The Hope City Board held their 2nd meeting of the month Tuesday (3-17). The board considered four bids for a new landfill loader. The bids ranged from $132,405 to $ 153,000. The board voted to buy a John Deere for $ 136,485 from Stribling Equipment in Texarkana. This item was the second lowest bid the city received and this one was the one recommended by Dave Rose of the landfill. The John Deere had a better warranty and also had better features for the city’s needs. The city has canceled a new truck for the landfill, the board would use some reserve funds and lease /purchase the remainder of the cost. The board approved the purchase and approved an emergency clause. The board approved an audit agreement with Emrich & Scroggins. The agreement will be for two years. The city has used the firm for the past several years. Under the city manager’s report Catherine Cook noted the street committee meeting has been postponed due to the ice, snow, and rain. Cook noted some streets the city didn’t think needed work may need work due to the weather. Cook noted the city has has had pre construction conferences with the company doing the state aid street project and the city rail spur rehab. Cook also noted the first city wide clean up is April 25th. Director Mark Ross complimented the city on their speed in taking down the Fink /Shanhouse building. The board also discussed holding a revenue planning meeting April 14th. Mayor Dennis Ramsey paid tribute to Wesley Woodard who passed away unexpectedly Tuesday. Woodard was the long – time director of the Economic Development Corporation.