September19, 2012 Edition

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Hoxie could face
increase in water fees

Vivian Heyl
Staff Writer

The Hoxie City Council met Sept. 11 and addressed the possibility of increased fees for water and sewer service in 2013.

"The Northeast Arkansas Regional Water Authority is looking at raising the cost of water in 2013," Tinker said. "It is my understanding at this time Hoxie's cost would rise an additional 75 cents per thousand gallons. We are looking at all the options on how we can handle the increase without jeopardizing the city's financial stability."

In addition to the water issue some major sewer pumps located on Liscomb and Southwest Harding need to be replaced.

"These pumps are around 40 years old and must be replaced or the sewer system for the city could fail," Tinker said. The city of Hoxie is working with Miller-Newell Engineers, Inc. of Newport to secure a grant/loan from the Department of Arkansas Natural Resources.

Because most of the money would be in the form of a loan this cost will have to be passed along to consumers.

"As mayor, the last thing I want to do is increase the cost of services. I know how hard times are, and I will do everything I can to contain cost," Tinker said. "However, the city of Hoxie has to pay for the services it provides to citizens, and citizens have to pay for services that are provided. The city council and I will continue to explore all reasonable options and work to come up with the best solution for our city.

In his monthly "Mayor's Report" Tinker gave practical instructions for homeowners on how to read a water meter and described how billing is handled by the department. The report is available for viewing at the city hall.

In other business:

  • Cassie Sapp was hired as water clerk on Aug. 13. She is also currently a captain with the Hoxie Volunteer Fire Department.

  • Fall cleanup has been scheduled for the first two weeks of October. Citizens are asked not to put items at street side before Monday, Sept. 24, or after city employees have already picked up the trash in the area.

  • It was announced that the Hoxie Volunteer Fire Department will hold an open house on Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and volunteers will sell Boston butts as a fundraiser.

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