May 19, 2010 Edition

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Hoxie to accept bids on paving

Leslie Ginn
Staff Writer

Hoxie Mayor Donnie Roberts reported at the City Council meeting on May 11 that bids are being accepted for asphalt work in the town.

Bids are being taken on price per ton of an overlay of 4.75 mil asphalt in state-approved standards in an effort to improve the streets of Hoxie. The plan is to begin with the streets in the poorest shape first and fix as many as the budget of $60,000 will allow.

Roberts said when prioritizing streets, attention has been given to usage and damage, as well as evenly dividing the work between the wards. Bids have been advertized in The Jonesboro Sun in an effort to get as many competitive bids as possible.

The council also discussed what to do with the approximately 30 condemned homes in the city limits. State Land Commissioner Mark Wilcox alerted Roberts that one or more of the condemned homes will soon be available for purchase and may be bought by the city for the cost of back taxes. Roberts also stated that it costs $3,000 to $5,000 to tear down these homes.

"Many times it costs more to clean it up than the lot is worth," Roberts said.

Ideas discussed revolved around the concept of deeding the land to someone after they clean it up for use as a primary home, as well as making use of programs such as Habitat for Humanity and Rural Development. It was decided that these ideas will be further explored by council members Karen Williams and Tim Taylor.

In other business:

  • resident Larry Couch requested a concrete liner be poured in a ditch that runs from the city shop to Highway 67. Concern was expressed for having standing water so close to a well. There is 35,000 gallons of water back-flushed through this ditch daily, more during the summer. Council Member Sherry Moore plans to seek grants in June to help with the cost to concrete the ditch.

  • it was reported that the sewer pond repair was completed in April. Roberts said, "I am pleased with the results. I feel the workmanship was excellent."

  • Ron and Betty Thomas introduced themselves as new Hoxie residents and offered their assistance to the city council. They also praised the help of Pat Sluder, the city code enforcement officer.

  • Council Member Richard Combs commended the city water and sewer employees for their polite professionalism in a recent exchange.

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