Thayer City Council held their regular meeting July 14 and discussed business concerning the waste water treatment project.
Charles Ray, from Missouri Engineering, gave the council an update on the project.
Ray also needed the current council to sign and accept the engineering agreement for the project. He said that although the old council under former Mayor Merle Williams accepted the agreement, the current council needed to, as well, even though work on the project has already begun. The council agreed to reaccept the agreement.
The council accepted a waste water treatment charge system ordinance.
Ray also reported that the city lacks the proper equipment to do smoke testing and other testing on the man holes. Ray said he was able to create a list of what equipment is needed. The cost of the equipment, he said, will not exceed $10,000.
Alderman Bob Freeman said residents would need to be alerted when smoke testing begins in their area. Ray agreed with Freeman and said that although the smoke is not hazardous, it could make residents think it is smoke from a fire. Ray said if water lines and air vents in homes are not connected properly, smoke from the testing could come through vents and water lines in people's homes and make them think their house is on fire.
"Smoke testing can provide information as to leaks in the system so there's no access run off," Ray said.
He said he will send an inspection and maintenance list to Missouri's Department of Natural Resources for approval.
Steve Goehl, from D.A. Davidson and Company, a financial agency in St. Louis, addressed the council about the services his agency offers in regard to financial counsel for the waste water treatment project. The council agreed to look at the information Goehl gave to them and decide on the issue at a later time.
In other business, Jim Green, owner of Good Times Sports Bar, asked the council to block off part of Chestnut Street between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. every first Saturday of every month to make room for parking when he invites bands to play at the bar. He said the bands would be local. Some bands he said he is planning on inviting are from West Plains, Springfield and Branson.
"We're open for sponsors," Green said. He said it is possible that the monthly event will attract more tourists to the city.
"We'll handle blocking and clean up," Green said. He said he would also appreciate the assistance of the Thayer Police Department.
The council agreed to try Green's idea for a probationary period to see how things work out.
Allegations from resident, Ida Stackhouse, were considered at the council meeting. According to the city's aldermen, Stackhouse claims a city mower threw rocks at her windows breaking two of them. She is asking the city for $75.25 in restitution. The council decided to table the issue to gain more information about what happened.
The council also open sealed bids on an Allis Chalmers mower/tractor and a Rhino disc cutter. They accepted a bid for $2,313 for the disc cutter and a bid of $725 for the mower/tractor.
The council approved the municipal court report collection of $4,957.50 for June.
The 2009-2010 budget report was also reviewed and accepted by the council.
The council also approved a list of department supplies with the exception of the waste water treatment project.
After the council returned from its closed session, the council voted to hire Steve Levitt full time at the cemetery.
Bob Simmons, who was working on three different projects, informed the council that working on the Waste Water Treatment project, INI and the BNSF Bridge Crossing was becoming stressful. These projects were passed on to different city aldermen. Steve Alford took INI. Mike Harbor took the Waste Water Treatment project, and Bob Grimes took the BNSF Bridge Crossing.
The next Thayer City Council meeting is scheduled for Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. at city hall. The public is welcome to attend.