Water contract, factory rental on agenda
The Caraway city council met July 8 in brief session to review factory rentals and a proposed Buffalo Island Water Association agreement.
The council discussed the Basler Electric property and length of time required to finalize the take over.
"We are wondering just when this is going to be over, and we can go forward," Riley said. "Their plans are now to clean the property and then allow us to get control. They promised to get back with me next week. We are maintaining the grounds now in anticipation of getting the building."
Mayor Riley is continuing to search for grants for water and sewer equipment, but due to hectic schedule during the 4th of July weekend he has been unable to make a presentation of options this month.
The bid from William Asphalt, in Jonesboro, was accepted for $13,880 for work on Dallas, Waco, San Francisco, Tucker, and Jennings Streets as well as Hackberry Road. The council agreed to also pave the city hall and library parking lots and road near Deglo curve.
The council approved a factory building lease for $5,000 yearly for Delta Grain Bag Company, from Black Oak.
"We agreed to take care of damages, roof leaks, plumbing, etc.," Riley said. "They plan to hire about three employees but have hopes of expanding."
A fire hydrant was replaced near the factory and the cost to replace it was taken out of the Factory Building and Maintenance Fund.
Water Superintendent Terry Couch reviewed the contract received from Buffalo Island Water District.
"They have asked permission to cross our main water line on Highway 139, going west to east," Couch said. "In return they agreed not to hook up any customers inside the city limits of Caraway without permission from us. There is one clause that needs to be omitted, but other than that it sounds like a fair deal."
The council tabled signing the agreement until the August meeting.
Alderman John Boatman announced the annual Buffalo Island Car Show would be in held in Caraway from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, July 31.
Several reports of lights being out were reported. Mayor Riley agreed to check on it.
Alderman Bo James reported drainage concerns at Asher Ditch. Closer inspection will be done, and the ditch may need to be dug out. No action was taken.
Approval was given to the First Baptist Church to close Main Street, in front of the church, from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 22, for a church gathering.
Mayor Riley announced the city was undergoing its annual audit this week.
The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, at city hall.