September 23, 2009 Edition

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Hoxie votes to rezone property

Leslie Ginn
Staff Writer

About a dozen people attended a special public hearing in Hoxie on Sept. 15 to discuss concerns regarding re-zoning some city lots from residential to commercial.

Stanley Schmidt, chairman of the Planning and Zoning Committee, conducted the meeting. All who spoke during the hearing were in favor of re-zoning the lots that are owned by Delbert Robins and Brown's Tax Service.

During a special Hoxie City Council meeting that followed the hearing, Ed Romine voiced objections. Romine, whose house is located adjacent to part of the property affected by the rezoning said he believes that property that is zoned commercial has a tendency not to be well maintained.

"Just look at all the storage trailers around town that are on commercial lots," he said. "That's what it'll be like on these lots in 10 years if zoned commercial."

Alderman Richard Combs said, "I support the rezoning because I heard over and over while I was campaigning that residents wanted more businesses in Hoxie. We have to zone commercial to get more businesses."

Two ordinances were passed by the Hoxie City Council that allow a total of eight large and three small lots, most located on Highway 67, to be re-zoned commercial. Kenneth Quarry voted against both ordinances.

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