May 17, 2017 Edition

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Hoxie moves forward
in condemnation effort

Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

The Hoxie City Council voted to move forward on the condemnation of five properties at its May 9 meeting.

The properties being condemned are 1310 Southwest Maple, 1029 Southeast Third, 605 Cotter, 208 Edgar and 210 Southwest Lawrence. Fire Chief Chris Ditto said a couple of these properties are high priority due to safety risks.

The city council continued its efforts to clean up Hoxie by approving a list of equipment, several of which haven't been used in years, to auction off through sealed bids.

The council also approved the purchase of a Kubota mower for $8,450.

In other business, Tyler Combs, owner of Combs Motor Speedway, and Attorney Nancy Hall attended the meeting to ask what they should be prepared for with recent noise complaints related to the speedway. They said they are willing to work with the city to make everyone happy.

Combs has operated the speedway for several years as a hobby. He does not charge when he opens it up, which he said is typically no more than once or twice a month and only during daylight hours.

Mayor Lanny Tinker said while the noise concerns are being reviewed, the first step is to have the planning and zoning committee look at the property because there are concerns about the speedway being zoned residential and not agricultural as previously thought.

Tinker added that if the speedway was determined inappropriate for the zone it is in, then a variance would be required.

Also at the meeting, the council went into executive session to discuss a personnel issue. No action was taken.

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