March 19, 2014 Edition

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Work on sewer stations begins


Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

Hoxie Mayor Lanny Tinker announced that work was about to begin on replacing the damaged pumps at the sewer stations during the city council meeting on March 11. Kajacs Contractors Inc. of North Little Rock began work within the week.

Pump station #2, located on Southwest Cotter Street, is the first priority as during heavy rains the station fails to pump enough to keep lines clear.

Tinker reported that water usage has decreased now that some of the winter weather has passed but is still up from last year. So far the city's water expenses have been $22,000 higher than they were at this time last year.

The mayor is also still looking into ways to speed up water meter replacements and has been doing research on radio water meters. They are more accurate and would require less hours to monitor but are more expensive than standard meters and may require a citywide replacement.

Tinker plans to hold a special city council meeting at a later date to make a decision on water meter replacement. "Water meter replacement is critical; if we can't get that done we are going to go out of business," he said.

Also at the meeting:

  • Tinker announced that the city received a $10,761 General Improvement Fund Grant that will be used to purchase new tables and chairs for the Service Center in the next couple of months.

  • councilmen passed a resolution to implement a two-week cancellation period for the Hoxie Service Center. Citizens may cancel a reservation up to two weeks prior to the reserved date and receive a refund.

  • the council discussed options for a more effective system for keeping the city clean than the established grain-bed truck at city hall. Tinker asked council members to come up with ideas to bring before the council at the next meeting.

  • Tinker acknowledged that the weather has caused garbage pickup routes to go off schedule, but said that the new schedule is still in effect and stressed the importance that citizens not put their trash out early.

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