Court hearing location, new bike trail approved in Hoxie meeting

Updated: May. 11, 2021 at 9:08 PM CDT
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HOXIE, Ark. (KAIT) - The Hoxie City Council approved two ordinances Tuesday night, affecting the location of court and a new bike trail.

The first ordinance officially recognizes court will be held at the Lawrence County Courthouse in Walnut Ridge.

Supporters of the ordinance say that it will make the court hearing process smoother.

It’s all part of a statute requiring court to be held in specific locations in the county. With the state’s new district court system, cities will have to transition to the new system, combining the district courts into a state court.

Mayor Dennis Coggins said he believes the new system will benefit the city.

“Not having to have a courtroom and putting up a courtroom and all this and that, I believe it’s going to be a lot better for the cities,” Coggins said. “This is slowly putting us all in line with state court.”

The man who requested the ordinance was Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the Third Judicial District Jerrod Slayton and Judge Alex Bigger. The ordinance will be heard in Black Rock and Portia as well.

A judge serving in the new system told Region 8 News the ordinance would make the court hearing process smoother, and it’s all part of getting their districts in line with the new system.

The second ordinance gave the city permission to enter into a long-term lease with ArDOT to start maintaining, the nine-mile bike trail the city hopes to add.

“[This is] lining us up to where the state of Arkansas will let us have the old highway from here to Minturn for our bike and walk trail,” Coggins said. “It’s to make sure the City Council members know what we’re doing, and how much it’s going to cost us.”

Coggins added he believes another ordinance could be passed this year, discussing the possible annexation of the town of Minturn into Hoxie.

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