THAYER -- Thayer Mayor Allen Deckard and council members remind parents and children in the community that there is an ordinance stating that skateboards, coasters, roller skates and similar devices are unlawful to ride on sidewalks and streets within the city.
The mayor said he also wants to bring it the attention of people in the city that it is unlawful for anyone to ride a bicycle or other vehicle propelled by human power on the sidewalks. He said on the first offense for skateboarders, juveniles (16 and under) will be given a copy of the ordinance. The police will have the right to take the skateboard and have parents pick it up.
Those who violate the ordinance and are over 17 for the first offense will also be given a copy of the ordinance. The mayor said for each offense after that it will be a written ticket and a $25 fine.
"Let's work together to keep our sidewalks and our streets safe for pedestrians and vehicles," he said.
The mayor said he appreciates the citizens of Thayer for being good neighbors.
The mayor sat down recently with the South Missourian News (SMN) and gave an update of events going on in the city.
"Most everyone is keeping their grass mowed in the city. We appreciate the efforts in helping keep our city looking its best," the mayor said.
The mayor praised the city workers and said he and the city council appreciate and thank the city employees for a job well done.
"We recently put a new metal roof on the buildings at the pool and cemetery. The guys did a great job," he said
Cingular has built a new tower in the city industrial park. The mayor said he has had lots of calls from area residents wondering when it will be in operation.
He said it should be soon. "The city is receiving $500 a month leasing the 75-foot by 75-foot lot for the 250-foot. tower. This leaves plenty of room in the 40-acre industrial park tract for other growth," the mayor said.
He added that a new building has been built to house the electrical equipment needed for Cingular operations.
When asked about the Thayer Municipal Airport, Mayor Deckard said Vaisaala Inc. operates a lighting detector sensor site at the airport site just off V Highway near Thayer.
He said the lightning detection equipment consists of a satellite dish, antenna and other associated electronics.
"The National Lightning Detection Network benefits the city as well as others in the detection of lightning studies that are done nationwide. This lease brings in $1,200 a year in revenue to the city," the mayor said.
"City officials and council members have expressed to me how much they appreciate the help and support the citizens of the city have given this past year. I echo these sentiments," he said.