Caraway in need of officer
The Caraway City Council discussed the need for an additional police officer at the regular meeting held Thursday, Oct. 10.
Caraway Mayor Barry Riley told the council a police officer quit a few weeks ago leaving the city again short handed on its police force. He said the remaining officers including those that work part time are now carrying heavy work loads.
"We need someone whether it is a part-time officer or someone that we will need to send to school. We are going to have to have someone," Riley said. "We need help with this heavy work load. "Police Chief Pete Hicks wants to know if the council wants to advertise for an officer again."
The council agreed to place ads for a police officer. A noncertified officer that will have to be sent to school will start out at a salary of $27,000 and a certified officer will start out at $28,200. Riley went on to say the city was informed this week by 911 dispatch that they will no longer forward phone calls for the police department. Citizens can still call 911 for emergency calls but all other calls need to go to City Hall during business hours.
"We are not the only ones this has happened to," Chief Hicks said. "We had too many non-emergency calls coming into the department that 911 dispatchers were having to forward. Things like complaints about dogs, questions about when parades start or when the carnival is."
Riley explained the city has purchased an answering machine for the police department and citizens can leave a message, but if it is an emergency can still call 911.
In other business the Mayor announced there would be a ribbon cutting for the city's rodeo arena at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, and the city's Harvest Festival will be Saturday, Oct. 26. After this year's Harvest Festival will be a bull busting event at 6 p.m. at the Caraway Rodeo Arena. Riley also informed the council that grants for the new veteran's memorial, concession stand and community center have all been submitted.
Before adjourning the council discussed several streets that have holes and need to be filled. Mayor Riley said the city will look into those before the next meeting.