May 20, 2009 Edition

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Hoxie receives FEMA checks

Leslie Ginn
Staff Writer

Mayor Donnie Roberts updated the Hoxie City Council on the ice storm damage and cleanup at its May 12 meeting. Hoxie has received two Federal Emergency Management Agency checks totaling approximately $23,700 to help with the damage.

"We haven't received the big FEMA check yet," Roberts said. "We need to remove the dead limbs in trees and the rest of the brush before we meet with FEMA representatives to assess total damage."

Bids for removing the dead limbs still in trees were accepted Friday. Brush removal is happening simultaneously with spring cleanup this week.

Hoxie residents discussed two different road maintenance situations with the council. Robert Clay requested that Paula Street be regraded and topped with small-sized gravel.

"The large size gravel there now tears up and stops my wheelchair," Clay said.

Paula Street is located in the southeast section of Hoxie, off Front Street, and according to Roberts is not designated as a city street. The mayor and council told Clay that the road crew would try to improve the situation, though.

Hoxie resident Sonny Anglin, who had been at a previous meeting, returned to learn the progress made on opening access through Elm Street on the south side of Hoxie. Roberts and Katie Smith, city clerk, reported that the records had been searched, but there were no records discovered citing that the city had previously claimed that section of Elm Street.

Roberts had also talked with Rick Spargo, owner of a business on Elm Street. Spargo requested the city complete a survey to determine proper street boundaries.

Options to resolve the matter included moving the street over and opening up an adjacent alley to allow for access. It was discussed that the city had once maintained the street in the 1940s, but, without documentation, the city has no obligation to do so now.

It was decided that deeds of land owners in that area would be investigated this month. It is hoped that the deeds will determine the boundaries without purchasing a survey.

In other business, Joan Wallis and Leveda Dunn expressed concern that a water pipe was to be laid between their two houses. A surveyor, representing the Northeast Arkansas Public Water Authority, had informed Dunn that this was the plan.

Roberts said that he was unaware of any plan to do so, and he would look into it and report back on the situation to Wallis and Dunn.

Dale Johnson reported to the council that his dog-related fines were lowered by the judge without any request on the part of Johnson.

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