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
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
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
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
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