July 22, 2009 Edition

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Hoxie hears reuse report

Leslie Ginn
Staff Writer

Dewey Scott presented the annual report of the Reuse Committee to the Hoxie City Council. He outlined that in the last year the committee had one application, which was Save-A-Lot, that began business last Spring. "Save-A-Lot is doing better than expected in both profit margin and hiring of employees," Scott said.

The committee also restructured one loan that is now up-to-date in repayment. The Reuse funds now total $1,052,945, of which $774,978 is in use by local businesses.

"The Reuse Committee is in business, not to make money, but to generate and fund Hoxie businesses," Scott concluded.

The council discussed the consequences of signing an amendment to a requirements contract from the Northeast Arkansas Public Water Authority, which stated that Hoxie would buy 100 percent of their water from NEAPWA.

Mayer Donnie Roberts said, "This is a good deal for us, because Hoxie keeps having problems with the pumps that may become very expensive."

It was determined that the existing pumps would need to be tested periodically regardless of buying water from the NEAPWA. The amendment was passed by the council, but it was decided that Roberts and Bobby Gibson, the city attorney, would research the contract to make sure that the price of the water would be capped so the city can keep other options open, if needed.

Sonny Anglin checked on the status of opening Elm Street. Little progress could be made because Rick Spargo was not in attendance. Roberts said he would to talk with Spargo regarding the particulars and report back at the next meeting.

Roberts informed the council about a 20-house subdivision that David Onstead of Jonesboro would like to build in Hoxie. The Platte records now show 16 lots and the Planning and Zoning Committee will work on increasing this to 20 lots this week. If the plan progresses to completion, the houses will be all one or two bedroom homes.

The council voted to add this statement to the city employee handbook: "When any city employee works for an individual or entity other than Hoxie, they must do so on their own time and use their own tools and drive their own vehicle. Failure to comply may result in termination."

After discussion regarding the hazards of swimming pools, Gibson said, "Owners of pools need to realize that pools are termed an 'attractive nuisance.' If the owner does not prohibit entrance into the pool, then any liability falls to the owner."

A resolution was passed regarding obtaining a 100 percent grant to get water and sewer for the area from Sullens Road to County Road 701. This would make that area better suited to businesses.

The Rotary Club of Lawrence County was to begin pressure washing and painting the Hoxie Park play equipment on July 17 as a service to the community.

Roberts said, "I would like to urge the council to stop by the park on Friday to say thank you. I'd like the Rotary Club to receive a special recognition from us for this service."

In other business:

  • Kara Ashford and Jeannie Feezor requested speed limit and children at play signs to be posted on Annie Street. There are no signs there now. The request was approved.

  • The upcoming minimum wage increase as of July 24 from $6.55 to $7.25 will affect many Hoxie employees and, therefore, change the Hoxie budget. End of year adjustments will need to be made.

  • K and K Construction and Disaster Services of Paragould have completed the cleanup of hangers and hauling them to a burn site. The total bill was $18,324. FEMA money will not be processed until all brush is burned completely.

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