THAYER -- Thayer Mayor Allen Deckard said that the city of Thayer has progressed well in 2005. He said he is proud of the accomplishments the city made this past year.
"We owe our city employees a big thank you for all the work they did this holiday season putting up our Christmas decorations and making our city look its best," he said.
Deckard said the ladies in the office at City Hall helped by putting wreaths together and decorating the tree at Augusta Park. "It is always a pleasure to drive around town and enjoy the Christmas lights that the city has done and also the ones that citizens have decorated their homes with this season. Many people come and drive through our town just to enjoy the decorations," he said.
The mayor said it has been a pleasure to work with citizens and employees this past year, getting things done to make the town look good for tourists passing in and out of town.
Deckard said he has always enjoyed working at Fun and Friends Senior Citizen Center helping with the home delivered meals. He said the seniors in Thayer are an important part of the town and everyone appreciates the good things they do. He added that the city is fortunate to have such a great group of seniors in Thayer.
"City employees and myself participated in the Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society in May. We all enjoy the relay every year and the money goes for researching and finding a cure for those who desperately need a cure. This year we collected $3,403," the mayor said.
Deckard said the city applied for and received a MoDOT Grant for $77,930 this year. He said the money will be used for the 15-year sidewalk program. "This project is 1,600 foot. People who live in the housing area have voiced a need for a way to walk to Wal-Mart and Wallace and Owens without having to walk on the main road. Weather permitting, the project should begin in January or February," he said.
The mayor said this year the city council voted to annex property near the state line. He said this includes Flash Market and the Mammoth Spring Lodge. Deckard said this expands the city limits for whatever growth the city has in the future.
Deckard said some streets in the city were resurfaced last summer, as many as funds would allow. He said the city spent $46,308 on the street project.
Two Mile Creek was cleaned out this summer at a cost of $3,400. Deckard said this was done to keep the Warm Fork Creek area in the city from flooding.
"We had to replace a water pump at well number five. The new pump and labor was $42,421. This had to be done to keep an adequate water supply in the city. The city is currently in the process of replacing water well number four with a new submersible pump and new pipe. The cost for that project is estimated at $36,000," the mayor said.
Deckard said a new dechlorination system is under construction at the wastewater treatment facility so the city will be in compliance with Department of Natural Resources. "The building cost was $13,338. The building and all installation will be done by city employees. Each year repairs and updates have to be done to keep our water system working properly and in compliance with the law," he said.
Deckard said the concrete has been poured for the new electrical department building, and the work will be continued as manpower is available to finish the building. It will cost the city $19,537. It is located near the street shed on Holmes Road.
"We also remodeled Thayer City Hall this year. It cost $3,778 plus labor to complete the project. City employees did all the remodeling work," Deckard said.
The mayor said the leaf vacuum is in operation and is working well. He said it helps keep pollution out of the air in the city by residents not burning leaves. "This has been a workable solution to our leaf problem. The leaves are taken to the composite site located near the recycling center and once they have decayed they will be available to the public free of charge for farmers and flower beds," the mayor said.
Deckard said some of the items the city has purchased this year include a police car that was purchased with a grant for $5,000 shared by the city, a generator for $2,475 to be used in emergency situations, weed eaters, lawn mowers, typewriters, chairs and other needed city supplies. He said the city has been able to provide continued education to the water and electric employees to be able to better serve the citizens of the city.
"All in all it has been another good year in the city of Thayer. I appreciated all the citizens who have worked long and hard beside our city employees to help make our city show progress in so many areas that take a team to complete. I hope everyone had a merry Christmas and I wish them a happy new year," the mayor said.