November 23, 2016 Edition

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Hoxie preps for 2017

Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

The city of Hoxie is prepping for 2017 as garbage tipping fees will increase and the council reviews property maintenance requirements.

At the Nov. 15 meeting, Mayor Lanny Tinker shared a letter from the Northeast Arkansas Regional Waste Management District stating that fees will increase by $2 per yard on Jan. 1. While no action was taken at the meeting, Tinker said in preparing the 2017 budget and reviewing figures, the city will have to pass that increase on to the citizens.

The council was presented an ordinance for review that would amend the Hoxie Municipal Code regarding property upkeep. The council will review and make recommendations to improve the city's requirements on issues such as lawn care, general property maintenance and clean-ups.

One suggested change would implement a procedure for Hoxie to file an action with the circuit court seeking first priority status over other lien holders. This would apply when the city places a lien on a property on which it has incurred clean-up expenses. This will speed up the clean-up process and help recover expenditures.

"I want us to be progressive and take action where the city of Hoxie will recoup its money," Tinker said.

The ordinance will be modified and is expected to be brought to a vote in the spring.

Also at the meeting:

Tinker shared requests from the Walnut Ridge Impact Committee, a committee formed to assess potential outcomes if a Walnut Ridge and Hoxie consolidation were required. The request was for financial statements, all of which are public record. Tinker said the requests were in the process of being fulfilled, but at the time of the meeting, he had no further comment on the matter.

the council authorized end-of-year bonuses for city employees. Full-time employees will receive a $300 bonus and part-time employees will scale $50-$150 based on their hours.

Tinker informed the council that the Kenneth Quarry Service Center upgrades, which include painting and installing a new stage floor, would be complete within the week.

aldermen rezoned lots in the Commerce Addition, four acres purchased near Hwy. 67 for commercial development, from agriculture to commercial.

Tinker reported that a used tractor purchased last year will require a repair. He said the rear fell out of the tractor and it would be about a $10,000 repair cost.

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