July 18, 2012 Edition

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Hoxie aldermen encourage
enforcement of ordinance

Susan Johnson
Contributing Writer

During the July 10 Hoxie City Council meeting, aldermen were in agreement that ordinance 2007-11, which states all persons, corporations and organizations are to keep their premises free of anything which constitutes an unsightly appearance, needs to be enforced.

Also citizens are to keep their lots mowed and trimmed to less than six inches, and failure to comply could result in a written notice stating the area is to be "cleaned up or abated" within 10 days. Failure to comply with the ordinance could result in a fine of $100 a day, in addition to other penalties.

In the event the violation is not resolved, the city will take corrective action and file a lien on the property for cost of the cleanup.

If anyone has received such a notice or has any questions concerning the ordinance they are asked to call the Hoxie Code Enforcement department at 870-886-5722 or Hoxie Mayor Lanny Tinker at 870-886-2742.

The council voted to schedule a special meeting for July 31 beginning at 6:30 at the Hoxie City Hall to review the budget and possibly discuss a rezoning measure for property owned by Sonny Anglin.

Speaking on behalf of the rezoning committee, Stan Schmidt said only one home was in this area, therefore, it was the committee's belief that it should be a commercial area.

The council tabled a decision on repair work at the Hoxie Community Center until the special meeting. Mayor Tinker said he would have more information available concerning cost of replacement of doors, etc., later in the month.

The council will also revisit the city's secondary water meter initiative during the special called meeting. Mayor Tinker and Alderman Adam Pratt will meet prior to July 31 to determine if the city can possibly reduce the cost of having a second meter installed for Hoxie residents.

Also pertaining to water and sewer measures, Mayor Tinker informed the Council that the City of Hoxie was working with Miller-Newell Engineers, Inc. of Newport to secure a grant/loan to replace two sewer pumps located on Liscomb Street and Southwest Harding. In addition, the city is also requesting additional funding to replace a majority of water meters throughout the city.

During his report, Mayor Tinker also urged residents to take conservative measures during the current period of drought and listed the following water saving measures for homeowners:

  • Comply with water conservation guidelines that your water system may request or require such as watering on alternate days.

  • Water your lawn only when it needs it. Deep soak the lawn rather than sprinkling lightly, which tends to evaporate quickly.

  • Water during the cool part of the day such as early morning.

  • Don't waste water on gutters, driveways and sidewalks.

  • Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants. Mulch will hold moisture longer and slow evaporation.

  • Use automatic dishwashers and washing machines only with full loads.

  • Don't let the faucet run when cleaning vegetables or washing dishes. Rinse them in a stopped sink or pan of clean water.

  • Don't let the water continuously run when brushing your teeth or shaving.

  • Check faucets, pipes and toilets for drips or leaks.

  • Take a quick shower instead of a bath.

  • Install water-saving showerheads or flow restrictors.

The council also heard from former part-time radio dispatcher Ann Jones who was questioning her inability to receive unemployment compensation. Mayor Tinker said it is up to the unemployment office personnel to determine who receives benefits.

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