At a special meeting of the Thayer City Council at 2 p.m. Oct. 8, Thayer Alderman Junior Brewer announced he would be resigning his position on the Thayer City Council.
Mayor Merle Williams said Brewer had resigned due to health reasons. Williams said former Thayer Mayor Al Clark has been appointed to fill Brewer's position until the spring election in April.
Clark was sworn in as alderman by Thayer City Clerk Missy Webber at the regular council meeting at 7 p.m. that evening.
Clark served as mayor for the city of Thayer from 1995-1998. He said his seat on the council would be representing the south ward of the city. "I will be involved in streets, the cemetery and parks," Clark said.
The new alderman told how his appointment came about. "I was asked by Mayor Williams to consider the alderman seat. I told him I have always been interested in the city and cared for the city and I would accept the position if it would help Thayer," Clark said.
Clark said while he was mayor his main focus was trying to get employment into the city for area young people. He said he also made improvements to the water system for the city. "When I was first elected we had water trouble. There was not enough water and in some areas not enough water pressure. We accomplished getting a new water tower and new well while I was mayor," he said.
New work hours for city employees were announced. The mayor said a poll was taken by all city workers last month and the majority of the employees wanted to start work at 7:45 a.m., have a 45 minute lunch and have the work day end at 4:30 p.m.
In the past, employees worked from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with an hour off for lunch. They worked 7 1/2 hours and were paid for 8 hours. The new work hours began Oct. 7.
Thayer Emergency Management Director Mark Arnold was at the meeting and addressed the council about new flood plain maps. Arnold said he had been in touch with state officials regarding the flood plain in the city. When the last flood plain map was released last year, several residents and businesses were moved into the flood plain area of the city and they felt like the move was unjustified, Arnold said. This time Arnold said he will be keeping a close eye on the maps.
"The last information I had, the new maps should be out by sometime in February. I guarantee you I will watch these maps like a hawk. We are not going to get into the same mess with these maps as we did with the last ones," Arnold said.
Pam Brown asked the council for permission to open a beauty shop in her home, located at the corner of Seventh and Walnut Street in the city.
Williams told the council he had already discussed with Brown the ordinance pertaining to a business in a residential area. The mayor said Brown said she would comply with all guidelines which include not having more than two rooms in the home as part of the business; there can't be a sign larger than four square feet and it has to be attached to the house; and there can be no advertising for goods or services outside.
The mayor said because the house is in a residential area it needed to be kept looking like a residential area. No action was taken by the council on Brown's request.