Council to review change in city manager
THAYER -- After taking care of regular business and paying bills, the Thayer City Council went into closed session to discuss an ordinance that would change the city manager position in the city to city administrator.
Upon re-entering the meeting room, the council voted to table the vote on the ordinance until a later meeting to review the ordinance language.
In other business, the council voted to look into trading a two-year-old backhoe owned by the city for a backhoe with a loader bucket. The cost for the city would be $16,000 if the trade takes place.
Thayer city well number four went out Dec. 12 and the council discussed replacing the well with either a line-shaft well or a submergible well. No decision was made.
The Missouri Department of Transportation Aviation Department recently inspected the Thayer Airport. Mayor Allen Deckard informed the council the inspection showed the lights at the airport were not adequate.
The council voted to have Gary Barton apply for a grant from MoDOT for $175,000 to upgrade the lighting system. The grant would be a 90/10 matching grant.
The council voted to send Thayer police officer Michael Bunting to Range Master School in Jefferson City. Since the retirement of Thayer police officer Don Smith, the police department has not had a certified range master. If Bunting passes the course he will be qualified to certify the officers in weapon training.
The council voted to give all city employees a 25-cent per hour pay raise starting Jan. 1.
Thayer Chamber of Commerce officials Bob Eckman and Ron Cornelius were at the meeting to thank the city for help with projects throughout the year. The chamber officials told the council they were considering asking the council to put the sales tax that failed in November back on the city ballot, but the chamber had not made a final decision.