January 20, 2010 Edition

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Streets discussed at Hoxie

Leslie Ginn
Staff Writer

The condition of some of the streets in Hoxie was among items addressed at the City Council meeting on Jan. 12.

Resident Robert Clay asked that Paula Street be graded to allow better access for wheelchair use. Although the street has never been dedicated to the city, the council agreed to grade it in light of recent water damage.

A list of 16 streets that were under water, but never closed, during the recent heavy rains was given to the new Street and Sanitation Committee. This committee consists of Richard Combs, Tim Taylor and Roberts. The committee members will pursue fixing these streets so that flooding is better controlled.

In addition, an unsafe railroad spur that crosses Jackson Street near Highway 67B was discussed. Resident Darrell Pickney expressed gratitude to the city for "getting the railroad track over on Jackson fixed."

"We appreciated the letter you (Pickney) wrote that helped us address the dangerous conditions of the two railroad spurs in question," Mayor Donnie Roberts replied. "It really helps when residents get involved."

The other city committees for 2010 are the Police and Fire Committee consisting of Adam Pratt, Karen Williams and Roberts; and the Water and Sewer Committee with Kenneth Quarry, Sherry Moore and Roberts.

In other business:

  • it was reported that city employees are working on replacing street lights that are out.

  • Council member Moore asked for input as to what equipment would be best appreciated by the residents of Hoxie in the park at the end of Lincoln. There is just over seven acres in the park under consideration. Hoxie is applying for a grant to help with the cost of park construction. The intended theme is railroads.

  • the question was asked if the city is being consistent in picking up stray dogs and ticketing the owners. Roberts replied that to his knowledge, the law is being enforced fairly in an effort to remove dangerous dogs from hurting or frightening residents.

  • it was announced that bids will be accepted for two weeks on putting in water and sanitation pipes along the highways.

  • Alderman Combs publically commended First Baptist Church, the United Methodist Church and other organizations for the soup kitchen and other activities these organizations are doing to help those less fortunate.

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