Caraway hires new PD officer

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

The Caraway city council met in short session Thursday evening and voted to hire new full-time policeman Adam Reed.

Reed's salary was set at $24,000 per year, with an additional $1,000 bonus when he has completed academy training.

Mayor Joe South reported the bridge over Asher Ditch into Bowen Subdivision, where a big wash out had occurred, is scheduled to receive a new bridge.

Upcoming event dates were announced.

The annual Easter egg hunt, sponsored by the city park commission, will be held on April 15, beginning at 1 p.m. The children's fishing rodeo is set for June 3, with the senior citizen fishing rodeo on June 5.

Clean Sweep is slated for April 10. No curb-side pickups will be provided but special arrangements can be made by calling city hall.

Water Superintendent Terry Couch reported the city is experiencing a magnesium build up in the water, due to need to replace filtering media.

"The last time we replaced it the cost was $3,195," Couch said. "Valves will need to be replaced. The water is not contaminated, nor will it affect safety, just the quality of water."

"This is going to me a must-fix, either now or later," South said.

The council voted to appropriate money for the repair and for replacement of one filter at a time.

Mayor South reported the city has received a new breathalyzer machine and taser.

Alderman Bo James requested a donation for the American Heart Association, for the Heart Walk to be held in Jonesboro on March 25 at Joe Mack Campbell Park. The walk is sponsored by the County Sheriff's Department and the City of Jonesboro.

The council approved $500 for the walk, the same amount they give to Relay for Life each year.

James also requested approval of a new addition to the existing fire station to house the Caraway Search and Rescue unit.

"The extension will be 18'x44', with a 10'door and a walkthrough door," James said. "They can pay half of the $6,700 if the city can pay the other half. They need the space now and hope to acquire more equipment. This would help us show our appreciation for what they do. They will pay for the insulation later on. They will also make the ground grade to lay concrete, which is a money saver."

The council unanimously approved the extension, and agreed to pay half of cost.

Alderman John Boatman commended Mayor South and Terry Couch for the good job the did at the city barn.

Visitor Jerry Murphy requested the city print the rodeo and cleanup dates on customer's water bills, to get the word out to more people.

Mayor South agreed to look into the possibility.

The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be on at 5 p.m. April 13 at city hall.

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