(Town Crier photo/Nan Snider)
Lisa Taylor, newly appointed recorder/treasurer, was in attendance at the meeting, along with all six aldermen.
The council voted to donate $500 to the upcoming Relay for Life, doubling what they had donated yearly in the past.
Merle Bard was presented with the State Waste Water Operator of the Year Award, by Water Superintendent Terry Couch. The selection for the award was announced at the annual Waste Water State Conference, held in Hot Springs.
"I think that excellence deserves recognition," Couch said.
Caraway Mayor Joe south announced that the electricity to the park entrance had been changed and is ready for the upcoming Fourth of July celebration.
"We have also paid for our fencing, and are now ready to file for reimbursement from our grant," South said.
The council voted to allocate $8,500 from the general fund to purchase pipe and fittings to be used in completing the city's sewer project.
"We will purchase pipe and then the customers will pay for it when they hook up," South said. "We will not make the purchases all at once, but as needed. This will mostly be for customers in the west section, and are estimated at about $250 per household."
After a brief executive session, the council emerged to hire new policeman Toby Rand at a salary of $24,000 per year, with a $1,000 increase when he completes his academy training. Two part time police officers, Steve McFarlin and Chick Nichols, were also hired.
Alderman Kenny Weathers announced that Dale Adamson has consented to come to Caraway and do a survey on properties for sale. Mayor South agreed to get in touch with Adamson.
The council also discussed rental of the dress factory, mosquito sprayer, street repair and the city flood plan.
The new tornado siren is set for testing at noon Saturday, April 23, unless the weather is cloudy and overcast.
The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be at 6 p.m. May 12, at city hall.