Maintenance ordinance sets limitations

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Caraway City Council set limitations to the new maintenance ordinance when the council met Thursday, July 12.

The council declared an emergency and passed Ordinance 2012-5 on the third and final reading, stipulating details of the recent lot maintenance ordinance 2012-4 passed in June of this year.

Grass height is not to exceed eight inches, before it is declared out of compliance. An agricultural use provision was also added as a variance to the ordinance and must be used at the discretion of the Caraway Mayor and Chief of Police with a special waiver.

A check for $3,376.37 was received this month for revenue collected from the once cent city sales tax. The council voted to set up a new account to keep the revenue separate from general funds. Mayor Barry Riley and City Treasurer Rick Stevens were approved to sign account signature cards.

The council approved $8,500 for the first stage of electrical wiring for the new Caraway Rodeo Arena.

"That will leave us with $12,000 in the arena account," Mayor Riley said. "Another $16,000 will be needed to get electricity completed."

The council discussed placement of the new arena bleachers, footing for bleachers and ways to retard grass growth underneath for maintenance.

The council approved the purchase of a city credit card, for use mainly by Mayor Riley, Water Superintendent Terry Couch, Water Secretary Marsha Stevens, and Police Chief Pete Hicks. Pre-approval for use of the card must be received and receipts kept to balance the account charges.

Mayor Riley and the council expressed their appreciation for work done by the Park Commission, Lion's Club, city employees and Craighead County personnel during the recent Fourth of July celebration.

Caraway will have a ball team represented at the double elimination softball tournament on July 21 at the Lake City Park held in honor of Kalee James, a Hodgkin's Lymphoma patient. Proceeds will go to support the James family.

Mayor Riley announced blue prints have been drawn to rebuild the Caraway Fire Department with five bay entrances and a 75x75 foot structure. A civil engineer has been hired to work on the project.

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

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