July 21, 2010 EditionAlso in this issue...
Hoxie discusses streets, ISO ratingLeslie Ginn
Four city council meetings from July 1 to 15 centered on improving the streets and ISO rating in Hoxie.
Mayor Donnie Roberts reported that he is receiving several phone calls a day from residents regarding the need to improve Hoxie streets.
Terrell Downing met with the council on July 1 to give advice on the condition of the budget. Downing reported that there is about $71,000 more in the street budget now than at the same time last year. The council decided to use $60,000 more, in addition to the initial $60,000 already planned, to improve the condition of the streets in Hoxie most in need of repair as later prioritized in a meeting held on July 6.
More discussion was centered on street improvement during the regular council meeting on July 13. Beverly Moore requested asphalt be put on Burke Street. The council agreed and on July 15 added Burke to the list, with four other streets, to be improved this year. The city of Hoxie has improved a total of 21 streets this year.
"We have spent over $200,000 this year on street improvement alone. This is more than has been spent in several years," said Roberts.
"Depending on revenue, we plan to spend that much next year as well. Our focus over the next four years will be streets, water and sewer line upgrading."
Wayne Menley, of Miller-Newell Engineers, Inc., was invited to speak at a special meeting on July 12 regarding the pump size and water flow, as well as available grants to help improve the ISO rating. Dewey Scott also spoke at this meeting regarding the basic changes Hoxie faces to improve water pressure needed to reduce the ISO rating to a 3.
Menley said he believes Hoxie will need two pumps, at an estimated cost of $8,000 each, and one large fire pump, at an estimated cost of $20,000.
Since the issue regards fire protection only, he is not aware of many grants. Menley suggested investigating grant possibilities with the USDA. Menley proposed that he conduct an in-depth analysis on the situation found in Hoxie before he gives specific details regarding pump and waterline needs.
"This is not an easy task," Menley said. "It may take two to three months to complete an analysis, depending on the information I am provided."
Also discussed in the July 13 council meeting: