THAYER -- An ordinance was introduced at the March 12 Thayer City Council meeting to increase electrical rates in the city due to increases in rates by electrical suppliers to the city.
Thayer Electrical Superintendent Gary Barton told council members the minimum rate an electrical customer in the city is paying presently is $4.25. He said rates need to be increase to a minimum of $4.63 in order to keep up with the 6 percent to 10 percent electrical rate increase suppliers will be charging the city.
He said one of the reasons for the increase is low lake levels.
City Clerk Rosie Simpson said the minimum electrical rate for Howell-Oregon is $12. Councilmen Steve Alford and Fern Hickinbotham made a motion the increase be tabled until another time until they could gather more information regarding the increase.
The council passed an ordinance annexing Highway 63 South into the city. In the past, rights-of-way along the highway had been annexed into the city of Thayer.
The council adopted a resolution to apply for a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to purchase a police car and cages and cameras for the new car. The cages and camera will cost the city $3,029 and the car will cost $3,737 if the grant is approved.
The council voted to direct City Tax Collector Janice Tolar to proceed with land sales. The land of people who own property in the city who are delinquent in property taxes for three years will be sold.
The council opened bids on surplus city property including 380 feet of 5-inch stainless steel rods and two well pump motors. Simpson told the council that four bids on the property had been received and the low bid of $1,101 was awarded to Van Baker.
The council passed an ordinance for the Thayer Municipal Court at the meeting. The oridinance allows a police officer who smells alcohol on the breath of a minor, even if no intoxicants are found, to charge the minor with possession by consumption. Officer Frank Bernard said this is in accordance with state laws.
The council passed an emergency vehicle ordinance. Under the ordinance, when motorists come in view of any type of emergency vehicle -- law enforcement, ambulance, fire truck or any other emergency vehicle -- they must move to the other lane of the highway if they are on a two-lane highway, and if not stop or slow down and proceed with caution.