September 16, 2009 Edition

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Hoxie successful with
property cleanup effort

Leslie Ginn
Staff Writer
Pat Sluder, Hoxie code enforcement officer, reported at the Hoxie City Council meeting Sept. 8 on efforts during the month of August regarding the cleanup of property. Of the total of 52 residents who received letters, citations or verbal warnings, only nine or less have yet to complete cleanup.

A special pre-council meeting was held by the Hoxie City Council on Elm Street in Hoxie to review the access situation there. The council members each received a copy of the survey that had been completed during the past month. After reviewing the placement of the flags and roads, it was decided that the access is presently adequate. Upon the sale of Sonny Anglin's property, the situation will again be reviewed.

Concerns were voiced at the regular council meeting regarding the re-zoning of some property in Hoxie. The Hoxie City Council recommended that concerned residents attend a special public hearing, which was to be held last night.

The meeting was to cover concerns regarding re-zoning several city lots, many on Highway 67, from residential to commercial. The Planning and Zoning Committee was to preside over the public hearing and hold a special meeting directly following the hearing. The City Council then planned to hold a special meeting that same evening to pass any ordinances regarding the re-zoning decisions.

The council passed an ordinance approving a non-refundable fee of $25 for the transfer of a water customer from one Hoxie location to another. This fee must be paid prior to the water being turned on in the new location. This water transfer fee went into immediate effect. The ordinance clarifies that the fee will still be charged if any applicant for water services has cancelled water service at any time within 10 days of the transfer. The water transfer fee does not affect the required $75 water meter deposit for water connection in any way.

A two-thirds majority of the council also passed an ordinance restricting the use of engine retarding brakes, often called jake brakes, in city limits to emergency purposes only. If an officer cites an offender then a fine of no more than $100 and assessed $75 court cost will be charged for each offense.

Each use of jake brakes will be considered a separate offense. If residents are concerned about the use of jake brakes in their area then an affidavit may be filed with the court. The city clerk may be contacted for further details on filing an affidavit.

In other business:

  • Joe Hudson requested the council dig a ditch on Maple Street because of standing water that he believes killed a tree. Mayor Donnie Roberts decided to investigate and take necessary action to correct the problem.

  • Dale Johnson complained of a truck and boat blocking an alley that has also caused ruts. The council decided to get the road smoothed and address these concerns with the owner of the truck.

  • The hauling of tree and limb ashes was the last action taking by the city to fulfill the requirements set forth by FEMA as a result of the ice storm last winter. The city is now waiting to receive the final anticipated FEMA check.

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