March 18, 2009 Edition

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Hoxie continues
ice storm cleanup

Leslie Ginn
Staff Writer

A variety of topics affecting Hoxie residents were discussed by the Hoxie City Council on March 10.

The city is taking a two-phase approach in an effort to clean up the brush left from the recent ice storms. The first phase of the brush removed is happening now. Residents who need to have more brush removed can continue to pile it by the road and the city will return in 30 days to pick up whatever is left. There was some concern over a letter that was sent out to explain this process that might have been confusing. Mayor Donnie Roberts said that another letter will be sent out to clarify the brush cleanup plan.

Roberts informed the council about two adjacent lots in the northeast part of Hoxie that have been donated to the city by Larry Sloan. Roberts is interested in turning this into another city park. Inquiries will be made into grants available to develop parks.

A concern over the number of cats, especially on Carolina Street, was discussed. A young boy, who is taking medicine because of his allergies to cats, has been greatly affected. The council was asked to submit strategies that could be put into effect to help the stray cat situation in both the short and long term. Residents are invited to help in this effort.

The evaluation of garbage collection costs began on March 1 and will continue until the end of the month. Conclusions will be considered during the April council meeting and will result in making adjustments to the water bill, if necessary.

Another question about the pick up of large items, such as couches and chairs, was discussed. Previously a large dumpster had been provided by Downums Waste Services, Inc. at the cost of $410 each month for such items. Since the city is taking the garbage directly to the landfill, that dumpster will no longer be available. It was decided to urge residents to use the spring and fall cleanup weeks when the city will pick up large items.

It was also announced that the police department is accepting sealed bids on a Ford Crown Victoria used as a police car that was totaled and salvaged. Bids will be accepted until April 1 at the Hoxie Police Station.

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