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Hope Star - Hope, AR
  • Public hearing set on taxi application

  • The Hope City Board of Directors will meet in special session at noon Wednesday in place of its regular board meeting date tonight, with a planned public hearing atop the agenda.
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  • The Hope City Board of Directors will meet in special session at noon Wednesday in place of its regular board meeting date tonight, with a planned public hearing atop the agenda. The noon meeting in the city board room at Hope City Hall is open to the public. Here's the rundown: Hey, taxi – The board will conduct a public hearing on the permit of John Caldwell, doing business as Downtown Taxi, for a taxicab business permit. The hearing is mandated under City ordinance. Hope City Manager Catherine Cook has said that the applicant has met statutory requirements by submitting the request to the City, obtaining a required $5,000 surety bond, and obtaining required necessary insurance coverage. Caldwell's application also denotes his unit has been equipped according to standards under the permit. Open door – After a number of attempts to find a contractor to replace two large, exterior doors on the east end of Hope City Hall brought bids that were considered unreasonable, Cook will seek a waive bid ordinance from the board to have the work done by Artex Overhead Doors at a cost of $6,853.89, not including installation costs, which Cook notes is the lowest estimate received in the past two to three years. Some $5,000 has been budgeted for the replacement work. Antique truck – The City owns a 1948 Seagraves ladder truck, formerly used by the Hope Fire Department, and stored in the former National Guard Armory building on Springhill Road. After the City approved a land swap with the County for the property, it has become necessary to remove the truck from the building. Cook is seeking direction from the board about disposition of the truck, which is too old for firefighting service.

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