The Caraway City Council established new mandatory garbage ordinance regulations at the Thursday, Oct. 11, council meeting.
After a brief discussion the council passed Ordinance 2012-6 on the first reading, with second and third readings to follow during the November and December council meetings. The vote was 5-1, with Alderman Bo James casting the vote against the ordinance.
The ordinance defines times of collection for mandatory garbage and refuse collection for residential and commercial properties, and sets a penalty for non-compliance.
Containers are to be placed 10 feet of the property curbside no sooner than 14 hours prior to pick up, and must not be left there longer than 24 hours after pickup.
Debris not picked up will be the responsibility of the residence. Any violations of the ordinance will be punishable by a $25 fine per day, not to exceed $250.
The council reconsidered applying for a grant to construct a new fire station, and elected instead to apply for a lesser grant to make repairs to the existing station. Areas needing attention include bathroom facilities and roof.
Three new sets of firemen turnout gear were approved for purchase at a cost of $2,000. The current year was purchased 10 years ago.
Tar has been placed on the Senior Citizen roof, but potential grant money is also being considered for placing a new gabled roof. The city will advertise for roof bids.
Mayor Barry Riley announced the city was cleared by the State Legislative Audit Committee.
Halloween will be observed from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, with curfew at 8 p.m.
Clean Sweep was held Monday, Oct. 22, with the same rules as the 2011 pick up.
Notice was received from Entergy that the price of electricity for the rodeo arena would remain $8,600, and the city is seeking a grant to help with cost.
A public meeting will be held at the U.S. Post Office at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, to consider possible closing.
Mayor Riley requested that work on the arena bleachers and electrical work be completed so the existing grant could be closed out.
Mayor Riley commended Police Chief Pete Hicks and patrolman Kevin Tucker for filling out a $4,200 grant to purchase a radio, siren box, three night vision goggles, three metal detectors (to look for weapons), and a new computer.
Mayor Riley, City Clerk Rick Stevens, and Aldermen Mitchell Tipton and Austin Zamora met Oct. 15 to discuss the 2013 city budget.
The Caraway Masonic Lodge will hold a pancake breakfast from 6-9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.
Terry Couch reported trees are dying on the railroad property and requested the county be contacted to remove them so new trees could be planted.
The council expressed their appreciation for work done by Lynn Haag and Mark Shasteen in preparation for the upcoming Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 27.
The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at city hall.