September 18, 2013 Edition

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Hoxie to seek court order


Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

Attorney Lance Owens, of Marshall and Owens located in Jonesboro, spoke to the Hoxie City Council during its Sept. 10 meeting about Wayne's Grocery. The store recently closed and has a reuse loan from the city.

An inventory list has been requested both verbally and through official letter. Mayor Lanny Tinker said owner Wayne Black told him that the he would open the store up for a Hoxie representative to take inventory but has yet to do so.

Based on receipts filed at Hoxie City Hall, the city could have as much as $200,000 invested in equipment for the store. The contract signed by Black when receiving the loan states that the city of Hoxie has a right to inspect property, inventory and record books of the business within reasonable measures.

Based on this, the council voted 4-1 to seek a court order to take inventory and an injunction prohibiting the debtor from removing and/or selling any equipment from the store based on the contract between lender and debtor.

Also during the meeting, Assistant Fire Chief Will Tate presented the council with the final draft of the 2013 Hoxie Emergency Operations Plan. The plan addresses all city departments and individual roles during various kinds of emergencies. The council adopted the plan, which will be used through the end of the year.

Tate also presented a new contract for the Black River Technical College Student Intern Firefighter Program, which includes information about the duties and expectations for interns. The program for 2014 will be made available for up to two interns at a cost of up to $3,340, most of which will be raised through different HFD events. The council adopted the program based on the contract and budget presented at the meeting.

Also at the meeting:

  • Mayor Tinker informed the council that the city's mosquito sprayer had to be replaced at a cost of $9,000. The city is still spraying twice a day, Monday through Saturday.

  • it was announced that Russell Cain of the Hoxie Water/Sewer Department completed basic water distribution I training and received a water operator training card. Cain is expected to be fully licensed by spring of next year.

  • reports from meter testing on some of the water meters being replaced shows that the old meters were not registering anywhere from four percent to 100 percent of water passing through them based on different rates of flow. The lower the flow rate, the less water the meters were able to register. Mayor Tinker said he believes the defective meters are part of the cause for the missing water and the city will continue to replace outdated meters.

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