October 21, 2009 Edition

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Kirksey resigns from
Hoxie City Council

Leslie Ginn
Staff Writer

Alderman Jim Kirksey resigned at the regular Hoxie City Council meeting on Oct. 13, because he has recently moved out of the ward in which he served. Kirksey was on his second term and has served approximately three years.

Mayor Donnie Roberts officially accepted Kirksey's resignation, then declared a vacancy for ward I, position II. According to Mark Hayes, the municipal league advisor, there are two options possible to pursue in situations such as these. They are to either hold a special election or to appoint someone to fill the vacancy.

After discussing options, the council voted to appoint Tim Taylor to the position. The vote passed by the required two-thirds majority. Tim Taylor, a Hoxie High School graduate and lifetime resident, has also been the director of the local Chamber of Commerce.

Two resolutions were also passed at the meeting. The first adopted a natural hazard mitigation plan for Hoxie as required under the Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000.

The second resolution authorizes Roberts as mayor to apply for a grant under the GIF Funded Community Enhancement Grant for the Hoxie Police Department with the intent to use the funds to buy a new police car.

In other business:

  • Roberts announced plans to dig a ditch on Detroit Street that will handle the heavy rain overflow in the northwest section of Hoxie.

  • Roberts also informed the council that according to U.S. Rep. Marion Berry's office, the Hoxie Post Office is not on the list of intended closings.

  • Alderman Richard Combs recounted several complaints regarding the new stop signs on Midway Road. Roberts related that the stop signs are a response to a dangerous safety issue for the people using the trail recently converted from the railroad track.

  • Brad Smithee, son-in-law of William and Bonita Staudt, was in attendance to discuss a concern regarding a ditch that is between the Staudts' land and neighbor Joe Hudson. Roberts reported that the ditch has been inspected and does not appear to present an obvious problem at this time.

  • it was reported that Hoxie has received all FEMA money. The 12.5 percent expected from the state is still pending.

  • Sonny Anglin clarified his position regarding Elm Street. He said that he desired the street to be cleared, not opened. Roberts said he would have the police investigate the situation and have any blockage removed.