November 18, 2009 Edition

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Hoxie adopts resolution to
expand retirement benefits

Leslie Ginn
Staff Writer

At its November meeting, the Hoxie City Council passed a resolution allowing those who have retirement benefits from Hoxie to continue to participate in the health care plan, if the retiree agrees to pay for costs.

Retirees must be 55 or older and have completed 20 years of service with the city of Hoxie. This resolution will mainly affect police officers and paid fire personnel. Qualified individuals can contact City Hall for other stipulations that also apply.

A personnel policy change regarding nepotism was also adopted by the council. The employee handbook will be changed by Jan. 1 to assert that the city of Hoxie will not hire an employee's family members (i.e. spouse, parent, grandparent, sibling, son or daughter, as well as son-in-law, daughter-in-law or spouse's sibling or parent). There are no city employees that this change affects at the present time.

Alderman Adam Pratt was asked to report back on estimates to tear down condemned homes, three of which the city is considering. The price to demolish and haul away is approximately $4,700 per house. No action was taken.

Alderman Richard Combs reported that people are complaining about the stop signs on Midway Road at the Rails to Trails site. It was discussed that the walking trail is extensively used and that the stop signs are necessary for safety issues.

Signs forewarning drivers of the stop are being considered. Roberts is to discuss the issue with Walnut Ridge Mayor Michelle Rogers since Midway Road is shared between the two cities.

In other business, the council voted to approve employee Christmas bonuses. Full-time employees will receive $100 and part-time employees will receive $25. Employees will also receive Nov. 26 and 27 (Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving) as holidays.

Many upcoming events were also announced. Mayor Donnie Roberts encouraged council members to attend the upcoming holiday events.

Dickens in the Park is to be held Saturday, Dec. 5, from 3-7 p.m. (see related article) with the Christmas parade immediately following at 7 p.m. The parade will line up on Memphis Street, travel down Texas Street and then turn on Highway 67B to cover a distance that is less than two miles.

Those interested in participating in Dickens in the Park can contact Karen Williams at the Flower Basket at 886-6100. Anyone who wants to join in the parade can contact Teresa Lovelady at 886-5582. Questions may also be directed to Hoxie City Hall at 886-2742.

Santa on the Truck is an anticipated event when Santa takes time out of his holiday schedule to visit Hoxie children and residents. He will travel every Hoxie street on the back of a fire truck on Sunday, Dec. 6, starting at 1 p.m.

Part-time and full-time city employees are invited to attend a Christmas meeting and dinner on Friday, Dec. 11. John 3:16 will be catering the event, as they did last year. Employees are asked to bring a dessert to share. Roberts will recap the accomplishments of 2009 in Hoxie.

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