CARYVILLE — Chair Henry Chambers informed the Caryville Town Council during their March 11 meeting that soon there would be two additional booths built at the Caryville Flea Market.
During the previous meeting it was approved, however delays prevented it from being built that month.
Chambers had voiced at the previous meeting that he hoped the expansion of the flea market indicated a growth of the town, as the influx of visitors and vendors to the flea market seems to have been growing over the last few years.
Supervisor of Caryville Flea Market Paron Beeco informed the Council that there were 30 days left until the next Flea Across Florida.
“We’ve got Kountry Carter doing a free concert on April 25 and hot dog fundraisers all throughout March,” said Beeco. “The Governor of Florida thanked us for inviting him to the Flea Across Florida but sadly he will not be able to attend this year.”
He said that on March 1, 8, 15 and 29 the flea market would be selling hot dog plates for $3 and on March 22 there would be pulled pork on a bun plates sold for $6 per plate, with all hot dog plates including chips and a soft drink and pulled pork plates including baked beans, coleslaw, chips and a soft drink. Proceeds from the fundraisers go to purchasing entertainment for the weekend of Flea Across Florida.
Chambers informed the council that the town would be looking into replacing a broken light at the Caryville Ball Field and would inspect the surrounding light poles for potential damage due to age and rot. He said he would present his findings to the council at the next meeting.
Caryville Volunteer Fire Department Gene Forehand informed the council that someone was interested in purchasing the engine from one of the fire departments’ oldest and disabled fire truck, explaining that the motor had been rebuilt over the last few years but now a vital component was broken leaving the truck disabled and the fire department without proper funds to fix it.
“We haven’t used it in a while and we’ve got trucks that run fine,” said Forehand. “We can do with getting rid of it.”
After much discussion the council decided that Forehand is to get an estimate from the potential buyer, compare it with the possibility of selling it for scrap metal and present the council with the quotes at the next council meeting.
Chambers told the council that someone was inquiring about staying at the RV Park overnight and was informed that the rates were $25 per night.
Chambers said that the council should consider at checkout time.
A resident volunteered services for setting up an automated messaging system to give potential RV renters options for inquires and the ability to leave their number to be contacted later.
Chambers said the town would first put a sign up indicating the rates and then he would discuss the possible volunteer service at a later time.
The next scheduled Caryville Town Council meeting is set for 6 p.m. on April 8.