Caraway Council OKs employee bonuses

Friday, November 26, 2004

The Caraway City Council worked through a short agenda at the regular council meeting Thursday.

The Council passed Resolution 2004-3 to continue the same rate of county millage collection rates for 2005, set at 1.8 mills for real estate and 1.8 for personnel.

National Incident Management System Resolution 2004-4 was passed, as recommended by Homeland Security.

Caraway Mayor Joe South reported that the new tornado siren was in, paid for, and ready to install.

"I think we need to do something about Christmas bonuses," alderman Roger Williams said.

Mayor South gave Williams a copy of the general fund budget to examine.

"I would like to do something too, but I don't know where we will get the money," South said. "We have three police employees, two water and sewer, two street, and two office workers, with three part time employees."

Last year Caraway gave $400 for full time employees and $200 for part time.

"We have completed all our work on the ball park equipment and are supposed to get our money back," South said. "Now I hear that we might not get that until January."

"We could pull money out of a C.D., if necessary, as they deserve a bonus," Alderman Marvin Browning said.

The council discussed possibly cutting the bonus in half or delaying it. South explained that the city has a C.D. due to be rolled over this month.

"We have a total of three in the general fund and one in the street fund," Rick Stevens, recorder said.

"It means that much to me, if we have to cash in a C.D., then I think we just have to do it," Williams said. "These people deserve it. We just have to find a way."

After a brief discussion the council voted unanimously to set the bonuses the same as they were last year, $400 and $200.

Alderman John Boatman asked if the firemen would receive their checks this month.

"Yes," South said, "at the banquet on Dec. 6. The tax revenue should be in by then."

The council granted a request by Joe Tipton, for a letter to the Arkansas Workplace, stating that the bait shop be declared a city approved business.

Maudene Barnes addressed the council concerning the lack of pavement on Jennings Drive.

"We have to get the sewer job done first," South said. "We have to get the people on line. We need pretty weather between jobs. We don't have street experts to fix the street and would have to borrow the money to get it done now. We will do what we can."

"Have the city's two trailers been sold?" Bo James asked.

"Yes," said Mayor South.

James asked if there was proof of purchase, and South said yes.

"Were improvements made to them on city time?" James asked.

"No they were not," South replied.

The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 9.

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