By NAN SNIDER Town Crier News Staff

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

The Caraway City Council met Monday evening, Oct. 11, and worked through a short agenda.

The Christmas Parade was set for Saturday, Dec. 11.The council discussed progress of work being done on sewer extensions.

"We are about 67 percent finished now and hope to get finished by January," Mayor Joe South said. "It all depends on the rainy season. "We have received several good comments on the work done by the engineers and contract workers. They have a good attitude and clean up after they finish the job.

"They are still working at the school. The safe room was not in the original sewer plans, and we have had to make changes to accommodate it." The council voted to begin new sewer charges when the first lift station fires up. Meters will be read when they are tied into the sewer lines. "There are about 28 meters north of town, and about the same west of town," South said. "We hope to hook up three or four a day. We have been able to save people money by doing the work ourselves. There will be no hook up fee for new service."

The city emergency siren has been ordered and the radios for activation have been installed.

The council voted to celebrate Halloween in Caraway on Oct. 30, rather than the traditional. Oct. 31. Trick-or-treating hours are from 5-8 p.m. and will work in conjunction with the city's fall festival. Caraway has a 10 p.m. curfew during week days, and 12 a.m. on weekends. The council granted the First Baptist Church permission to use the park on Oct. 23, for a church picnic.

The council discussed the disposition of two old lawn movers and agreed to sell the 1987 Yazoo mower to Terry Couch and the Husky riding mower to Merle Bard. Plans for a city Clean Sweep are ongoing but not confirmed. The council voted to hold the next council meeting on Nov. 18, due to the regular date, Nov. 11, being Veteran's Day. The council passed a resolution confirming the Hazard Mediation Plan, in order to maintain their eligibility with FEMA. The Mayor of Caraway was selected to serve as the council representative on that board, regardless of who the mayor is at the time.

Plans are being made to clean the Asher ditch in early December. The council discussed the feasibility of purchasing tasers for

policemen, but tabled the issue until Police Chief Jerry Vaughn could be present, and more information be obtained. Estimated cost per taser is $800.

A new street sign for St. Louis and Missouri will be replaced. "The motorcycle club will be having a 20 family yard sale at the

Riverside junior high gymnasium this Saturday, Oct. 23," alderman Roger Williams said. "It will begin at 7 a.m. and go on all day. We hope to raise enough money to purchase some new playground equipment for the school."

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