Council accepts $35,000 grant

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

CARAWAY -- The Caraway City Council reviewed state grants and county amendments at the regular council meeting held Thursday evening, Oct. 14.

The council passed a resolution accepting a $35,000 grant for replacement of the City Municipal Building roof.

"We will be placing a metal roof on the building," Caraway Mayor Barry Riley said. "The city's part of the grant will be $16,000, and it will be well worth it. We currently have received three bids on the job, but I think we should go ahead and advertise and see what is out there."

"The roof is in bad shape," Alderman Marvin Browning said. "This is our chance to get it done right."

A special grand fund will be set up and signatures of Mayor Riley and City Treasurer Rick Stevens will be required for signing checks from the account. The $16,000 will be transferred from the city's General Fund before project work begins.

Alderman Bo James inquired about the feasibility of taking $5,000 from three different department budgets housed in the facility, instead of all from the General Fund. No decision was made to divide contributions.

"I looked at the possibility of using the Factory Maintenance Account money for the city's part of the grant but was told this could only be used on maintenance of the factory building," Riley said.

"We have many leaks in this building," Riley continued. "Our Water Department Secretary Margaret Glidewell has to put plastic over her desk at night, just in case it should rain and water would drip on her work and equipment."

Establishment of the special grant account from the General Fund passed unanimously.

A Water Generator Grant account will also be established with a check received for $26,000. Riley and Stevens will also co-sign checks for the account.

The council passed Amendment 2010-4 setting the county millage rate at 1.8 for real estate and personal property tax.

Riley explained the two percent interest cap on bank loans and the request for competitive collection rates for Arkansas. No action was taken.

A city cemetery clean-up is set for 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16.

Halloween will be observed in Caraway from 5-8 p.m. Saturday Oct. 30. A curfew was set for 10 p.m.

The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at city hall.

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