August 19, 2015 Edition

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Hoxie City Council discusses
planning and zoning issues

Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

During the Aug. 11 meeting, the Hoxie City Council voted to require all conditional use issues in regards to planning and zoning be brought before the council.

A conditional use permit is a zoning exception that allows the property owner to use their land in a way not permitted within the particular zoning district.

Previously, it was set to where such decisions could be made solely by the planning and zoning commission.

"We could vote on it and we don't ever have to bring it to you," Redda Russell with the commission told the city council at the meeting.

Russell said the planning and zoning commission would continue however the council saw fit, but she and Mayor Lanny Tinker said that allowing such permits to come before the council would generate an additional paper trail of whatever action was taken, which could aid in the future if further action is required.

Alderman Sherry Moore said another benefit is it would allow more information about the city to come before the council, and she also requested that each council member receive minutes from the planning and zoning meetings. "My biggest concern is we know what's going on before we come to this table," Moore said at the meeting.

Councilmen also voted to turn back a condition use permit and other zoning requests to the planning and zoning commission due to some legal requirements that were not met on the city's part. Tinker said they will get back to these requests as soon as possible.

Also at the meeting, Tinker announced,

a new potential buyer for the former Save-A-Lot building has been in contact with the city. He said they are still in early stages of negotiation, but as he understands Save-A-Lot's corporate office is supportive of locating a store in Hoxie.

repairs are being made at Randolph St. where the weight of trucks passing over the pavement has caused portions of the road to cave in. He added that the sewer line underneath also received some damage.

the Mayor's Report will now be released quarterly.

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