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Mayors take a look back at '06

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Mammoth Spring Mayor Jean Pace

MAMMOTH SPRING -- 2006 was a good year for Mammoth Spring. We saw our tourism and sales tax revenues increase due to the advertising done by the Chamber of Commerce, the Mammoth Spring State Park and the Advertising and Promotion Commission.

We were again able to improve streets, the water and wastewater treatment system and the city park with the increase in revenue and donations.

Being named a Tree City USA because of the tree conservation efforts completed by the Tree Board and city employees allowed us to be eligible for grants to purchase tree trimming equipment. More than 200 trees were planted in the city park, at the Lasseter River Access, the school campus and senior citizen center.

Successful grant proposals allowed us to purchase a new police car, radios, hoses and nozzles for the fire department and a new dump truck which will be delivered after the first of the year.

Materials for an addition to the fire station have been delivered and work should start on that project soon.

Additional Christmas decorations, benches and cigarette butt containers were added to our Main Street with funding from the Advertising and Promotion Commission.

Assessments of our water and wastewater systems by auditors, USDA and an independent assessment firm all reported that these systems are well managed.

Plans for 2007 include our storm alarm system, continued improvements to the water and wastewater treatment systems while trying to hold our rates as low as possible, continuing to pave streets as the budget will allow, continued improvements to the fire department, and backup generators for our water system.

Thayer Mayor Allen Deckard

THAYER -- Our Christmas decorations are up and looking fantastic. Thanks goes to the city employees who work hard every year to see they are in place for the Christmas parade held the first Saturday of each December. We decorate the city as well as we can with decorations we already have, and some are made by employees who have really skillful hands that create the Santa, reindeer and other scenes used in our Christmas decor.

Our senior citizens are a great part of our community and work so willingly with the shut-in home delivered meals. They also work at the senior center in any way they can to keep it running smoothly. It is a pleasure to work and deliver meals with the other folks at the center.

I have been well pleased by the unity of the community in getting things accomplished this year. The wind storm in July pointed out how well our community works together and helps each other when times are hard. I appreciate the patience of our citizens in the cleanup effort of all the trees and limbs that had been removed in our city. The street department reported over 400 loads of trees and limbs removed from the city.

One of our own employees was honored for 40 years of service with the city this year. Darrell Phipps, we salute you for your many years with the city. He has worked in the water and electrical departments in the past and now works in the street department.

Our city employees and I participate in the Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society in May each year. All of us enjoy doing our part to help fund research for the American Cancer Society. This year we collected $3,300.

The annexation of Highway 63 South to the Missouri/Arkansas state line was completed this past year. We were happy to annex land into the city limits which will bring in more sales tax and property tax for city revenues.

A new 2006 International firetruck was purchased for $185,000. Mark Arnold, our EMA director and assistant fire chief wrote a FEMA grant application for $175,750 and the city and Thayer Rural Fire Department put in the $9,220. This is a major upgrade for the fire department because the one they were using was a 1966 Ford tanker. The new truck has a 330-horsepower International diesel engine and will pump 1,250 gallons of water a minute. It holds 1,500 gallons of water compared to only 1,000 gallons held by the old firetruck.

In October the Thayer Police Department received a USDA grant for a new police car. We will receive $10,300 for the car and an additional $9,000 for safety equipment.

New outside cameras have been installed outside the Thayer Police Station for security reasons. The department also received full side cover vests that cost $3,832 in compliance with our insurance policy.

Water meters were offered for the first time to residents who use outside water faucets for watering lawns and gardens during the summer months. The meter can be purchased for $40. At the end of the summer the meter is taken to City Hall to take a meter reading off the outside water meter so credit can be given for the water that has gone through the meter off their sewer bills. Meters may be sold back to the city if they are in good shape and not broken, or they may be kept until the next growing season. They need to be kept in a dry, heated place when they are stored.

CPR classes were given to employees to comply with insurance recommendations. Eleven city employees from different departments are now certified.

We were able to replace shrubs at Augusta Garden that had died and added to our variety of shrubs to make the garden look a little bit nicer. City Hall's landscape has also been regenerated to include some new shrubs and new flowering bushes at the north side of City Hall.

Two new backhoes had to be purchased because the ones we had were worn out from the heavy loads they are under each day. One will be used in the street department and one in the water department. The cost of those two backhoes was $76,477.

Well number four has a new pump and lines and the cost was $36,377. Well number five had new lines and a new pump in 2005.

Three new computer systems were installed at City Hall for the city clerk, utility billing clerk and tax department at a cost of $4,583.

We spent $84,383 on resurfacing city streets last year. We use the gas tax money received from the state to do as many streets as possible.

We have spent $6,968 in sidewalk repairs in the city. Each year we make as many sidewalk repairs as we can to keep upgrading the maintenance of our sidewalks.

The city purchased two new dump trucks this year. With the storm damage, we needed extra trucks to do the job.

A trailer for the street department was purchased to haul the pavement roller to different locations. A used pavement coating roller was also bought at a cost of $4,000.

Two new Tasers were received by the police department through a grant from MIRMA insurance.

Another MoDOT grant to extend sidewalks on the south end of town and connect to a walking trail around the industrial park was received.

We also received a MoDOT grant for runway repairs at the airport.

It is amazing what can be done when everyone works together for the betterment of Thayer.

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