Caraway Council approves grant application for fire equipment

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Caraway council voted to pass a resolution allowing Mayor Barry Riley to pursue a grant application for the Caraway Fire Department at the Aug. 14 meeting. The matching grant in the amount of $2,500 will be used to purchase equipment.

Board members John Boatman, Bo James, Marvin Browning, Mark Bell and Roger Williams voted unanimously to remove Tim Dawson from the Park Commission. They then voted unanimously to appoint Hunter Brandon to the Park Commission.

The council voted unanimously to lease the former Basler Electric Building for $1.25 per square foot which will be $22,500 per year. The building will be advertised on the Arkansas Economic Website.

The council voted to give $500 on some blow-ups to be used at this year's Fall Festival. Monies will come out of the miscellaneous funds.

Mayor Riley informed the council the insurance check from the most recent wind storm damage is expected soon. The total amount of the check is $36,623.50. Riley added he would check into damage at the equine arena that was not covered on the statement.

Bids were opened July 23 on the Main Street Project. The project must be started by Sept. 8, 2014. Project engineer is David Pierce with Atlas Asphalt. Atlas was awarded the bid. Council agreed to look into the cost of extending the project from St. Louis Street to the east end of Main Street.

The Caraway Community building will be repaired. Repairs include the roof, ceilings, furnace work and replacing two air conditioning units. The total cost will be $50,624 with a grant of $52,000 to cover the cost of repairs.

Upcoming events will be "Bucking of the Bulls" at the Caraway Equine Arena at 7 p.m. Sept 6.

Roger Bell gave a report on events of the Equine Arena. He said he is continuing to try to sponsor events that will draw support. A rodeo is scheduled on the day of the Harvest Fest, Oct. 25.

Tillman Goss helped with mowing work due to David Roberson being off work due to illness. Tillman was paid from the Street Department funds for 24 hours of work.

The council discussed property in the city needing cleaning up. Mayor Riley said city ordinance papers had been served by Police Chief Pete Hicks.

Mayor Riley commended Jimmy Howell and Ronnie Junyor for their recent help with city cleanup.

Other discussions included problems with dogs running loose and checking into city lights and light poles not working and in need of repair/replacement.

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