The Caraway City Council approved the retirement of Police Chief Jerry Vaughn and appointed his successor at the regular city meeting held Thursday, Sept. 10.
Mayor Barry Riley read a letter from Chief Vaughn announcing his retirement effective Oct. 1. The letter was dated Aug. 31.
"We will be holding a retirement party for Jerry on Sept. 30, from 2-4 p.m.," Riley said. "This will be his last day on the job."
Mayor Riley recommended Pete Hicks be promoted to police chief to succeed Vaughn.
"I think Pete has done a good job," Alderman Mark Bell said.
The council unanimously approved Hicks as police chief following Vaughn's retirement.
The city will advertise for a new full time police officer to fill the vacancy. Only certified officers will be considered. The starting salary was set at $25,500. A special council meeting was set for 6 p.m. Oct. 1 to review the applications and hire the new officer.
The council approved a grant application to purchase a new Dodge police car, equipped with a video camera.
Mayor Barry Riley announced a police car video camera had been ordered for $5,450 using grant money previously acquired.
Buildings on main street have been painted by Becky and Gary Brooks to beautify the city's downtown district.
Plans are to purchase a new city lawnmower following investigation of prices and trade-in. Street Department funds will be used for the purchase.
Plans are being made to apply for a $50,000 grant to paint the city's water tower, inside and out.
"It has been 15 years since the tank has been painted," Riley said. "It has received periodic inspections, and it is time to get it done. I don't know of any bigger priority that we have right now."
Alderman Bo James inquired about repair of the drainage problem in front of the Senior Citizen building.
"We are waiting on legislative funding to get this taken care of," Riley said. "We are aware that it needs to be done, and we want to do it. It is all about funding right now, and we are expecting the funds to arrive any day. If we can get it funded it will be better than taking the money out of the city's treasury right now."
"This will give us about two months to get it done before winter," Alderman Marvin Browning said.
"We will take care of it," Riley said.
The council discussed condemning property on School Street and is making an effort to locate the owner.
Concern over burnt buildings that have not been cleaned up was discussed along with unsightly buildings on main street near the new Gregg Funeral Home.
"Some of these buildings are real eye-sores," Browning said.
Plans are to hold National Night Out on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at the city park.
The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at city hall.