July 20, 2011 Edition
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Hoxie approves plan
for housing addition
At its July meeting, the Hoxie City Council agreed with the city's Planning and Zoning Committee to approve the final plan by David Onstead that will allow for the building of 11 homes in Hoxie near Kelly Drive.
Planning and Zoning Committee Chairman Stan Schmidt said, "The plan is to build three homes to start, then when one is either sold or rented, to start building the next one. They are supposed to be ready to start building immediately after this final approval."
"Hoxie desperately needs new homes," said Mayor Lanny Tinker. "It is a good thing to see this project move forward."
Ongoing projects were also reviewed by Tinker, including water and sewer rates, animal control ordinance, swimming pool fence ordinance, city hall renovation and city budget issues.
Tinker announced he expected to hold a special meeting some time later this month to approve both the water and sewer rate increase and swimming pool fence ordinance.
The outcome of the city auction on Saturday, June 25, was as follows: general fund, $40; street department, $3,200; water department, $4,955; and drug fund, $3,225.
Tinker announced three new city employees: part-time code enforcement officer Matthew Cook of Hoxie and sanitation department employees Charles Day of Imboden and Kenneth Hayes of Black Rock.
Appreciation was expressed to the Hoxie Fire Department who, in conjunction with the Walnut Ridge Fire Department, raised $7,500 for The Children's Shelter in Walnut Ridge.
Prosecuting Attorney Ryan Cooper explained some of the changes associated with the implementation of Act 570, also known as the Public Safety Improvement Act. Act 570 focuses on reducing the prison population in Arkansas.
Betty Thomas discussed a recent experience her family had with Hoxie authorities. She praised the efforts of City Clerk Katie Smith but suggested that it would be beneficial for the police dispatcher to be better informed about the city boundaries.
Tinker requested that Police Chief Glen Smith verify that all dispatchers are familiar with the city map.
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