The Caraway City Council hired new full time policeman Micheal Yocum and worked out a retirement package for current Police Chief Jerry Vaughn at the Thursday, July 9, meeting.
Yocum was recommended for the position by Chief Vaughn.
The council went into a short executive session to consider the nine police applications. Yocum was the only certified officer seeking the position, and the council expressed appreciation for his desire to join the force.
The starting pay for Yocum was set at $26,600, which will include all holiday pay and on-call time pay. Yocum was slated to be on active duty starting July 10.
Yocum, his wife Katrina, and four children currently live in Jonesboro but will be relocating to Caraway as soon as housing can be secured.
Chief Vaughn addressed the council concerning his desire to retire this fall. Vaughn requested pay for his 110 sick days, nine vacation days, seven holidays, and potential Christmas bonus.
"If the doctor gives me a clean bill of health, I plan to retire before Sept. 30," Vaughn said.
The council voted on a retirement package for Vaughn if he retires by Oct. 10, 2009. He will be paid $15,976.80, with limitations on holiday pay and no consideration for Christmas bonus, as no plans have been made for any city bonuses at this point. If Vaughn does not retire by Oct. 10, the retirement package agreement is null and void.
"After Oct. 10 we would have to negotiate the amount," Mayor Barry Riley said.
Alderman Roger Williams challenged the council to set a good example and conduct all business of the city in a positive way.
Riley announced that Jerry Barrett has been hired by the city to work 20 hours a week under the Work Force Program.
Riley commended the Caraway Lions Club and the City Parks Commission for the good job they did during the Fourth of July celebration week.
A request was made for wheelchair accessibility at the entrance to the park.
Riley reported work on the sidewalk uptown near the new Gregg Funeral Home has been completed and two new wheelchair accesses have been added.
Fire Chief Bo James requested two sets of turnout gear for the two new firemen, at an estimated cost of $3,000. Two pagers will also be needed at an estimated cost of $712.
The council voted 5-0 to approve the gear and pagers for the firemen. Cost will be taken out of either Act 33 money or the Equipment Fund. James abstained from voting.
Mayor Riley reported the new recycling truck would arrive before the Aug. 13 council meeting.