August 19, 2009 Edition

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Hoxie Council discusses
intermodal project,
rezoning, new subdivision

Leslie Ginn
Staff Writer

Milton Smith briefly described recent progress made by the NEA Intermodal Authority board of directors to Hoxie City Council members at their Aug. 11 meeting.

The authority has chosen Crafton Tull and Sparks, based out of Rogers, as the consulting and engineering firm.

"We expect to have a signed agreement by the end of the month," Smith said, "and hopefully by the end of the year we will have a workable plan that will direct our efforts."

Mayor Donnie Roberts then discussed the effects the Intermodal Authority would have on Hoxie. "We have chosen several locations that would be suitable to develop for businesses in the community," he said.

In unrelated business, Redda Russell, on behalf of the planning and zoning committee, suggested the council rezone several city lots as commercial.

There are a total of eight large and three small lots, all located on Highway 67, that the council voted to rezone as commercial. This action must be approved through an ordinance and will be completed at the September council meeting.

Russell also discussed the Brewer subdivision proposed by David Onstead. It was recommended by the planning and zoning committee to develop the 12 lots into a total of 18 with some stipulations, including no streets or alleys can be closed on account of water and sewer needs.

In addition, Onstead must sign a one-year maintenance bond agreement before the city assumes street responsibility. Onstead plans to keep four houses under development at all times. Initially the houses will be for sale, but depending on circumstances, the newly-built houses may become rental property.

It was noted that careful consideration will be made regarding the utility right of way to avoid possible problems in the future.

Robert Clay also spoke to the council requesting improvements for Paula Street. The road is now in good repair and working well for wheelchair use as long as four-wheeler use does not tear up the surface.

"Kids on four-wheelers have been careful once the situation has been explained to them," Clay said, "but Paula Street does desperately need to be mowed on account of snakes getting bad."

Clay also described how travel on Paula Street is causing the road to shift and encroach on his yard. Roberts said that he would investigate the cost of a survey, and Clay said he would consider helping pay part of the cost for a survey to correct this problem.

John Jenkins informed the council of the purchase of a 1993 International fire truck with a total of 14,268 miles for the volunteer fire department. The truck will be purchased and fully outfitted by a combination of $92,600 from insurance and $50,000 in Rural Development grant money. The truck is expected to be delivered on Thursday.

In other business:

  • Roberts announced that Emmet Smith has agreed to survey the road shared by Rick Spargo and Sonny Anglin in an attempt to make Elm Street more accessible.

  • it was reported that a total of $13,000 needs to be spent to overhaul two sanitation trucks.

  • Kenny Jones has joined the water/sewer department as a new city employee.

  • several stop signs were approved for the Hoxie side of Midway Road especially near the rails to trails area and Randolph Street to slow down speeders.

  • the use of jake brakes in the city limits was discussed. It was decided that a council member would discuss the problem with local truck company owners.

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