly contract of $7,000 per year. The term of office expires on Dec. 31, 2010.

  • the mayor was given the authority to make decisions regarding purchases with the limitation of $7,500. If needs exceed this amount then competitive bidding will be taken. Previously the limit was $2,000 set in 1981. The change has been necessary to purchase more expensive parts for equipment without having to call a council meeting.

  • it was decided that the Hoxie Fire Department would make payments to the city of Hoxie totaling $50,000 over the course of 10 years from ACT 833 funds for the purchase of a fire truck.

  • water department employee James Houston discussed complications regarding the use of comp time in the city water department. A meeting of the water/sewer committee was set for Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. to discuss the matter further.

  • it was decided to purchase and install disconnect valves on 13 sewer pump locations to aid in case of emergencies, such as the recent ice storm. The valves will be purchased over a period of time. The need to purchase emergency generators is also being considered.

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