City of Caraway donates to Relay for Life

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Town Crier News Staff

The Caraway City Council donated $500 to Relay For Life, on May 10, in honor of young cancer patient Caroline Taylor, age five.

"Caroline will be leading this year's Relay for Life parade as the honorary survivor," Mayor Barry Riley said. "She is a brave little girl. We have supported the Relay for years, but this year it touches close to home for us. We hope the $500 will help the fight to find a cure for cancer."

Other business included:

*Report on Basler property listed all beginning transactions completed, with 20 more lots in the second phase remaining for sale.

*Painting of city buildings, east of town has been completed.

*City dump truck and mower have been sold.

*Annual Easter Egg Hunt was deemed a success, with many children and families taking part in the festivities.

*Twenty-nine participants took part in the first annual city cemetery clean up, and positive comments have been received.

*Monette policeman Aaron Davis has received the drug dog that Caraway and other cities have invested in. Davis and the dog are currently receiving training and are expected to return to the eastern district next week for duty.

*Chief of Police Jerry Vaughn and Mayor Riley presented the new City Police and Policy Procedures Handbook, containing 21 different police policies. The council adopted the handbook unanimously.

*June 2 has been set for the annual Kid's Fishing Rodeo, beginning at 8 a.m. The pond will be closed until June 4, when it is opened for the Senior Citizen's Rodeo, beginning at 2 p.m.

*Mayor Riley reported on a Rural Service Black Grant made available to the city on a 90/10 split, to purchase new Jaws of Life equipment. The 1982 model Jaws for Life cost $39,584, with Caraway's share listing at $4,000. Riley reported that a private donor has agreed to donate $2,000 for half of the cost, leaving the city with only $2,000 to pay for the purchase. The council voted 5-0 to apply for the grant, with alderman Bo James abstaining.

*Discussion was held on the purchase of a new lawn mower.

"The city workers are having a hard time keeping up," Riley said. "They need another mower with a wider cut range."

Mayor Riley reported on several mowers, listing equipment range and cost.

The council agreed to table the decision to purchase, allowing time to obtain more information, and possible demonstration of the different mowers.

*Remains of trash still on the street from the recent citywide Clean Sweep will be picked up this week. Plans for next year include a one day set pick-up to avoid confusion abut the weeklong pick-up.

*The council discussed clean up of city ditches and old properties, as well as progress made on animal control policies.

*The next regularly scheduled council meeting was changed to June 7, to allow the Mayor and staff to attend a June 14 meeting in Hot Springs.

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