May 21, 2014 Edition

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Sewer main damaged in Hoxie

Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

Hoxie Mayor Lanny Tinker gave an update on the damaged sewer main, located under Broad Street near Hoxie Church of Christ, at the Hoxie City Council meeting on May 13.

Over the past 60 years, sewer gas eroded the concrete pipe eventually causing a sinkhole. Sewer workers worked throughout the night on May 9 when the issue developed to get the main flowing. Tinker reported that this pipe is the direct path to the sewer pond and 70 percent of all sewage flows through it.

Repairs will be ongoing as the city assesses the condition of the entire main. Water meter replacement will be put on hold until the infrastructure is fully assessed.

The water and sewer plan for 2014 includes rebuilding the sewer station at Southwest Harding and Liscomb, and assessment and repairs at the following locations: Broad Street to Liscomb Street, Southwest Harding to Midway Road, Brewer addition and lines in the southeast section of the city.

Tinker said he doesn't see the cost of water going down in the near future and asked citizens to do their best to conserve water. Water meter reading clinics have been scheduled to better educate citizens about water usage. The clinics will demonstrate how to look for water losses and teach water conservation techniques. Clinics are scheduled for June 10 and July 8 from noon to 1 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. in the city hall conference room.

Additional sewer issues arose at Jones Trailer Park. The trailer park sewer pumping station had repairs done in excess of $6,000 in February due to items such as baby wipes, shop towels, cotton mop heads and other cloth items being flushed. Recently the same sewer pump failed after similar items caused it to bind up.

Tinker said he has instructed the Hoxie Police Department to visit the residents in that area and ask for their cooperation to prevent this from happening again.

In other business:

  • Tinker announced that Wayne Black said he is no longer able to make payments on his reuse loan with the city on his property at 700 Southwest Texas Street. Tinker said Black has some potential buyers and wishes him the best of luck. He also said he believed Black had the best intentions to make this business venture successful. The city will utilize due process to get ownership of property and equipment returned to the city providing Black doesn't find a buyer in the next few weeks.

  • the council will allow the senior dance to rent out the community center two Fridays a month for a probational period. Records will be kept to see if this causes many citizens to be turned away during those dates and the matter will be reassessed at the September meeting.

  • a resolution was passed expressing the willingness to utilize money from the State Aid Street Program for city projects. Tinker said they are expecting $190,000 in the spring of 2015.

  • the council appointed Hoxie Water Superintendent Danial Hackworth to serve on the Northeast Arkansas Public Water Authority Board. Tinker had been serving as interim but said he believes Hackworth is better qualified for the position.

  • the council approved allowing city employees to save a vacation day for December 26, 2014, or take the day without pay. Emergency services will still be operational.

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