July 22, 2015 Edition

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Decker appointed to
Hoxie City Council

Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

The Hoxie City Council appointed a new member at the July 14 meeting to fill the vacancy left by alderman Rickey Mayland, who moved to Portia.

Hoxie citizens Greg Coats, Jerry Decker and Danny Kopp Sr. each spoke briefly about how they would serve the city as alderman. After holding an executive session, Mayor Lanny Tinker announced that Decker would fill the vacant position with a 3-2 vote being cast among the aldermen.

Also at the meeting, the council passed an ordinance authorizing the city to pay expenses incurred from repairs needed on the Southwest Broad and Gibson sewer main. The main was dug out and a new line was installed after a sinkhole was discovered on July 3.

The estimated cost of repairs came to $35,500. C. Baldwin Construction Co., Inc., provided the services.

In other business:

Tinker announced that water/wastewater superintendant Donnie Stewart resigned, and the city will work under the license of Joseph Jansen until a permanent replacement is hired. Jonathan VanKirk with the department is currently undergoing training to become licensed and is poised to become the new superintendant, Tinker said.

Tinker announced that the buyer interested in the former Save-A-Lot building was unable to secure a deal with Save-A-Lot. However, there is another perspective buyer already in contact with the city.

the council discussed how to handle the issue of limb pickup in the city. Alderman Tim Taylor said he didn't think the city would be able to afford continual pick up. The possibility of establishing a fee for pickup was discussed and further research will be conducted.

the council approved the release of the lien on the property at 926 Goldman Road to Wanda Black for $10,000.

the proposed new animal control ordinance being drafted was put on hold until October.

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