The Monette City Council filled the unexpired term of alderman Earl Read, hired a new policeman and made plans for cleanup week at the regular council meeting March 28.
The council went into a short executive session to select someone to fill the vacancy left by the late Read. The council chose Joyce Read to fill the ward 3 position, effective immediately. Mayor David Fletcher appointed Read to serve on the Oversight Committee, along with aldermen Ernestine Harrell, Steve Suber and Byron Sparkman.
Police Chief Brian Carmichael announced policeman Kevin Holt resigned March 23, and policeman Charles Garr started law enforcement academy on March 17.
"We have had six people apply for the police department opening, three are certified and three are non-certified," Carmichael said. "We have one young man who stood out among the rest, and he is already certified."
Carmichael recommended Aaron Murphy, former Brookland police officer, for the position.
After a short executive session the council voted to hire Murphy to fill the position left by Holt.
Alderman Sparkman announced plans for the city-wide cleanup week, for the first week in May.
Mayor Fletcher reviewed the Arkansas Senate Resolutions honoring the Class AA Buffalo Island Central senior boys state basketball champions, the BIC senior cheerleaders state champions, and the academic achievement of receiving a 21.5 ACT composite score for the 2003-2004 school year.
Councilman Harrell reviewed lots in Monette needing to be cleaned up. Lots included those on the corner of Honis and Nance, on S. Edmonds, Drew and Caruthers, and dilapidated shed on corner of Texie and Reeves. Mayor Fletcher agreed to send letter to owners stating the city ordinance for proper maintenance.
Alderman Harrell reviewed Susan Clifford's recent visit to Monette and a meeting with the park committee and Monette Youth Association concerning a new grant. Harrell outlined improvements planned for the ball park and need for signing agreement to comply.
The MYA will host a fun day at the city park on April 2.
"A ribbon cutting will be held as soon as possible for the new ice cream shop on Drew Avenue, owned by Melissa Pendegrass and her mother," Harrell said. "We are proud to have another new business in town."
"Craighead County will hold an Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., in Jonesboro," Mayor Fletcher said. "It is titled Protecting Our Children's Health."
Black Oak will host its annual city-wide fish fry at noon April 16 at city hall.
Mayor Fletcher related he had not received a report on the recent Fire Department ISO inspection results, geared at lowering insurance rates.
The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. April 25 at city hall.