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Helicopter pad underway

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Photo by Jan Thompson Employees with the city of Thayer began work on a new helicopter pad in the Thayer Industrial Park last week. Earlier in the month the Thayer City Council voted to build the pad
THAYER -- Construction on a new helicopter landing pad in the Thayer Industrial Park began last week.

The Thayer City Council voted at their regular meeting June 12 to give the go-ahead for the landing pad.

The industrial park is located just off U.S. Highway 63.

There are currently two landing zones in the Thayer area -- at the high school football field and at the Thayer Municipal Airport just off W Highway.

The need for a new landing pad had been discussed by the council for some time due to concerns of some of the citizens who said the airport was too far from town in case of an emergency and a closer location was needed for a helicopter to land.

The council also heard from representatives from MoDOT and Burlington Northern/Santa Fe Railroad concerning closing the railroad crossing by the Thayer Police Station.

Bruce Chinn from Burlington Northern and Don Schwartze from MoDOT addressed the council about closing the crossing due to safety issues. Chinn said in the near future the railroad expects increased train traffic on the tracks which will lead to more regulations.

Schwartze told the council if the city decided to close the crossing MoDOT would provide a low water bridge over the creek that runs through the park.

The council had some concerns regarding access to the park if the crossing was closed and also noted that Cover Lumber Company used the crossing to get to some of their warehouses to load and unload trucks.

No decision was made regarding closing the railroad crossing. The council did call for a special meeting to get community input June 20.

Thayer Mayor Merle Williams said he was disappointed in the turn out by the community at the special called meeting.

Williams said the city is still gathering information regarding closing the crossing and is waiting for Burlington Northern /Santa Fe officials to come up with some drawings or sketches of the proposed bridge.

He said he invites the community to get in touch with him and tell him their feelings about closing the railroad crossing.

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