May 22, 2013 Edition

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Hoxie supports paving project

A resolution was passed at the Hoxie City Council meeting on May 14 for the paving of Midway Road. Walnut Ridge Mayor Don House acquired funding through State Street Aid to pay for the paving.

Hoxie Mayor Lanny Tinker commended House for his efforts in getting the funding for this project. The City of Hoxie agrees that upon completion of the project, it will assume the maintenance of its right-of-way pertaining to the road.

Also at the meeting, Tinker gave an update on the sewer pumping station #2 located on SW Cotter St. The station is scheduled for replacement which will be funded through a loan. Temporarily, Tinker has authorized a supplemental pump for the one out-of-service pump at station #2.

The station provides service to 65 percent of Hoxie. Tinker said the water and sewer staff have had to work day and night to assure the sewer services are working properly until its replacement. Cost of replacement is estimated at $90,000.

Several Hoxie service vehicles were replaced. The Street Department truck was replaced with a used vehicle at the cost of $11,500. A Fire Department service truck was purchased used for $4,000.

The city also purchased a new compact tractor used for plowing the sand beds at the sewer pond. The city could not find a reasonable priced used tractor. The cost of the tractor was $11,500 which was financed over a five-year period with zero percent interest.

Tinker reported that, while Hoxie has more financial needs than revenue right now, the city is in pretty good shape.

Also at the meeting, Will Tate, adjunct fire service instructor, was congratulated for successfully obtaining Fire Instructor One Certification.

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