October 19, 2016 Edition

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Hoxie to review
derelict properties

Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

At the Oct. 11 city council meeting, Hoxie Mayor Lanny Tinker discussed some recent demolitions completed. Due to a string of dry weather, Tinker said the city was able to tear down three derelict properties on Southeast Fourth, Carolina and Fifth streets.

However, there are still as many as 50-60 buildings that need to be reviewed to determine a priority list for future condemnations.

Citizen Juanita Madden brought forth several properties near her that are vacant and have become a host for wild possums and raccoons, which eat the vegetation grown in surrounding yards, making it difficult to grow a garden.

Madden shared photos of the animals she has been able to capture using traps in her yard.

Tinker asked Madden to give the city addresses and said he would have a list for the council to review.

"There will be a bigger list than the city can afford unfortunately," Tinker said.

While the dry weather was beneficial for demolitions, Tinker said it has caused several water line breaks as the dirt became rigid around the pipes. That night, following the meeting, a six-inch water main break was reported at Northeast Jackson Street causing water pressure issues for citizens until the main was repaired the following morning.

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