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Introducing Mayor Rogers

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Mayor Earl "Buddy" Rogers
Thayer's new mayor, Earl D. "Buddy" Rogers, is a friendly face that many residents are familiar with not only as a previous alderman for the city but also as a local. Like Thayer's previous mayor, Merle Williams, Rogers plans to stay busy while he is mayor.

"Right now, I hope to accomplish the sewer system we're fixing to start and have it out of the way in a couple of years," Mayor Rogers said.

He said the new sewer system could take a couple of years to complete. Mayor Rogers said the estimated cost for the project is about $4 million.

"There's not really much we can do differently than what he (former Mayor Williams) did," Mayor Rogers said. "We just have to make do with what we have to do with."

The economy has been stressful for everyone, including those in the Thayer community, Mayor Rogers said. "Right now, you know the economy is bad," he said.

Mayor Rogers said because of the economy the community might have to hold off on big projects other than the new sewer system. "This time next year we might see a little rise in the economy, but I don't believe we will before then," he said.

Mayor Rogers said it is his 33rd year of being in business at Rogers' Service Station and Garage and he has seen the way the economy has affected his business.

"I've noticed in the car trade, people aren't buying new cars. They're making due with what they've got," Mayor Rogers said.

There are other signs that the weak economy is affecting Thayer. "Here locally, folks just aren't doing much to their houses," Mayor Rogers said.

"I'm associated with the Ready Mix business over here, and business is down," newly elected Alderman Robert Freeman said. "Housing is down. People are doing a lot of additions and add-ons. There's still work, but it's just the major housing end of it. I'd say it (the bad economy) is showing more than anything (in construction)."

Mayor Rogers said he agreed with Freeman that the construction business has not been fairing well in the current economy.

Freeman said the city might be able to add to its general fund once the new sales tax is collected, which was passed through the passage of the propositions April 7.

"We'll have more to operate with than what we had," Mayor Rogers said.

The new mayor said he hopes to be able to create some of his own projects but that depends on the economy and how much money the city is able to receive.

A couple of other projects that were started by former Mayor Williams, which Mayor Rogers said he plans to complete, is the clean-up of the ice storm debris and construction on the Warm Fork Crossing.

Both Alderman Freeman and Mayor Rogers said they would like for the residents of Thayer to have patience, especially with the ice storm clean-up.

"Taking care of business. That's all I'm interested in," Mayor Rogers said.

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