September 21, 2016 Edition

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Progress on building
for Ma & Pa's made

Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

Following the equipment auction, progress is being made on preparations to the former Save-A-Lot building in Hoxie to house Ma & Pa's Flea Market.

Mayor Lanny Tinker gave an update at the Sept. 13 city council meeting stating that the building has been cleared of the left over equipment from the former business. Tinker said the auction didn't bring much for the city but there was some savings in the removal of the equipment. Exact figures will be presented at the next meeting.

Tinker added that insurance and electricity has been transferred over to the new owners, who are working on removing some interior walls before moving in.

Owners Clifton and Diann Powers hope to have the business moved to the new location by mid October. Diann said the space will be comparable to what they have at their current location and they will still offer 65-70 booths and run at the same hours after the move.

In regard to the recently issued boil order, Tinker said the E. Coli positive sample was one in a set of nine taken. The disinfectant was kept at the required level. Tinker said the boil order was a precautionary measure, but the water was determined safe last Monday morning after the city sent in new samples at the end of the previous week.

Also at the meeting, the council approved an addendum to the city's wireless access policy as required by a recent audit. The new policy increased security and password requirements. A new computer, software and other upgrades, as well as an IT staff person, were required by the audit. Blaine Davis was hired to oversee the city's IT needs.

In other business:

Tinker updated the council on service center repairs saying that the bathrooms had been repainted and they were prepping to lay tile.

the council heard about a defect with a switch in the water tower, which caused a water overflow. Tinker said everything was corrected and it wasn't a major repair as previously thought.

alderman Sherry Moore asked about a tree that fell recently and asked if there is anything the city can do to help in the removal of the trunk. There was discussion on whether the trunk impacted the right of way of the street it sits next to. Tinker said he would look into it but both he and City Clerk Katie Smith said there are limits to what the city can do if the tree is on personal property.

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