The Caraway council passed Resolution 2003-4, reinstating the county milage tax on real and personal tax when the council met Oct. 9. Real property will be assessed 1.8 mills and personal property will assessed 1.8 mills.
The council discussed the last month's request by Irvin T. Smith to place his Backwood Barbecue building on the city's arena property. Home Oil Company previously owned the property where Smith's business had been located, and Smith had been asked to relocate. The city had nothing to do with Smith being asked to leave his previous location.
Mr. Smith has since purchased property from Suzanne Daniels and is in the process of placing his business there.
"Our arena is coming along good," Mayor Joe South said. "I am looking forward to having rodeos, tractor pulls, and events there. Right now all our volunteer workers are busy trying to get their crops out."
Mayor South announced that the new Dollar General store was up and running. James Alsup will serve as manager. A grand opening will be held on Oct. 11 and 12.
Mayor South announced that the Fall Clean Sweep will be held on Oct. 13-17, with a dumpster to be placed at city hall.
He also said the light placed by Entergy near the home of Dalton Taylor, west of Caraway, has been placed on the wrong pole. Mayor South agreed to call and request that it be corrected.
Alderman Roger Williams inquired about possible street paving for 2003. Mayor South said there would probably not be any paving this year, due to tight budget. Cold patch and concrete fillers were discussed.
"We may have to budget paving for next year," South said. "We can fill up holes until our finances improve."
Several complaints have been received concerning the red Dodge truck, parked on Main Street, belonging to Todd Ashabranner, and council decided to review city ordinance governing action to take for its removal.
The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 13 at city hall.