August 17, 2016 Edition

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Hoxie to pursue new businesses

Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

With the purchase of four acres for commercial development within view of the now open Highway 67 near Cox Powersports, Hoxie Mayor Lanny Tinker announced the formation of a special committee to work with both the city council and the reuse committee to develop a plan for the land.

In addition to adding businesses to the area, the development will also require a new street, to be named Commerce Street, for direct access to the new businesses.

Sherry Moore and Tim Taylor both volunteered to sit on the committee.

Tinker said depending on the success of this development, the committee could continue to work on future prospects.

Also, at the Aug. 9 city council meeting, Alderman Larry Couch questioned how the city is handling road maintenance. Couch said the city has money at its disposal that it's not utilizing.

He gave a specific case at Southeast Renae Street and Paula Drive, which has been on numerous city council agendas for repair, and blacktopping the road has been brought before the council in the past.

Tinker said the most recent estimate for paving the road is $18,000 since the road is gravel.

Couch said he didn't want to sit on $200,000 while streets have not been blacktopped.

Tinker explained that a new grain bed truck is needed out of that budget, which will run at least $60,000, not to mention multiple roads needing work. However, Tinker said the council has authority to decide how money is spent.

Couch made a motion to blacktop Renae and Paula, but the motion died due to lack of a second.

Alderman Sherry Moore said she understood where Couch is coming from but believes the money needs to be used on the roads that affect the most people first.

In other business:

aldermen voted to pay Maximum Diesel a $1,500 balance that occurred when the business failed to charge sales tax to the city in 2015. Tinker said this wasn't required but the council felt it was a show of good faith.

Tinker informed the council that the high level pump in the water tower was affected by a lightning strike. The pump wasn't kicking on for a period of time and had to be watched. City employees will continue to monitor the pump.

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