THAYER -- The Thayer City Council voted at a meeting Dec. 16 to place two issues on the April 7 Municipal Election ballot, both dealing with the waste water treatment plant.
They will be asking voters' permission to sell $4 million in bonds to build a new waste water treatment plant. The second ballot issue will ask voters in the city to pass a one-cent sales tax to pay off the bonds.
The mayor said the current waste water treatment process in the city is not meeting the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) regulations and standards
"If the ballot issues pass, the new waste water treatment plant will double the capacity it currently handles," Mayor Merle Williams said.
DNR issues the city a license to operate the waste water treatment plant and the license expires next year.
Doris and Kenny Brown were honored by the city council for all the volunteer work they have done at the council meetings. A plaque was presented to them by the mayor and the council.
The council voted to pass an ordinance to rezone a portion of property along the Warm Fork River from agricultural to recreational.
Rod Smith from IESI was at the meeting to speak to the council about renewing the city's trash pick-up contract. He told the council there had not been an increase in the city's trash pick-up for three-years and said IESI would be adding an additional $1.05 a month to each household's trash bill. The council voted to accept the contract.
Three city employees have passed their 90-day probation and were hired as full-time employees by the council. They are Dustin Jennings who works at the waste water treatment plant, John Bivens who works for the water and sewer department and Steven Kelly who is a meter reader.