Mayor Gary Looney called for a special council meeting for Thursday, January 12 at 7 p.m. The council held discussion over the Police and Street Departments, new Administrative Assistant, and a few other Bald Knob matters.
Chief of Police, Larry House, announced that they've found a new police officer and are still searching for two more new hires. If interested, it is preferred that all candidates be certified.
Looney stated that City Hall had met with three candidates for the new Administrative Assistant position and recommended Jody Watson for the role. The City Council unanimously voted for her to start after 2 weeks and will work 40 hours weekly at a pay-rate of $14.
The Street Department recommended that Kyle Johnson from the Water Department be transferred to the open Street Department position. Upon completing the transfer, Johnson will still assume the same pay-rate and will not lose his seniority with the City of Bald Knob. The City Council unanimously voted "yes".
John Falwell was also unanimously voted by the City Council to assume the role of Parks and Recreations Director. Falwell used to do the work for the City on his own accord and for free. The Council voted to pay him $650 per week.
The City Council also unanimously voted Councilman Johnny Hodges the ability to sign checks, and this will be added to the Minutes.
It was brought up in discussion, and unanimously voted upon, that Terry Pate's contract with the City be renewed so that she and others may stock the Concession Stand at the City Ball Fields.