Caraway Council thanks outgoing member
Caraway Mayor Barry Riley and Council members thanked outgoing Alderman Mark Bell for his dedicated service to the city at the Thursday, Dec. 8 meeting. It was the last meeting for Bell who has served on the council for eight years.
Councilman Roger Williams said he wanted to personally thank Bell for his service.
"I have enjoyed working with you through the years," Williams said.
Bell said he has enjoyed serving the people of Caraway.
"It has been a joy to serve on the council," he said. "I appreciate the Mayor, the council, and the department heads. We may not have always agreed on every issue but we managed to work together and serve the people."
Mayor Riley asked council members if they had any change suggestions in the 2017 proposed budget introduced at the November meeting. Mayor Riley distributed copies of the budget for the council to review. He said the budget will be presented for approval at the January meeting.
The council accepted the letter of resignation from Billy Pendergrass who serves on the park commission.
Following the review of the financial statement, Mayor Riley noted a utility savings on the community/senior building since the renovations were done.
"We have had almost a $6,000 over this time last year," Mayor Riley said.
Mayor Riley was pleased to announce the city had a good exit audit on the 2015 water budget.
"The auditor did advise us not to go down on our water rates," Mayor Riley said.
Riley went on to say it is a decision for the council members.
The Council voted unanimously to rent the Basler property (owned by the city) to Helena Seed for $1,300 a month, which includes utilities, with a 12 month contract.
Mayor Riley the seed company wants to use it for a warehouse.
Mayor Riley asked about selling a trencher the city is not using.
The council agreed to get a list of items the city is no longer using and take bids.
"If we don't take bids, people may think they did not get a fair shot," Councilman Bo James said.
Williams announced the parade will be held on Saturday night.
"We've always had the parade on the first Saturday night and this year we moved it so not to interfere with others in the area. We have some floats signed up."
He invited anyone with tractors, cars, motorcycles or skates to come out and be part of the parade.
"We have the lights on Main Street and the lights in the park," Williams said. "I appreciate it. We are collecting toys and food to be distributed. Last year we gave 108 toys to children and gave 48 boxes of food to families. We will be collecting up to Dec. 15 and will deliver the food on Dec. 17.
Toys will be distributed the week before Christmas starting on Dec 17-24 at the old Lions Club room in the city hall complex.
Toys and food can be donated at Caraway Dollar General and Caraway General Store.
Mayor Riley informed the council there will be a swearing in ceremony at Black Oak at noon on January 2.
Mayor Riley asked to move the January council meeting from Thursday, Jan. 12 to Tuesday, Jan. 10. There was no objections to the move.
Councilman Mitchell Tipton asked about needed repairs on floor tiles and lighting at the senior center.
"It is good the utilities are down but there are a few things that need to be done," Tipton said.
Councilman Bo James asked about repairs needed to the old dress factor building. He said it needs windows replaced and gutters repaired.
James went on to say he had been asked if the city can check with Ritter about the high cost of cable bills.
Mayor Riley said the city does not have any control over the cost of the service but he could ask.