August 25, 2010 EditionAlso in this issue...
Roberts to seek re-election
"I am married to the former Joyce Moore of Hoxie. We have two daughters, Amy Roberts Fitzgerald and Dr. Amanda Roberts Crum. Amy is married to Chuck Fitzgerald. The couple serve as pastors of New Life Cathedral Church. Amanda is married to Dr. Parker Crum. The couple reside in Searcy. We have four grandchildren: Katelyn and Chelsea Fitzgerald, who attend Hoxie School, and Olivia and Paxton Crum of Searcy.
"I began my career working locally in area supermarkets. I owned and operated Don's Quality Meats and Food Service in Hoxie for 16 years.
"During my first term as mayor, economic development was a focus. I worked tirelessly in an effort to entice new businesses to the area. I have worked closely with area businesses to help maintain and expand already established businesses and in turn, have helped increase the number of jobs for the people of Hoxie. The Job Stimulus Re-Use program has been very successful with over $700,000 loaned to area businesses to create new jobs. An additional $238,000 in grant monies was received for water and sewer line development. Grants also were secured for a new police car, an additional fire truck and equipment. As a result of Hoxie's recent economic development, sales tax in 2009 was up 22 percent. In the first quarter of 2010, city sales tax was up an additional 10 percent in revenue.
"I, along with the city, have strived to increase communication with local and state government leaders including the area Chamber of Commerce. I am a member of the Resolution Committee with the Arkansas Municipal League. The city also works closely with Hoxie Public Schools and has been involved in community events such as Back to School Block Party, Dickens in the Park and the annual Christmas parade.
"During my term, the city's ISO rating has been lowered from 7 to 6, which lowers insurance premiums for property owners. The city has also worked with landowners on Hwy. 63 to annex 46 acres into the Hoxie city limits. Also, Hoxie has achieved the ACE (Arkansas Community of Excellence) designation. A new website was designed for the city of Hoxie, eight acres were donated by the Sloan Family for a new park, and over $165,000 has been spent on paving city streets in 2010.
"I plan to continue working toward economic development in the city. Upcoming plans include working with the Northeast Arkansas Regional Intermodal Facilities Authority to entice new industry. I will also work with new housing development in the Brewer Subdivision.
"Over the past four years, I have worked to improve city services, infrastructure and economic stimulus. My goal is to continue working with the citizens of Hoxie for a better Hoxie."