May 16, 2012 Edition

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Hoxie cleanup ongoing

Leslie Ginn
Staff Writer

Hoxie City Council members and Mayor Lanny Tinker discussed progress in efforts to improve Hoxie's appearance at the council meeting on May 8.

The spring cleanup was completed and declared a success, and three further steps were implemented at the meeting.

It was announced that the grain bed truck would continue to be parked at the city shop for the disposal of old furniture, appliances and junk. However, there will be a camera installed to ensure that inappropriate items (such as food or yard waste or shingles) are not deposited into this dumpster.

The council also voted to take action regarding a condemned property located at 213 Northeast Oak Road. The property owners will first be given a notice and certain length of time to bring the property up to standards. If this action does not take place, the city will clean up the property and the accrued cost will be billed to the owners.

A lien may be placed upon the property until payment is complete. This property will also serve as a template in helping the council understand the general costs involved in pursuing action against other condemned properties in the future.

In a joint venture with Walnut Ridge, the council decided to repair a section of Midway Road. Hoxie's portion of the cost will be approximately $8,085.

Needham named fire chief

It was announced that Rob Needham has replaced Mark VanBrook as Hoxie Fire Chief. Needham has served as assistant fire chief for four years and fire chief for seven years previously. Applications are presently being accepted for the position of a full-time firefighter.

In other business:

  • a rezoning meeting was set with Urban Planning Associates Inc. of Little Rock for May 24 at 10 a.m. at Hoxie City Hall. They will continue to meet monthly on the third Thursday of each month. The public is invited to attend.

  • Joe Bryan Richardson, Lou Robinette, Will Tate and Grant James, as well as 3R Agency and Pizza Den, were recognized for their recent service and donations toward improving Hoxie.

  • the swimming pool fence ordinance is effective June 1. Residents with pools that contain at least 12 inches of water are required to purchase a $5 permit from City Hall and comply with ordinance regulations.
  • the council received an update about the work being done by the NEA Intermodal Authority. Executive Director Wayne Gearhart said, "I firmly and passionately believe that this is our best chance at increasing jobs in Lawrence County."

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