April 19, 2017 Edition

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Hoxie works to establish
property clean-up policy

Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

At the April 11 meeting, the Hoxie City Council discussed implementation of a recently approved ordinance on property maintenance.

Mayor Lanny Tinker, Fire Chief Chris Ditto and Police Chief Glen Smith visited North Little Rock to learn about its property clean-up procedure in an effort to establish an effective one in Hoxie.

Having felt he has failed in implementing a successful clean-up procedure while in office, Tinker said they are on the right track in cleaning up the city.

"We are going to make this work," Tinker said.

The new procedure will provide seven days to abate violations at the property. If violations have not been resolved within the allotted time, the city is authorized to address it at the cost of the owner or renter.

An invoice is issued in a minimum amount of $150. For those failing to pay, a public hearing may be called and a lien may be placed on the property. Court cost incurred by the City of Hoxie as a result of a violation may be added as restitution.

Habitual offenders, those having received three or more written notices in a calendar year, will have additional fines applied.

Also at the meeting, resident John Holt shared concerns on noise generated by the Combs Motor Speedway, which borders his property.

Tinker said he'd seek legal advice on a noise ordinance, but it may be a situation where the speedway would be grandfathered in. Several council members said they would visit the speedway during operation to hear the noise levels.

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