THAYER -- The Thayer City Council met in regular session Aug. 9 at Thayer City Hall. All council members were present with the exception of Al Clark who was out of town on business.
Scott Simers a surveyor for Richard Havens approached the council concerning Warm Fork Haven Development, a new development along the Warm Fork River being developed by Havens. He requested the property be rezoned from agricultural to a recreational area. The council voted yes on Haven's request.
Councilmen Al Clark and Mike Harber are looking at a new truck for the city snow plow and Mayor Merle Williams said hopefully one will be purchased before the city receives snow.
"Jolene Dunlap who is leasing a hanger at the airport is requesting permission to improve hanger #2 by pouring a concrete floor and approach to the hanger door at her own expense," the mayor told the council. The council agreed to her request.
Thayer Police Chief David Bailey addressed the council about applying for a USDA Rural Development Grant to purchase new police cars for the police department. He said the old cars could be sold and put toward the purchase of the new cars if the grant was approved. He told the council that sometimes it takes a while to get these grants so it is something that will be looked at down the road.
The mayor presented a proposed budget for the upcoming year of about $3 million. He also discussed with the council a salary schedule for city employees. The council decided to hold a called meeting Aug. 11 at 8: a.m. to discuss the matter further.
Candy Seelye approached the council regarding applying for a liquor license in order to open up what used to be the Brown Jug on Front Street. The council approved her request.
Doris Brown asked if the city could supply electricity on the hill where the veterans memorial is going to be built so the flags would be lighted at night. The council voted to agree to her request.
Called meeting Aug. 11
The Thayer City Council met in a special called meeting Aug. 11 at 8 a.m. at Thayer City Hall. All council members and the mayor were present with the exception of Al Clark who was still out of town on business.
The council voted to accept a salary schedule for city employees presented by the mayor. All new city employees, with the exception of police officers, will have a starting salary of $7.15 and hour. After 90 days they will receive a 50 cent an hour raise. After six months they will receive another 50 cent an hour raise and another 50 cent an hour raise after one year. After that, every three years, up to being employed 25 years, city employees will receive a 50 cent an hour raise.
The new salary schedule will start new police officers at $8.50 an hour and the salary schedule that applies to other city employees will also apply to them.
Police Chief David Bailey was at the meeting and asked the council to include the rank of corporal to the police department. The council voted in favor of Bailey's request.
The council voted to re-evaluate the salary schedule every year.