Caraway Council talks city improvements

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Caraway City Council made plans for improvements on the city arena and Fire Department and promoted two employees, with pay increases at the council meeting held Thursday, March 14.

Mayor Barry Riley reported there is electricity at the new arena, and forms have been poured for placement of the bleachers next week.

Alderman Marvin Browning expressed concern for maintenance of grass growth under the bleachers. Suggestions from other councilmen included periodically spraying herbicides or covering the surface with slag or chat.

Mayor Riley agreed to contact the Craighead County Road Department about cost and delivery of chat, or to check into potential donation of slag by Nucor Steel.

Mayor Riley reopened discussion on potential rental fees for use of the new arena.

"We have tossed around a 10 percent rental fee," Riley said.

"I don't think city organizations should be charged for using the park for a rodeo," Alderman Mitchell Tipton said. "They are volunteering their time, and these events draw about 800 to 1,000 people into the city."

"We have a half built rodeo arena that needs to be finished," Riley said. "It has been hard to get the arena where it is now, and events will be needed to raise money to complete it and maintain it. We need to work up some agreement where the event planners at least pay for the lights and for the rental of port-a-potties."

Riley asked the council to think on it for a month and come back with some workable ideas.

"I don't want to deter anyone from having events in the park or arena, but we need to give this some more thought," Riley said.

Fire Chief Scotty Browning reported tanks for firemen have been certified, lights added to the back bay of the fire station, roof work completed, insulation in back bay, and installation of the overhead door completed.

"Since the roof has been completed, and no longer leaks, now we need to repair the ceiling," Browning said. "The falling pieces are now a safety hazard. Barton's estimated it would cost about $1,400 to fix the ceiling and insulate. We plan to use Act 833 money to do the work."

The council allocated $2,000 for repair of the ceiling and insulation of the fire station.

After a short executive session to discuss promotions the council reconvened to promote policeman Kevin Tucker to captain, with a $3,000 raise. Johnny Boatman was appointed assistant water and waste water superintendent and also received a $3,000 raise.

Mayor Riley announced the annual Caraway Easter Egg Hunt would be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30.

Clean Sweep will be held April 21 with items placed curb side for pick-up.

Aldermen reported properties on New York Street and Main Street need cleaning and maintenance, along with several other random residences throughout the city.

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

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