Caraway city councilmen hired two new part-time policemen last week to fill vacancies left by recent resignations.
After a half hour of deliberations in executive session, the council voted unanimously to confirm Police Chief Jerry Vaughn's recommendation to hire Shannon Kelems and Adam Reed as new part-time officers, beginning immediately. The police staff currently consists of Toby Rand, full-time officer, assisted by Chuck Nichols and Dwight Whittenburg, auxiliary policemen.
The council also approved the purchase of an X26 Advanced Taser, at a cost of $1,000, and one PBT (portable breath test machine), estimated to cost $400.
Caraway Mayor Joe South presented a four-page X26 Advanced Taser Police Department Policy, to be used only when force is reasonably necessary to bring an incident under control. The council adopted the Taser policy.
"The officers would only use the taser while protecting their lives or that of another person," South said. "They will be trained and will comply with the policy and procedures pertaining to the use of the taser."
"The Caraway Ambulance Service did not receive their annual $3,000 donation last year," James said. "This is something that really helps us out."
"Will the $20,000 raised not suffice?" Mayor south said. "How much money does the ambulance service have now?"
No response was received to the question.
"The city has always made the donation," James said. "I just didn't want us to come back later this year and the council think we were asking for a second donation."
"Do you really think we would do that?" South said.
No response was received.
The council voted to donate $3,000 to the Caraway Ambulance Service for the year of 2005.
The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be at 6 p.m. March 9, at city hall.