Caraway lots to be sold

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Town Crier News Staff

The Caraway City Council met on April 9 and finalized plans to sell the land adjacent to the Basler Addition, east of town.

Caraway aldermen passed Resolution 2007-2 agreeing to sell the 3.2 acres of land joining properties in the Basler Addition. The property is divided into seven lots of varying sizes. This will complete the first phase of the private sale of property.

Phase two of the city's land sale will include 20 lots, with average size lot being 80x131'. Each lot will sell for $1,500 and is for residential purposes only.

Gary Beeson addressed the council requesting renewal of Delta Disposal's sanitation pick-up contract. After a brief discussion the city awarded a five-year contract to Delta, who has been working for Caraway since 1997.

"Our city attorney has gone over the contract with Delta and sees nothing wrong with the agreement," Mayor Barry Riley said. "We have been very pleased with their service."

"We have enjoyed doing business with Caraway," Beeson said.

Caraway Clean Sweep is set for April 30-May 4.

In other business:

*The council voted to hire Rodney Wilson to paint the city-owned factory building and old city shop for his bid of $6,900. Plans are for the city to also replace gutters on the factory building. After a brief discussion the council chose to paint the buildings tan.

"He does a good job," said Brent Powell.

"We need a contract to protect us from over spraying and blowing paint," said alderman Bo James.

The council agreed to stipulate the painter's obligation for any over spraying. Payment for the painting will come out of the Factory Building Maintenance Account.

*Mayor Riley reported many houses had been cleaned up to comply with the city ordinance, and cars had been removed from the roads.

"The dog ordinance is going good also, as 33 dogs were picked up last month," Riley said. "There is a one time warning on dogs."

Alderman James questioned dogs being picked up on Tennessee Street three times in one week, and returned to the owner with no charge.

"I don't really know what happened here, perhaps they were different dogs," Riley said. "They have been told today not to do this. One thing I know for sure is that everyone needs to be treated fair."

"The pens at the dog compound have been cut for the second time this year and the dogs let out," alderman Marvin Browning said. "We have to keep people from going out there and doing this, to protect them. They did it seven times last year. We also need two traps to help Gary (Jeffers) and David (Robinson) capture the dogs, who know their truck and hide."

The council voted to purchase the animal traps.

*Riley thanked Joyce and Bernard Berry, Haley Faulkner and Catherine Hatchel for planting flowers around the city.

"We appreciate your help in making our city more attractive," Riley said.

*During the city financial review, Riley reported the Water Department was running behind about $2,000 and that $10,000 had been transferred to that account on Monday.

"It was even worse than this, but the amounts didn't make this statement," Riley said. "Our water rates survey is not completed yet, but this is something we need to work on."

*The city's cycle mower was sold to Jimmy Rogers for $35 and the 1968 dump truck was sold to Ronnie Williams for $300.

*Three thousand dollars was allocated for paving of Johnson Street.

*Five hundred dollars was donated for use of the new Eastern District drug dog, trained by Monette policeman Aaron Davis for tracking and drug search.

*April 21 was set for the Caraway Cemetery clean-up beginning at 8 a.m. The area will be picked up, land leveled, holes filled, and old flowers removed.

*April 28 is set for the annual Buffalo Island car show. Sign up will be from 9-11 a.m.

*All city officials have been invited to Rhodes Chapel Baptist Church on Sunday night, April 29, for an appreciation dinner beginning at 6 p.m. The invitation from Rev. Joe Ellis and Dale Haas goes out to all city, county and state officials.

*A report for trees needing to be trimmed on Payne Street, as they are obstructing the view. Also faded street signs across town that need to be replaced. Council agreed to take care of both.

*Council announced work on the new bridge had been completed.

The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be May 10, beginning at 6 p.m., at city hall.

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