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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Thayer Mayor Merle Williams and Thayer Police Chief David Bailey
Money is tight everywhere, but in spite of the bad economy, Thayer taxpayers showed by their vote April 7, they were willing to tighten their personal budgets even more to improve services in their city and keep things running smoothly.

Propositions A and B on the April 7 ballot asked voters to help make improvements at the city's waste water treatment plant.

Proposition A called for the approval of the sale of revenue bonds in the amount of $4 million to improve the system. Voters gave a resounding yes to this proposal with 85 percent voting for the measure. Of the 478 votes cast, 404 were in favor of the issue while 74 were against it.

In March, Thayer was notified by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) that major improvements were required in order to maintain the sewage treatment plant within the regulations of DNR and the Missouri State Operating Permit effluent discharge limitations.

Now that voters have approved the bond issue, Thayer should be able to take advantage of low interest funding through the DNR state revolving loan fund.

Proposition B asked voters to approve a sales tax of one-half of 1 percent for 25 years to fund capital improvements, including the extension and improvement of the city's sewer facilities and the operation and maintenance of these improvements. Voters again said yes by a margin of 82 percent. Of the 474 votes cast for the proposal, 389 were in favor of the tax, while 85 were against it.

"We have quite a bit going for us as far as the sewer treatment plant is concerned," Mayor Merle Williams said. "We have an architect already on board. He's done some preliminary drawings."

"I think, probably, people realized that they had to say 'yes' on two issues -- A and B, in order for this sales tax and everything to pass," Williams said.

Proposition C also passed, but by a slightly lower margin. The Thayer Police Department asked voters to approve a one-half cent sales tax to keep the police department running.

Those asking for the tax said the money was needed for systems and equipment used on a daily bases.

The tax will now be used in part, to help maintain current patrol cars and replace them as needed, due to high mileage and overwhelming repair cost; and upgrade equipment such as telephone systems, computer systems and programs, and radios for dispatch and patrol cars. In addition, the tax money will be used to install and maintain a jail monitoring system and for training the department's officers and dispatchers. The training is needed to keep up with state and federal requirements. Of the 475 votes cast, 60 percent -- 285 voters -- said yes, while 40 percent -- 190 voters -- said no.

"One of the top priorities is training," Thayer Police Chief David Bailey said. "It's just going to depend on how the money comes in."

"We have lots and lots of needs, and it's just going to take time," Bailey said.

He said there might be a possibility of hiring a new police officer during the summer with the sales tax money because summer is the police office's busiest time.

Voters also selected a new mayor for the city of Thayer on April 7. Four candidates -- Earl D. "Buddy" Rogers, Doris Brown, Margie Shipp and G. Clark -- were all seeking this position. Rogers took the position with 224 votes (46 percent), followed by Shipp with 187 votes (38 percent), Brown with 69 votes (14 percent), and Clark with 6 votes ( 1 percent). There was one write-in vote.

Thayer voters selected Stoney Cypret for the three-year position as commissioner on the Thayer Road Department. Cypret received 40 percent (233) of the total votes cast. Others seeking the position were Howard Mainprize with 196 votes (34 percent) and Daniel D. Myers with 151 votes (26 percent).

Thayer Municipal Judge William T. Hass and Thayer Collector Janice H. Tolar both ran unopposed for their offices.

Two new alderman will take a seat on the Thayer City Council after both won over incumbent aldermen.

In Thayer's First Ward with 227 total votes cast, Robert E. Freeman had 133 votes (59 percent) to incumbent Joe Barbee's 94 votes (41 percent).

Thayer's Second Ward had 250 votes cast with Robert Grimes earning 156 votes (62 percent) to incumbent Alvin Clark's 94 votes (38 percent).

Alton also selected two alderman to serve on their city council. With 173 total votes cast, Glen R. Jenkins received 77 votes (45 percent) and Jason S. Smith received 52 votes (30 percent) to earn the positions. Others seeking the positions were William T. Young with 40 votes (23 percent) and Danny Bettis with 4 votes (2 percent).

Koshkonong also selected two alderman. Mary Mitchell received 23 votes and Tom Lowe received 22 votes. There were no other candidates for this race.

In school board races, Thayer and Oregon Howell R3 both chose two candidates.

In the Thayer R2 School Board race Carrie Tucker and Erman Croney won a position on the board. Tucker received 397 votes (42 percent), Croney received 333 votes (35 percent) and Betty J. Morris received 214 votes (23 percent).

At Koshkonong, Noval Willbanks and Sheila Miller earned a seat on the Oregon Howell R3 School Board.

Willbanks had 97 votes, 72 from Oregon County (OC) and 25 in Howell County (HC).

Miller had 80 votes, 64 in OC and 16 in HC.

Brandi Sutherland had 72 votes, 39 in OC and 33 in HC.

Michael Adams had 46 votes, 32 in OC and 14 HC.

Morislunn Johnson had 32 votes, 20 in OC and 12 in HC.

Stacie Huffman had 25 votes, 16 in OC and 9 in HC.

Dewayne Phipps had 25 votes, 18 in OC and 7 in HC.

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