December 22, 2010 EditionAlso in this issue...
Hoxie votes to close streetLeslie Ginn
The Dec. 14 Hoxie City Council meeting was preceded by a public hearing to discuss the closing of a portion of Franklin Street. Delbert Robins made the request to close a part of Franklin Street by filing a petition with the city.
Water drainage was brought up as a concern.
"I don't care if the street is closed, but the ditch needs to be handled right for the drainage not to cause a mosquito problem," resident Ed Romine said.
City Attorney Robert Gibson advised that the city must retain an easement if the city plans to maintain the ditch and water drainage. He said that if the city decides that Robins would be responsible for water drainage and it does not drain properly, the problem would be a private matter between Robins and neighbors.
Resident Lou Robinette said, "Delbert has done a lot of improvements making useless land usable."
After all desiring to speak were heard, the city council meeting was officially called to order.
The council then voted to close the portion of Franklin Avenue between Broad to Texas Streets without retaining an easement for the city. This means that the obligation to maintain drainage will rest with Robins.
An ordinance was also passed by the council to add $20 to the fees for each misdemeanor citation written by Hoxie police. This money will go into a Prisoner Transport Fund that will pay for any expense relating to housing or transferring prisoners. The increase is effective immediately.
Another petition by David Onstead was received for the city to abandon Kelly Drive and portions of affected alleys for the purpose of building a subdivision with two-bedroom homes. A public hearing was set for 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 11 directly before the regular city council meeting. The city will request a representative from the engineering firm to answer questions and concerns.
Gratitude was expressed to outgoing Mayor Donnie Roberts for the past four years of service to the community. Roberts also expressed appreciation to the city council, City Clerk Katie Smith and City Attorney Gibson. "It has been a joy to work with you," Roberts said.
In other business: