March 22, 2017 Edition

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Hoxie bids Commerce St. project

Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

During the March 14 meeting, the Hoxie City Council approved Miller-Newell Engineers, Inc., to let bids on the new Commerce Road being constructed off Owl City Road along U.S. Highway 63.

The development will be visible from the recently opened U.S. Highway 67. Preliminary cost estimates are about $140,000 for the project, which will come from the city's reuse funds designated for economic development. (See related story.)

In other business, the council authorized Mayor Lanny Tinker to pursue the purchase of a new backhoe. The council later approved the purchase of a New Holland backhoe at a special meeting Thursday night.

The city will put $50,000 down from the street fund on the $82,000 backhoe.

Also, at the March 14 meeting:

the council approved the application for an Arkansas Rural Community Grant 50/50 matching grant to construct a building to hold the city's sewer truck. The city has been paying rent to store the truck. Estimates for the building are around $20,000. If the grant is awarded, the city's half will come from the general fund or through a loan, according to Tinker.

the council approved the second and third readings of an ordinance establishing laws for habitual offenders for property clean ups. The ordinance also will aid the city in gaining first priority status if it places a lien on a property.

Tinker announced that the police department applied for a $3,500 grant for body cameras. The council will have to write a policy once the cameras are implemented.

Lida Tinker announced that a grant had been awarded to do spring and fall plantings at the service center and park.

Mayor Tinker announced that they are looking into adding a drive through window at city hall for payments. Fire Chief Chris Ditto is heading the project.

Alderman Larry Couch reported some poor quality asphalt patches in the city. Tinker said he would address them.

the council approved the clean up resolution for the 2016 budget.

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