The Caraway City Council finalized plans for use of the Rural Development Grant, applied for an Arkansas Heritage Grant, and updated their Police Department policy at the regular council meeting Jan. 17.
Mayor Barry Riley displayed the "Arkansas Volunteer Community Award" plaque that was presented to him by Governor Mike Beebe during the Winter Municipal League meeting in Little Rock last week.
"I plan to hang this in City Hall for everyone to see when they enter the building," Riley said. "This is quite an honor and it belongs to all the volunteers that work in our city."
MayorRiley reported the city came in under budget in 2007 and expressed his appreciation for the employees and council for keeping spending expenses down.
Riley submitted the application on Monday for a $25,000 grant from Arkansas Heritage to be used for the renovation of the fire department.
The council passed Resolution 2008-1 to show support for the Craighead County Disaster Multi-Jurisdiction National Hazard Mitigation Plan. The plan allows benefits from action resulting in a direct reduction of hazard risk to people and property from a hazard event.
Mayor Riley announced the approval of the Rural Development Association grant for $14,000 to be used in purchasing a new police car totaling $23,775.
"The car is at the Cavenaugh dealership now," Riley said. "It is a 2008 V* Dodge Charger, and comes in a complete package. All we will need is to equip it with a cage. We may have $1,500 in equipment money left and we will need to decide what we want to do with it."
Riley suggested opening an account at the Caraway branch of Heritage Bank for $12,000 and allow Riley and city clerk Lisa Taylor to have names on the signature card. The council approved the recommendation.
Resolution 2008-2 was passed for the confirmation of the city's acceptance of a Rural Development Grant and the terms of the grant.
"Pete's (Hicks) car has 142,000 miles on it," Riley said. "The car we purchased from Lake City has 70,000 miles on it. We can swap out the motors to improve one car, or buy a new motor. It would cost us $1,150 to swap out, and $2 to $3 thousand to buy a new one."
The council agreed to table the decision for a month in order to obtain more information.
The council went into executive session to discuss the discipline of an employee. After returning to regular session the council voted to set police vacation times from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, with no carry over days.
Terry Couch was given permission to start looking for a new sewer machine. The current machine is a 1979 model and is unable to remove roots and filler in sewer lines due to lack of pressure.
"Our sewer machine won't last much longer," Couch said. "It is simply passed its day. We have lines in the city that we can barley get through. Some places we have to check daily. We have to get a machine that can move this stuff. We had Roto-Rooter to come out and they charged us $681 for thirty minutes work. A new one should run around $35,000. We may be able to get it on a five-year note."
The council voted for Couch to start getting prices and bids for a new sewer machine and report back at the next meeting.
Two city street lights were reported to be going off and on. They have already been reported and the city is waiting on replacement.
The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be 6 p.m. Feb. 14.