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Thursday, August 28, 2003

Post office boxes will be a thing of the past effective

Sept. 1 in Horseshoe Bend. Recorder/treasurer Sally

Pohl announced at the city council meeting Aug. 18 the

Horseshoe Bend post office is closing.

The current postal contractors, Dean and Hasseltine

Hobbs, are retiring so the existing post office is

closing. The U.S. Postal Service is working with a local

business, Ron's Fine Foods, to set up a contract postal

unit. It will be a cubicle in the store, Pohl explained.

Stamps can be purchased at the unit and packages will

be accepted for mailing, but money orders can no

longer be purchased. Registered mail service will no

longer be offered, Pohl said.

Patrons currently using post office boxes will have to

either obtain boxes in Franklin or Glencoe or install

mailboxes at their homes or businesses, Pohl said.

Street address will be supplied by City Hall but the

postal service will have to be contacted for box

placement specifications, said Mayor Bob Spear.

Pohl said the Hobbs' said he had no idea that retiring

would create so much trouble for Horseshoe Bend.

Kathryn Randall said Horseshoe Bend is the largest

city in Izard County and it's inconceivable the city is

losing its post office. She reminded residents the city

recently received the Arkansas Community of

Excellence Award.

In other action, the council approved an ordinance

increasing sewer rates. Residents and churches

without kitchens will be charged $14 a month.

Commercial rates based on water usages will be: $14

base minimum for the first 2,000 gallons per month;

$2.25 per thousand for the next 3,000 gallons per

month; $1.70 per thousand for the next 5,000 gallons

per month and 75 cents per thousand over 10,000

gallons per month.

The minimum sewer service charge when a customer

requests a water shut off is $5.50 a month.

The council also approved an ordinance to transfer the

cable TV franchise. The ordinance grants permission

for Alliance Communications Partners to sell shares to

Cequel III Communication II.

A third ordinance was adopted to amend the zoning

code to enforce HUD standards for manufactured

homes.

Mayor Bob Spear reported the results of a traffic survey

by the police department on Club Road. The survey

was done after Alderman Will Robson requested the

speed limit be lowered to 15 mph at the July meeting.

Robson requested the lower speed because of youth

crossing the street from the city pool to the mini golf

course.

The survey reported the average speed was 29 mph.

The council agreed to table the matter until spring per

the mayor's request.

Councilman Mike Turner said a new state law provides

for any improvement district to have up to five

commissioners, instead of three. After considerable

discussion Jim Short, city attorney, agreed to prepare

an ordinance with the change for the next council

meeting. The council will have a chance to vote at the

next meeting to decide if they want five instead of three

commissioners.

Fire Chief Mike Hilliker said the fire department is busy

getting ready for the annual MDA drive -- fill the boot.

The fire department will be accepting donations for the

annual event.



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