Caraway message center will arrive soon

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Caraway Mayor Riley reported the new LED message center would arrive in two weeks when he addressed the Caraway City Council Thursday, Feb. 9. He requested an additional $1,228 be allocated to wrap the base of the sign to conceal wiring.

The council approved the additional message center cost as requested, bringing the total sign expenditure to $14,228. The sign was purchased from Hinson Display Signs in Blytheville.

"The city paid for the fire truck and we are just waiting for the title," said Mayor Riley.

Mayor Riley reported Entergy refunded the city $1,372. The city had requested the electrical meters at the ballpark be shut off during the winter months and turned back on in the spring. Entergy had billed the city $160 a month for 24 months.

The city's contract with Delta Disposal will end on April 12. Bids will be received from new garbage disposal suppliers Monday, Feb. 13, through March 6 at 4:30 p.m. The bids will be opened at the next city council meeting on March 8 at 6 p.m.

The council agreed to sponsor a $250 donation to the DARE program.

The decision to form an Industrial Development Commission to deal with the former Basler Electric property was tabled until the March meeting.

Mayor Riley reported CPA Tim Short has completed the city's 2010 audit and is working on 2011.

"The 2010 audit is very good, and Tim (Short) wants to present them both for review after the 2011 is completed," said Riley.

The council discussed the feasibility of purchasing a $4,000 trailer to haul and store 5,000 pounds of Rice Brand products used by the Water Department to treat the water at the city pond. The council will wait on the report from Water Superintendent Terry Couch before making a purchase.

The council approved the use of city park property by Rowe's Chapel Baptist Church for a tent revival the last week of March.