November 17, 2010 Edition

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Hoxie to give bonuses

Leslie Ginn
Staff Writer

A Christmas bonus was approved for all Hoxie city employees at the Nov. 9 council meeting. Full-time employees will receive $100, and part-time employees will receive $25. Bonus checks will be issued at the employee Christmas party on Dec. 10.

Citizens also shared concerns with the Hoxie City Council at the meeting, and upcoming events were discussed.

Larry Couch addressed the issue of having stagnant water in his yard and in Turkey Creek behind his house. He said the water comes from the city flushing the pipes. Couch wanted to find out what grants could be obtained to help cement the creek bed to aid drainage.

"The water smells like a sewer and will not drain properly without something being done to it," Couch said.

No action was taken; however, Council Member Sherry Moore had stated at a previous meeting that grants might be available. The issue will need to be researched.

Redda Russell discussed the fees associated with the water ordinance of the city.

"I'm not sure if the ordinance is being interpreted properly," Russell said. "I can see it if a person has a poor payment record, but should steady, dependable citizens who miss a payment be treated like a second-class citizen?"

Presently, it is up to the mayor's discretion to make exceptions. Russell asked the council to review the ordinance and its effectiveness in regard to fees. It will be discussed at the December council meeting.

A resolution was passed that authorized the city to set a date and time for a hearing regarding the abandonment of a portion of Franklin Avenue in the Boas and Rainey addition. City Attorney Bobby Gibson said that once a platt is recorded, it must be abandoned before anything can be done to the land. This ensures that the property is free of utilities.

Several upcoming holiday events were also announced:

  • Nov. 25-26 - Thanksgiving holiday for city employees.

  • Dec. 4 - Dickens in the Park from 4 to 7 p.m.

  • Dec. 6 - Hoxie Christmas Parade at 6 p.m.

  • Dec. 10 - Employee Christmas Party at 6:30 p.m. at Hoxie Service Center.

  • Dec. 12 - Santa Candy Run in the afternoon.

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