December 22, 2010 Edition

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Hoxie votes to close street

Leslie Ginn
Staff Writer

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:

  • the 2011 budget for Hoxie was approved. It was noted that Workman's Compensation has significantly increased because of a new point system. Concern was also expressed regarding ensuring repairs were made to the stage, ceiling and restrooms at the Service Center.

  • it was reported that the new Dodge 2010 Charger bought for a police car by a Rural Development Grant is presently being striped and repainted for police use.

  • it was announced that the recently purchased sanitation truck is expected to be delivered by Jan. 1 after improvements are made on tires and the rear axle.

  • Linda Tyson discussed concerns about the insurance plan provided by the city. She asked if the deductible might be able to be lowered, but after discussion it was determined that to do so, employees would have to pay a portion of the insurance cost.

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