September 16, 2015 Edition

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Apartments to be built in Hoxie

Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

The Hoxie City Council approved a conditional use permit at the Sept. 8 meeting to allow for the construction of three quadplexes at 300 Ringle Street.

The new buildings, totaling 12 new domiciles, will be built by Genesis Property Development, LLC. Mayor Lanny Tinker said the housing is desperately needed in Hoxie, saying that he receives frequent calls from people looking for rentals.

"There's no housing available," Tinker said.

A representative from Genesis Property said they are already looking into the possibility of building more apartments in the city.

Also at the meeting, Tinker said the city is in heavy financial strain, which is worsened now due to the cuts in the Lawrence County Inmate Work Program. This program, which has supplemented as much as $50,000 in workforce for the city, had already been reduced by 80 percent this year and now will be cut entirely.

"This issue will have a serious impact on our city's long term financial outlook and we will have to find alternative methods to secure funds to replace the cost," Tinker wrote in his Mayor's Report.

Tinker said the budget committee would explore options to make up the deficit. "We will explore all ways to replenish these funds including sales tax and increasing fee cost and/or cutting services."

In other business:

Alderman Jerry Decker suggested offering the city's grain bed truck on a Saturday for dumping as no fall clean up will be offered. The council voted to allow the truck to be available on Oct. 10 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or until the truck is full.

Tinker announced that negotiations with the businessman interested in purchasing the old Save-A-Lot building are underway.

an updated animal ordinance has been put on hold and is not expected to appear before the council again before November. Tinker said they held off until arrangements on the future Jumpstart Shelter in Walnut Ridge were made so the council could review it as a possible holding facility for the city.

Tinker informed the council of the purchase of a jumping jack tamper, a tool used in compacting material used in pothole repairs, for $2,766.75 and plans to purchase a trailer to transport the city's mini excavator for $3,400. Other equipment purchases under consideration are an asphalt saw, a grain bed truck and a backhoe.

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