Monette Council hires new policeman

Thursday, August 5, 2004

Police concerns and filling a vacant police position were addressed at the regular Monette City Council meeting July 26.

Monette resident, Bill Fleetwood, spoke to the council concerning traffic on Texie Street, near his home, plus procedure for stopping people who do not come to a full stop at stop signs.

Police Chief Brian Carmichael responded to Fleetwood's complaints saying that a rolling stop at a stop sign, even when no cars are coming, is against the law, and drivers should come to a full stop at a stop sign or risk being ticketed.

No ticket was issued to Fleetwood but an officer did stop him when he did not come to a full stop.

After a short executive session to consider filling the open position for city policeman, the council voted to hire Charles Garr.

Monette Mayor David Fletcher read a letter from Joe Barnett with the Arkansas Highway Department, concerning the widening of the Highway 18/Highway 139 intersection.

"Plans are to widen the intersection in 2005 and to change out the traffic light," Fletcher said.

In other business:

*Plans are to spray city twice a week for mosquitoes.

*The home of Brice and Melinda Wells was selected as July Yard of the Month by the City Beautification Committee. A yard sign, framed certificate and potted plant was presented to the Wells.

*Vickki Carroll gave a report on the Monette Youth Association and ongoing grant application work.

The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 23 at Monette City Hall.

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