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Council supports sales tax

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Council says community should make decision by votes

THAYER -- The Thayer City Council passed a resolution at their Oct. 11 council meeting to support the Thayer Community Betterment Association's (TCBA) efforts to place a half-cent sales tax on the Nov. 8 election ballot.

The TCBA first approached the council regarding the tax issue at their Aug. 9 council meeting.

Thayer Mayor Allen Deckard and the board of aldermen agreed the residents of the community should make the decision about the tax and said they would support the decision made by the voters when they go to the polls.

Deckard announced at the meeting that the police department would receive a grant to pay 62 percent of purchasing two stunguns for Thayer Police officers. The total cost of the stunguns is $2,298. The grant money will come from The Missouri Insurance Risk Management Association (MIRMA). Deckard said the officers would attend an eight-hour course to learn how to use the stunguns.

The council discussed the new sidewalk project in the city. The project will include 1,600 feet of sidewalk from the high school to the East Meadows Apartments along Highway 142 East.

Deckard said this is the first year of a 15-year sidewalk project. The city received a grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation for $98,730 for the project.

Gary Barton, of the Thayer Utility Department announced the city had requested and received a $2,103 grant from MIRMA to help purchase a battery powered crimping tool. He said the total cost of the new tool is $2,804 and the grant would cover 75 percent of the cost. He said the city was trying to reduce or eliminate the use of manual crimping tools by city employees. "By adding these tools to the other specialized tools the city employees use, we (the city) will be reducing the risk of injury and possible work related claims by reducing stress and fatigue." Barton said.

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