THAYER -- Thayer Mayor Allen Deckard began his second term as mayor in April. "It has been an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Thayer. I believe we have accomplished a lot," the mayor said.
"Our sidewalk projects are all completed that was in the budget for this year," Deckard said. "We tried to start with the ones in most need of repair. Each year we repair as many as money will allow. This year we spent $2,919.75 on the sidewalks. The city has also spent close to $1,000 in supplies for the walls around the city to be repaired, and the labor, of course, on both the walls and sidewalks was done by city employees."
The mayor said a new addition in the Welcome Center has been completed at a cost of $31,440. The center is located in a train caboose near McDonald's. The city signed a four-year lease with the chamber of commerce for the Tourist Center. The chamber is responsible for providing attendants daily for the center.
"Earlier this year the city received a $10,000 grant from the South Central Solid Waste District for a leaf vacuum," Deckard said. "This has helped the problem of burning leaves in the city. It stops pollution in the air from fogging over our city. The smell of burning leaves is harmful to some residents with breathing problems. Citizens put leaves curbside and the street department workers pick them up and distribute them to a compost site. In time we hope to be able to offer free compost to our citizens when the leaves are left to deteriorate long enough."
Deckard said everyone seems to be enjoying the remodeling that has been done at City Hall. "It has a brand new look, with new tile and underlay on the floor. The lighter color has also brought more light. The city employees who worked on the project did a good job. At the Thayer Cemetery we have been able to put metal roofs of the cemetery buildings and remodeled the office at the cemetery. Again, city workers did this project and did a good job," the mayor said.
The mayor said this past year the city has purchased two trucks, one for the park department and one for the electric department. "A police grant was also received and allowed us to purchase a 2003 Ford Crown Victoria for the police department. Our cost was $5,000. We have spent $14,000 upgrading vehicles this year." Deckard said.
"I am proud of the safety measures city employees have put into effect to lower city insurance premiums. Our cost last year was $57,563. This year it is down to $35,335," the mayor said.
"This was a huge savings of $22,228. The city is graded on a point system for safety measures and rules that are obeyed from our safety manuals. The city employees did a great job," the mayor said.
He said careful planning is done each year to get the most out of gas tax dollars to improve city streets. "We spent $106,630 on streets being repaired or replaced last year," he said.
Deckard said the city's sales tax revenue was $387,913 for the year beginning July 1, 2004, and the franchise tax revenue was $27,127. He said the leased land at the Thayer Airport brought in $7,300 in revenue this year.
"All in all we have had a good year. By working together, things are moving at a good pace," he said.
"For things to get done, it takes community effort along with the city for good things to happen. I personally want to thank the citizens of Thayer for their help and cooperation they have given to stand united as a community, with each doing their part to move forward. I am proud of the accomplishments that have been made."