Caraway Council recognizes retiring employees

Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Caraway Mayor Barry Riley (right) presents Lisa Taylor with appreciation plaque for her years of service to the city. (Town Crier photo/Nan Snider)

Caraway Councilmen passed a Mobile Video and Audio Recording Equipment Ordinance at the council meeting Thursday, Dec. 18. The ordinance provides principles and guidelines for the utilization of mobile video and audio recording equipment by the city's law enforcement agency.

Applications will be received for a new police officer position until 4:30 p.m. Jan. 8, 2009. Salary for a non-certified officer was set at $23,000 and $25,500 for a certified officer.

Several applications remain on file that are less than a year old.

"I think we should readvertise for the position, so we can get some new applications," Police Chief Jerry Vaughn said. "If we hire someone in January then it will be August before we can get them in certification classes, if needed."

"I think we should first consider the part-time officers," Jerry Murphy said.

The council discussed formulation of an agreement between officers and the city for training expense payback should the officer not stay at least two years.

Mayor Barry Riley reviewed the 2009 proposed budget with the council. The budget was adopted as presented.

An emergency was declared and Ordinance 2008-2 was passed to accept the 2009 budget on three readings.

"We need someone to clean city offices one day a month for eight hours," Riley said. "This will include city hall, library, police department and the city council meeting room. We pay minimum wages."

The council agreed to advertise for the position.

Riley announced the city had received a grant for $22,000 for establishment of a park on the property across from the post office.

"We may be updating our design," Riley said. "We need to open a Main Street Project account at the bank for use of these funds."

The council voted to open the account with signatures cards for Mayor Riley and Rick Stevens.

Riley announced a new 35-foot flagpole had been donated for the Caraway Cemetery. Alderman Diane Powell requested a new U. S. flag be purchased for the cemetery.

Aldermen expressed their appreciation for outgoing clerk Lisa Taylor and aldermen Brent Powell and Mike Vaughn.

Mayor Riley presented Taylor with an appreciation plaque for her years of service.

The next scheduled council meeting will be 6 p.m. Jan. 8 at city hall.

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