October 18, 2017 Edition

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Hoxie City Councilman Larry Couch looks over the Hoxie Fire Department's new fire engine, which will aide in achieving the department's goal ISO rating of 3. The department is scheduled to be evaluated on its ISO rating in November.
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Hoxie council discusses
water rate increase

Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

At its Oct. 10 meeting, the Hoxie City Council discussed the rate increase to be implemented by the Northeast Arkansas Public Water Authority in December. The increase will require a water rate increase for Hoxie residents to offset the city's expense.

The rate the city pays for water will go up approximately eight percent. The council looked at a range of increase for residents and agreed that an 18 percent increase, from $7 per thousand gallons to $8.25 per thousand, would not only offset the authority's increase but would also provide additional funds for repairs.

Mayor Lanny Tinker said while the water fund balance has improved, it is not enough to cover a major break in a water main.

The council will be presented an ordinance reflecting the discussed rate increases at a future meeting. The $8.25 would only apply to the first 35,000 gallons, water used over 35,000 would be $5 per 1,000 gallons, an increase from $4.60.

Fire engine purchased

Fire Chief Chris Ditto informed the council that the fire department has a new fire engine. He said the engine would aide the department in getting its current goal ISO rating of 3. The department is scheduled to be evaluated next month, which is when its rating will be determined.

In other business:

Tinker informed the council that welcome signs featuring the Lady Mustangs state championship have been completed and are being placed at entrances into the city. Adam Pratt is donating the signs.

The committee formed to evaluate raises for city employees using a special license in their job duties recommended a 15-cent raise for a non-commercial spraying license. The council approved the raise amount.

Tinker announced that the street paving was complete for the year. The street department will continue to do pothole patches but funds are not available for major paving.

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