Caraway Council OKs water rate increase

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Town Crier News Staff

The Caraway Council completed plans to raise city water rates at the Thursday evening, July 12, council meeting.

An emergency was declared and the city passed the Water Rate Increase Ordinance 2007-3 on all three readings. Increases for water were discussed and passed at the June meeting, and this ordinance finalized the city's efforts to stabilize the rising cost to produce water for city customers.

"We have made a lot of progress this month on city improvement projects," said Mayor Barry Riley. "We cleaned up the sewer pond, fish pond, rodeo arena, old Barton lot, and managed to paint the stage in the park.

"Everything was in place for our Fourth of July celebration."

"The recent clean-up campaign left the city looking fine," said Alderman Bo James. "I am proud of what everyone has done to make it a success."

Alderman Diane Powell reported a trash can in front of the Post Office that needed to be emptied. Riley agreed to have it taken care of.

Plans are underway to locate and secure a grant to help finance the purchase of a new police car. Mayor Riley agreed to look for grant possibilities and bring back to the council.

"We need to proceed with a grant any time we can get one," said Councilman Marvin Browning.

"We need to get our paper work done on this, so we will be ready," said Alderman John Boatman.

Plans to resurface the city tennis courts with either concrete or asphalt were discussed. Resurfacing will require removal of the old court cover, which was laid over concrete. Grant possibilities were also discussed. The job will require the services of a civil engineer.

Alderman James was instructed to get a price from area contractors to resurface the tennis courts and report back to the council.

The Caraway Rodeo Association needs eight large 70 foot southern pine support poles to finish the arena. Riley reported they currently have three, leaving five to purchase. Cost to purchase and have poles delivered is estimated at $1,554 each.

"They have about $21,000 left in their account, after paying for fencing," Riley said. "The city is responsible for the account, and these decisions need to be made by the council."

After a brief discussion, the council voted to purchase five poles, with the cost to not exceed $8,000.

The new city lawn mower was on display on the lawn of city hall preceding the council meeting. Councilmen expressed their satisfaction with the new equipment.

The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 9 at city hall.

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