June 17, 2009 Edition

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Hoxie Council discusses
issues regarding two roads

Leslie Ginn
Staff Writer

At the Hoxie City Council meeting on June 9, council members discussed possible changes regarding two roads in Hoxie.

Ronald "Hoss" Jones requested the city council take action to change the one-way restriction on Gibson Street to allow two-way traffic during the summer. After discussion, the council decided to investigate who requested that the street be a one-way initially.

Research proved that the Hoxie School was responsible for restricting Gibson as a one-way and, therefore, is now held accountable for any change regarding the restriction. According to the Hoxie superintendent's office, the school is considering restricting Gibson Street to a one-way during the specific school hours that reflect the time that the students need this extra safety measure (i.e. during the heaviest drop-off and pick-up traffic). This restriction will occur during the school year only.

Robert Clay returned to ask that Hoxie assume responsibility for upkeep on Paula Street. There has not been an ordinance or record found that showed that Hoxie has previously taken on that responsibility. After Clay's request during the May's council meeting, the city did spread smaller gravel on Paula Street during the middle of May.

According to City Attorney Bobby Gibson, "The landowners build the street, then it can be dedicated to the city for the city to maintain if they choose."

The council asked that the records continue to be reviewed in an attempt to discover past assumption of Paula Street.

In other business:

  • it was reported that the brush cleanup has been completed by the city. The effort now is to remove hanging tree limbs. K and K Construction and Disaster Service, Inc., out of Paragould has received the contract to remove the limbs.

  • the mayor reported that the spring cleanup was completed on June 8. The focus of the cleanup will now be mowing the sides of the roads.

  • Alderman Richard Combs requested information on the progress of the newly-opened Save-A-Lot store. It was explained that the grocery store is exceeding expectations for tax-base contributions.

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