Caraway Council accepts trauma kits, hires officer

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Caraway Fire Chief Scotty Browning presented Police Chief Pete Hicks with three police car trauma kits for emergency use while on duty.

Fire Chief Scotty Browning addressed the Caraway City Council May 9 and expressed his concern for Craighead County officers who were involved in a recent shooting.

"Our policemen need trauma kits in each police car to have in case of emergency," Browning said.

Browning presented Police Chief Pete Hicks with three trauma bags for placement in Caraway police vehicles.

Police Chief Pete Hicks reported hiring Dennis Hiser as new full time police officer. Hiser comes to the force with 13 years experience.

The council approved a request by Water Superintendent Terry Couch to purchase a used dump truck for $4,500, with cost taken out of the city's 1-cent sales tax revenue.

The council agreed to lease the mowing of remaining city property to Gary Toombs.

Mayor Barry Riley announced plans to hold the annual Fishing Rodeo on Saturday, May 18.

Several guests were in attendance to discuss ordinances and regulations for placement of mobile holes on lots within the city.

"We can't discriminate against people wanting to put mobile homes on lots in Caraway," Mayor Riley said. "At one time lines for residential and commercial boundaries were set but no map was attached to the ordinance. We are checking to see if we can locate a map in the Jonesboro clerk's office. We can't regulate by ordinance as it is now, but they are to be single-family only dwellings. No multiple dwellings are allowed at this time."

Guests suggested the reactivation of the Caraway Planning Commission to regulate and zone the city. Other concerns included the decline in local home values and need for new businesses.

"We can turn this thing around," said Deborah Taylor. "We need an active Planning Commission to work on it."

"We can become a bedroom community, with the new steel mill going in at Osceola," Alderman Mark Bell said. "This is a great opportunity to attract people to Caraway.

"Leachville is full of steel workers," Taylor said. "People in Caraway have made sacrifices to build up our town. We can't let it dwindle away. We all have to get involved, and not be apathetic about it. We are getting a new school and we all need to work together as a group to grow. We can't let our property values continue to go down. We need to look at incentives to businesses to locate here."

"We all feel the same way, and so does the city," Bell said.

"There is money out there in sustainable grants that could help some," Couch said.

"We need to re-establish the Planning Commission," Alderman Mitchell Tipton said.

The council discussed yard clean up and the status of Basler Electric property.

The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be 6 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at city hall.

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