Caraway talks volunteer firemen compensation

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Caraway City Council met Thursday, Sept. 9, to discuss city business. All alderman were present for the meeting along with several city employees and residents.

The Council voted to include funding in the 2017 budget for compensation to volunteer firemen present for monthly business meetings. Attendance has been low recently and the monetary incentive of $5 per meeting will be included in hopes of encouraging an increase in presence.

All council members voted in favor, with Alderman Bo James abstaining, to add to the budget.

The city has looked into replacing fencing around the city park. High bids for the work led to the decision to place new posts to support the original fence which will be reused.

The city webpage is in the process of development. Photographs of the city have been provided for the first page of the site.

Terry Couch, water superintendent, shared a second trenchbox has been purchased for an estimated $5,000 including equipment.

"They allow us to do things that would not be possible to do otherwise," Couch said.

An update on the clean up of properties in disrepair was given by Mayor Barry Riley. He shared nine ordinances have been issued along with continued contact with owners and continued efforts are being made.

"There are some places in town that look bad," Mayor Riley said. "We're still working toward clean up."

A resident inquired about discarded furniture left on curb sides throughout town.

"We've got a sudden outbreak of furniture in Caraway," he said.

Mayor Riley said owners are responsible for disposal of large items such as couches. Alternatives to reasons preventing disposal will be looked into in an attempt to aid in the clean up.

Fall Fest is scheduled Saturday, Oct. 29. A small car show is in the works along with booths and activities for all in attendance. Alderman Roger Williams invited anyone with further interest to contact him at 870-275-2344.

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