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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Former Thayer Municipal Clerk Rosie Simpson swore in newly elected Thayer Mayor Merle Williams at the April 9 Thayer City Council meeting. Also sworn in were from left: City Tax Collector Janice Tolar, Williams, newly elected Aldermen Joe Barbee and Junior Brewer.

THAYER -- Reorganization and the swearing in of new officials was the highlight of the agenda when the Thayer City Council met in regular session at city hall April 10.

City Clerk Rosie Simpson swore in new Mayor Merle Williams, two new aldermen, Joe Barbee and Junior Brewer, and Municipal Tax Collector Janice Tolar.

Alderman Steve Alford was elected mayor pro-tem and Joe Barbee was elected treasurer.

In the absence of Allen Deckard, long-time Alderman Buddy Rogers oversaw the meeting until the April 3 election results were certified and the new council was sworn in.

Mayor Williams turned a portion of the meeting over to those in attendance giving them an opportunity to address the council about concerns they might have.

Ken Moore who lives on Chestnut Street was first to speak to the reorganized council. "My neighbors and myself have had an ongoing problem with the sewer in our neighborhood and have for some time," he said. Moore said the sewer has been backing up and been a problem for years. The council was in agreement that they would look into the problem and try to get it fixed.

Marge Shipp was at the meeting to commend the local volunteer fire department. She told the council that recently there had been a fire in her neighborhood and the Thayer Volunteer Fire Department responded very quickly and very efficiently. "Because of the location of the fire it could have easily gotten out of control if not for the quick action of the fire department," Ship told the council. Glen Crase echoed Shipp's comments saying that his family too had experienced a fire and he commended the local fire department on their quick and efficient service.

Thayer Chamber of Commerce representative Ron Cornelius addressed the council concerning chamber activities and invited the council to any and all chamber meetings saying he thinks the council and chamber can work well together. He reminded the council that the chamber would be sponsoring its annual Dogwood Daze activities in the city May 5.

Local Elks representative Marty Komm told the council his organization would be hosting some community activities next month including a duck race at Warm Fork Park during the first weekend in May and reminded the council the Elks Mobile Dental Unit would be in town May 7-10.

Jennifer Hobbs was hired as the pool manager for the upcoming summer season. The council voted to increase single day admission to the pool from $2 to $3. They also voted to increase pool rental from $65 to $75 and voted to increase pool passes per family starting at $35.

The council voted to re-new the dumping contract the city has with King Johns.

The new council voted to move the local driver's license examination location from the police station to Thayer City Hall because of accessibility to restrooms and a request by officers with Troop G who gives the examinations.

After meeting in closed session, the council returned and voted to re-hire all city employees and to re-appoint municipal Attorney Jerri Lee Caskey and Municipal Court Clerk Missy Webber. They voted not to re-appoint City Clerk Rosie Simpson.

Mayor Williams said the city will be accepting applications for the city clerk position and also for the electrical superintendent position recently held by Gary Barton. Williams said Barton submitted his resignation April 10 and it was effective immediately.

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