THAYER -- Thayer Mayor Merle Williams gave city council members an update on the sewer system and waste water treatment plant at the June 10 Thayer City Council meeting.
Williams said he had recently met with officials from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR). "DNR is concerned about the amount of ground water getting into the sewer system through the old clay tiles," the mayor said. He told the council that during the last flood, as much as two million gallons of water a day was going into the treatment plant. He said on a normal day, 250,000 gallons of water would go through the plant.
Williams said DNR wants the amount of ground water at the plant reduced. The mayor and council discussed meeting with engineers to up-grade the treatment plant.
The council discussed what paperwork and reports needed to be completed and sent to FEMA in regards to securing federal funds since Oregon County and Thayer were declared a disaster area due to flooding.
The council opened bids concerning cutting hay at property the city owns near the airport. Lee Reynolds was the low bidder and will cut the hay on a 60/40 split with the city. Williams said there is about 60 acres of land near the airport but not all of it will be cut for hay.
The council voted to hire John Yancy as a full-time city parks employee. Yancy had been on probation until he was hired full-time.