June 19, 2013 Edition

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Public meeting set in Hoxie

During its June 12 meeting, the Hoxie City Council passed two resolutions to set public hearings for this Monday at 6 and 6:30 p.m. to authorize a water and sewer bond and set sewer rates.

The first hearing is to review and vote on a loan from the Arkansas Natural Resource Commission that will be used to renovate the two sanitary lift sewer stations and to replace approximately 900 water meters across the city.

The second hearing is to review and vote on a temporary increase in the price of the first 1,000 gallons used by $1.60 in order to receive the loan. The increase will take effect on Aug. 1.

Hoxie Mayor Lanny Tinker said that the city has lost close to a million gallons of water. The water meters being replaced are suspected as part of the water loss.

According to Mayor Tinker, the water meters may be reading less water than passes through them because age has worn the friction sensor.

Still there are concerns about the quantity of water missing. "Any clear, free-standing water in yards and ditches should be reported to city hall," Mayor Tinker said.

Also at the meeting, Police Chief Glen Smith asked for approval to begin a search for a 2013 Dodge Charger to replace the 2008 model currently in use, which has over 100,000 miles on it. The new vehicle will be financed through a four-year loan that will be paid for with the jail fee budget, which comes from fines.

The council approved a search for a vehicle under $18,000 with less than 10,000 miles on it.

Also at the meeting:

  • Assistant Fire Chief Will Tate proposed a take-home vehicle program that would allow for quicker responses from select city employees. The council may be presented the final proposal on Monday following the hearing if ready, or at the next city council meeting if not.

  • Tate announced the quarterly Act 833 money has come in, bringing the Act 833 balance to $8,520. The money will be used for upgrades in the department.

  • Mayor Tinker announced that the city's uniform contract for the Street and Sanitation Department is about to end and the council discussed options to uniform the 12 employees in the department. Proposals will be reviewed on Monday following the hearing if ready, or at the next city council meeting if not.

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