The March Hoxie City Council meeting began on a somber note with Mayor Lanny Tinker sending out thoughts and prayers for Sidney Randall and family.
"I am very proud of the support our community, city and citizens have provided by helping with the search," Mayor Tinker said. "No one thought about a tragedy like this occurring in our community, but when it did, our people came out and supported the efforts."
Tinker praised the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department, the Walnut Ridge Police and Walnut Ridge Fire Departments, as well as Hoxie's law enforcement agencies for their efforts. He also thanked local businesses for donating food and other items for those searching for the missing teen.
Mayor Tinker updated the council on the findings of the recent state audit, and presented plans of correction for the minor flaws that came to light during the audit.
Aldermen were all in agreement with the plans for corrections.
The council approved the Planning and Zoning Committee's recommendation to abandon the east end of an alley, (S. E. Gipson) behind the old American Legion building, to allow local business, Flat Landers, room for expansion.
Mayor Tinker announced that the Hoxie Spring Cleanup is scheduled for April 8-19 in conjunction with Walnut Ridge.
The council approved a previously passed ordinance stating half of the funds collected from electrical permits would go to the inspector while the remaining half would be designated for the general fund.
In other business the council:
- approved hiring a temporary clerical employee to fill in for an employee on maternity leave.
- approved two new water/sewer department employees to be included on the city's cell phone plan. Mayor Tinker said water/sewer department employees are mandated to have cell phones and therefore receive $20/month toward the cost of cell phone service.