The Caraway City Council reviewed more than 20 applications for the new police officer position at the council meeting Thursday, Jan. 8.
After a lengthy executive session to hire a new police officer, the council reconvened without making a decision. The council narrowed the applicants down to three and set a special meeting for 1 p.m. Jan. 17, to finalize their decision.
Jerry Brown was chosen to fill the cleaning position for the City of Caraway, with an agreement to work eight hours a month at minimum wage.
Mayor Barry Riley announced the $2,700 grant funds had been transferred from the general fund to a special fund, for accounting purposes.
Riley announced the city had exceeded its 2008 budget for the Water and Sewer Department.
The council declared an emergency and passed Ordinance 2009-1 on the third and final reading to adjust the 2008 budget.
Mayor Riley explained that added expenses would be included for necessary equipment repair.
Shirley Murphy and Brenda Walker voiced complaints about dogs running loose on School Street, Jennings Drive, and Kelly Street.
Mayor Riley assured them the problem would be taken care of.
The worn American flag has been replaced at the Caraway Cemetery.
The council approved the use of $2,400 from Municipal Expenses for Mayor Riley to attend the Washington, D.C., Fly-In 2009 trip sponsored by the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce from Feb. 28 to March 4. Delegates will tour the White House and attend a reception with Arkansas Senators Blanch Lincoln and Mark Pryor. Luncheons and receptions are coordinated during the trip to allow participants to meet with the Arkansas Congressional delegations and their staffs to enlighten them as to concerns in their individual areas.
Alderman Mark Bell addressed his concern for un-enced swimming pools in the city. No decision on the issue was made.
The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, at city hall.