Caraway Council completes plans for 2011

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Caraway City Council reviewed progress made by the city in 2010 and completed plans for 2011 city improvements and department budgets when the council met Tuesday, Jan. 11, for the regular council meeting

Mayor Barry Riley reviewed city events for the year 2010. Highlights included the hiring of a new cemetery caretaker, naming Billie Pendegrass as new Park Commissioner, and placing Mark Shasteen on the park board following the resignation of Larry Mason. He listed work done on the community center and gazebo wall by area Riverside youth, the annual citywide Easter Egg Hunt, fishing rodeo, car show, 4th of July picnic, National Night Out, Fall Fest, and Christmas Parade.

Two new tornado sirens were installed in the summer, city streets were repaired, and city factory building was leased to Delta Grain Bag System. Five grants totaling $118,000 were received in 2010, the water tower was scheduled for painting, and the city hall roof was scheduled for repair.

"We placed 'In God We Trust' at city hall and in the council quarters," Riley said. "We have a lot of accomplishments to be proud of last year and hope to have another great year in 2011."

The council discussed the bid from DMB for city hall roof repair, but did not take any action.

A bid of $52,000 was accepted from Pittsburg Tank to paint the water tower. Part of the cost will be taken from a special water account fund to be put with the grant money.

A city $21,000 certificate of deposit was cashed in to help cover the Fireman and Police Retirement Plan expenses.

An emergency was declared and Ordinance 2011-1, revising the 2010 Caraway Water & Sewer Department budget, was passed on all three readings.

Across the board raises of $1,200 were given to city employees. Christmas bonuses will be considered at a later date, as money becomes available. The raises were made retroactive to Jan. 1, 2011.

An emergency was declared and the council passed Ordinance 2011-2 accepting the proposed 2011 budget for Water and Sewer Department, Street Department and General Fund on all three readings.

Mike Adams was given a contract to mow the rodeo arena area and land south of the city pond.

Barrett Construction was paid $160 for their help in obtaining a $105,000 grant to buy a new city ambulance.

The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, at city hall.

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