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Thayer City Council Improvement grants are topics at council meeting

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

THAYER -- The Thayer City Council met in regular session at city hall May 8.

The city pool was discussed by the council. Thayer Mayor Merle Williams said he thinks all the leaks in the pool have been fixed, and it will be filled with water and ready for the opening of the pool season the end of this month.

Recently hired electrical superintendent Ronnie Sims had contacted the council regarding safety equipment he needed to run the electrical department safely. The request came to just over $8,000. The council voted to phase in the new equipment over a three month period.

The mayor discussed the newly formed teams the councilmen had been assigned to and said thus far, the idea seemed to be working well. Instead of each councilmen being over a department, the mayor has assigned two aldermen from each ward to be a team. Mike Harber and Junior Brewer will be team members pertaining to the streets, fire department, parks and cemetery.

Jo Barbee and Steve Alford will be team members dealing with the electrical department, air port, water and wastewater treatment plant.

The council discussed the stop sign at the intersection of South Ninth Street in the city. They voted to remove the sign because it was not needed.

Several grants are pending at this time in the city. The council voted to proceed with all the grants that are currently in progress. One grant they discussed is the MoDOT sidewalk grant that will connect Monroe Streets and the Augusta Apartments. The mayor said the grant had been approved by MoDOT, and now the city would need to hire a firm to draw up the plans for the project. No action was taken on hiring a firm.

Another grant discussed was a MoDOT grant that has been approved for the airport. The grant is for $90,000 with the city matching 10 percent of the funds. The grant will include filling the cracks on the runway and sealing it.

At previous meetings, the council discussed if Nettelton Avenue, that was annexed into the city last year, was the responsibility of the city or still in the hands of the county concerning street maintenance. The mayor said city attorney Jeri Lee Caskey had determined the city was responsible for the street.

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