March 21, 2012 Edition

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Hoxie to stop notices

Leslie Ginn
Staff Writer

Hoxie Mayor Lanny Tinker made an announcement regarding water bills at the Hoxie City Council meeting on March 13 "Following the April billing the Hoxie Water Department will no longer send out courtesy bills (red ones)," he said. "All water bills are due on the 10th with a 10 percent penalty afterward. Shut off is after the 20th. It is important for citizens to keep a current phone number registered with the water department since the city will attempt to call residents prior to shutting water service off."

Tinker said he hopes Hoxie residents understand the financial reasons behind this change that was unanimously decided on at the February city council meeting.

"It costs us over $900 to send out these late notices, and we need to cut all excess costs to be financially sound as a city," he said.

Zoning study is underway

The city has been doing research regarding rezoning to clear up zoning confusion and vagueness. Urban Planning Associates, Inc. of Little Rock sent Jim von Tungeln as a representative to evaluate the city and conduct a comprehensive study of Hoxie. The project will take from 12 to 18 months to complete and cost less than $10,000.

Both Hoxie and Walnut Ridge will have spring cleanup on April 9-20. The goal is to beautify the city by having unwanted items, debris and trash hauled away from the curb. Due to restrictions, the city will not pick up shingles, tires, hazardous chemicals or paint cans without first being completely dried.

The need for citizens to recycle was also restated. The recycling container is located on Southwest Gibson near the city park. Clear glass, aluminum, scrap metal, plastic bottles and bags, newsprint and paper are all accepted and do not have to be separated.

"As citizens of this planet, I feel it is important for us to recycle," Tinker said. "It saves our worldwide environment, energy and resources."

Citizens may burn yard waste, such as grass, leaves and clippings, but not household waste. They are asked to consider safety aspects such as wind conditions, size of burn pile and dry conditions. Residents can call the Hoxie Fire Department with questions.

Hoxie resident Roy Meeker stood to request that the disrepair of railroad crossings be evaluated. Tinker will contact the railroad with an official repair request.

In other business:

  • the issue of containers/trailers was recently raised. Since there is a city ordinance banning the use of such containers, notices will be issued to notify those in violation. Litigation proceeding will follow notices if action is not taken within 30 days to remove containers.

  • Mayor Tinker reported that the annual dues for the Northeast Arkansas Regional Intermodal Facilities Authority had been paid.

  • attendance to the June Municipal League meeting was considered.

  • it was discussed that the front 60 feet of Regina Street is dedicated to the city of Hoxie, and repair needs to be considered.

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