CARYVILLE — The Caryville Town Council approved a pair of resolutions to seek grants to fund a water park and to bring the town’s water tower to state standards during their Sept. 10 meeting.
“The water park will be built across from Hodges Park and will be called Hodges Park number two,” said Town President Henry Chambers. “We’ll have a special meeting soon to let the grant writer explain the terms and conditions for these grants.”
The council approved of charging people $25 to park overnight at the Caryville Flea Market after Paron Beeco, supervisor of Caryville Flea Market, explained that all was ready for the weekend’s Flea Across Florida event, which is a flea market event on Sept. 13 and 14 stretching 272 miles from Live Oak to Pensacola held on State Road 90.
“We’ve got door prizes, pony rides and live entertainment,” said Beeco. “We’ve got some interested in parking because this is a pretty good half-way point on the route to and from Live Oak and Pensacola.”
Chambers reminded everyone to be thinking of ideas for fundraisers so that the town can replace the roof on the Caryville Civic Center.
“Also, if you could, when cats go through the garbage cans, please take the time to pick it up,” said Chambers.
Town Attorney Lyndia Spears gave an update in regards to a bill received in the amount of $16,510.
The council approved of Spears sending a letter of dispute and request of proof of documentation in reply to a contractor that sent the bill during the council’s June 11 meeting.
Spears explained that the town received two grants of $20,000 to build Hodges and Sellers Park in Caryville in 2010.
“This was before my time but as I understand it one of the parks went over budget,” said Spears. “However the town had paid off the over amount, which was quit a bit over $20,000. This bill says that the town owes a principle amount of $16,510 but fails to provide documentation, which is why I strongly advise the town dispute the bill.”
Spears said that the contractor still has yet to provide documentation.
“After some phone tag I was finally able to get hold of their lawyer and told her that they didn’t have enough paperwork to make a claim,” said Spears. “I also explained that it was impossible that the town owed that much money, if any at all, and a couple of invoices are not sufficient documentation.”
The Town is still looking for volunteer workers to transport commodities from Sunny Hills to Caryville, if you are interested please contact Caryville Town Hall at 548-5571.