THAYER SPECIAL ROAD DISTRICT -- There are three candidates running for the one three-year position that is up for election as commissioner on the Thayer Road District. Those candidates are Dr. Howard Maniprize, Stoney Cypret and Daniel Myers.
Current commissioners are Dorothy Ellis, Otis Butler and Dr. Maniprize. Ellis has served on the board since the 1970s, Butler is a long time board member and Dr. Maniprize is completing his ninth year on the board.
There is more than 90 miles of roads in the district. Two employees work for the district, Doug Buchan and Allen Mills. The district operates with one road grader.
"Our main job at the Thayer Special Road District is to maintain the roads. We keep them graded, cut brush, haul gravel and do general maintenance," Maniprize said.
Other duties of the district include:
* Improving road safety.
* Improving road drainage.
* Keeping equipment updated.
* Resurfacing paved roads in the district.
* Work with FEMA/SEMA disasters.
* Coordinate projects with MoDOT and Burlington Northern.
The district goes north from Koshkonong to the Howell County line north of Thayer. A Highway to Highway 19 and four miles east of Thayer on Highway 142. The district also covers Stateline Road that connects with Arkansas.
The district is set up as a subdivision of Oregon County. There are few other counties in the state that have a special road district.
Oregon County has a large population of rural residents that live outside cities that travel these roads. The district is funded by property taxes and 1/16 of the county is covered geographically by the district.