THAYER -- Thayer Police Chief David Bailey was appointed as the building inspector by Thayer Mayor Merle Williams at the Nov. 18 Thayer City Council meeting.
This action was taken after a local resident, Marge Shipp, addressed the council concerning building violations.
Shipp had three requests for the council. The first was to request the inspections of two houses, one located at the north corner of Second and Spruce Street, known as the Rogers house, and the second building at the southeast corner of Walnut and Third Street, known as the Rose house.
The second request was the mayor designate a building inspector or inspectors so the process of identifying buildings in violation of city ordinances can start at once. The third request was that the city demolish any building or buildings meeting the description in the city ordinance titled Standards for Repair, Vacation or Demolition.
In other city council action the mayor told the council Jane Yancey reported $6,177 was collected last month in Thayer Municipal Court,
Scott Simer, a spokesperson for developer Richard Havens was at the meeting requesting the re-zoning of the end of Monroe street from agriculture to recreational. The mayor said an ordinance for such a procedure would have to be made and the council would take action on it at the next council meeting.
City ordinance 1021 that Protest Payment of Fees, Taxes and License charges was voted on and passed by the council members.
The council voted that each city department employee in the future will have the choice of selecting coveralls, overalls or a jacket at the city's expense.
Christmas bonuses were discussed by the council. It was decided that every employee who has worked for the city for five-years or less would receive $50. Employees who have worked for the city six-years or more will receive $10 for each year of service they have with the city. This was voted on and passed by the council. They also agreed to give each city employee a gift certificate that can be used at a local grocery store. The amount of the gift certificate was not decided.
A bid from Smith and Company from Poplar Bluff for $1,250 was accepted by the council to check for asbestos in the old Chestnut Inn.
Mayor Williams said filing dates for municipal offices will be Dec. 16 through Jan. 20, 2009. Positions that will be on the ballot include the north ward alderman's seat now held by Joe Barbee and the south ward alderman seat held by Al Clark. The mayor's position and the city tax collector position now held by Janice Tolar will also be on the ballot.
Mark Bruce who owns a house at 204 North Sixth Street was at the meeting asking if the house could be used as an office. He said he works for a company that deals with industrial insulation out of Louisiana. He said it would not be a heavy traffic area. "There may be an office person and UPS or Fedex traffic. We have already employed seven local people. We will be bidding projects out of the house and pricing products out of the house," he said. The council voted in agreement to the request.