Caraway council discusses improvements

Wednesday, July 16, 2003

The Caraway City Council met in regular session, on July 7, and worked through a short agenda.

The council passed Resolution 2003-3, to allow the City of Caraway to apply for a 50/50 matching grant from Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, for assistance in recreational development.

The City of Caraway has eleven acres of land for sale, near the sewage processing pond, on the north side of the city. Adjoining residents, in the Basler Addition, will have first choice at purchasing the land.

"We have had three of four people interested in purchasing the land," said Caraway Mayor Joe South. "This would allow them to add on to their existing property."

The city council agreed to retain the extra lot beside the new Dollar General Store, in case it is needed for arena expansion or parking.

A group of volunteers are working toward completion of a steele-posted city arena, east of the city park. The arena committee works under the leadership of the city, at present. Plans are to build a concession stand, pavilion and storage facility on site.

The council approved four percent raises, across the board, for city employees, retroactive to July 1.

"We would like to give more, and hopefully can do so next year," said South.

Mayor South reported on the planned construction of the new city shelter, adjacent to the city library. The 35 x 40 foot structure is to be earthquake and storm proof, and will hold 100-120 people. The shelter is handicapped accessible. The shelter at Riverside School is currently under construction, west of town.

South announced that the city had received a 50/50 grant, which will pay $483.19 on the new police bullet-proof vests.

Plans are to hold the cities annual "Night Out" on August 5.

Police Chief Jerry Vaughn announced that Scotty Browning has been hired as a new police officer.

"We now have six officers now, all homegrown, and all certified," said Vaughn. "Three are full time and 3 are part time. They work well together, and we are fortunate to have them."

Mayor South reported that the 4th of July celebration ran smoothly this year, with no conflicts, and that it had the largest parade ever.

The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be on August 14, beginning at 6 p.m.

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