The Horseshoe Bend City Council approved a $1,000 contribution to the reward fund for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators behind the recent string of burglaries in the area. The council took action at its April 17 meeting in the Horseshoe Bend Municipal Building.
"Nobody feels worse than those sitting in front of you," Horseshoe Bend Mayor Bob Spear said.
Faith Presbyterian Church Pastor Brien Nix Hall, who is also mayor of Ash Flat, sent a letter offering another $1,000 on top of the city's award.
"I don't know if any punishment will be suitable," Spear said.
Spear himself has also contributed $1,000 to the reward for the burglars.
The burglaries occurred in the Horseshoe Bend and Salem areas April 3 and April 11. The perpetrators broke into most of the churches in Horseshoe Bend as well as several businesses.
The council unanimously approved the hiring of a new part-time officer for the Horseshoe Bend Police Department.
David Estes, a former Fulton County deputy who spent a year in Kosovo, will be the part-time officer. He has worked 15 years in law enforcement and is a certified officer.
Estes will be paid at the rate of $8.50 per hour for the Horseshoe Bend Police Department.
The council unanimously approved to lay a hard surface on North Little Rock Road from Ben's Creek to Day Road. The distance of the road is 6/10 mile. The estimated cost would be $25,000 for a double chip and seal and it is not to exceed that amount, Spear said.
The Municipal Suburban Improvement District is not responsible for the road so the Horseshoe Bend Street Department will pay for the improvement. The street department will pay for the expenses from its capital reserve account.
The council unanimously approved Rapid Communications taking over the local cable franchise, Cequel III Communications, which operates the cable system in Horseshoe Bend. Rapid Communications recently purchased Cequel III Communications.
City Attorney Jim Short said Rapid Communications will still be bound by the original terms of the contract under which Cequel operated.
The contract the cable company has with the city will expire in 2008.