April 17, 2013 Edition

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Hoxie to implement disaster plan

Susan Johnson
Contributing Writer

In case of a natural disaster, it's always good to have a plan of action and Hoxie residents will soon have just that.

Speaking at the April 9 Hoxie City Council meeting, Fire Chief Will Tate told the council the department is currently working on a new emergency operation plan and that the new plan will address tornadoes, droughts, floods and any and all natural disasters and will involve all city departments.

The plan lays out the chain of command in the event of a natural disaster, as well as shelter locations and plans for drills.

Tate said the plan is ever growing and asked aldermen for their suggestions or changes prior to the May council meeting. A final draft of the emergency operation plan will be presented at the May city council meeting for approval.

Mayor Lanny Tinker told the council all cities are required by law to have a disaster plan in place and that the city would try to contain the cost.

Tate also announced that Hoxie has been asked to host the county's disaster drill this fall.

The council approved a $20 per month stipend for Hoxie volunteer firemen. Tate said many volunteer firemen are attending school/training and are not employed; therefore, the stipend provides valuable assistance.

A 25-cent per hour raise was approved for water/sewer department employees who have completed the licensing requirements as a Wastewater Treatment Operator Class 1 by the State of Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality.

It was also announced that a new business has been opened in Hoxie. A&M Barbecue owned by Gerald Berry is located in front of the old Heard's Market on Southeast Lindsey Street and will be open Thursday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

In other business aldermen:

  • welcomed Jacob Smith and Steven Villados as new employees of the water/sewer department.

  • authorized Mayor Tinker to award bids for the purchase of a sewer tractor (compact tractor with plow) and a flatbed truck for the street department. Bidding ceased April 10.

  • reminded those present the Hoxie Spring Cleanup ends April 19.

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