The Thayer City Council met Aug. 21. Among the topics discussed was new patrol cars for the Thayer Police Department and the possibility of building a new police department with the forthcoming sales tax money.
Thayer Police Chief David Bailey said he is planning on purchasing two new Chevy Tahoes with grant money. One will have two-wheel drive and the other will have four-wheel drive.
"We applied for a grant last fall through USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture). A lot of people said, 'Well, we won't get it.' Well, we received it, almost $34,000 for two new patrol cars," Bailey said.
The grant is a 25 percent matching grant that the city has to pay back and the USDA pays 75 percent. Bailey said the city's part of the grant will be about $12,000. "What I'm asking the council to do until the new tax money comes in, if we get that grant money before that money (sales tax) comes in, to, basically, let the police department barrow $12,000 plus probably around $5,000 to put new lights on them, roughly $17,000 to $20,000, that the police department would reimburse," Bailey said.
The council agreed to let Bailey make preparations for the purchase of the Tahoes.
He said once the sales tax passed back in April, people were expecting the police department to do some up grades to better serve the community. That is the reason why the police department is looking to buy new Tahoes instead of Ford Crown Victorias.
Bailey said some residents have been asking him what the police department is going to do with the sales tax funds once the department starts receiving them.
"I think that the police department is going to be more than self-sufficient in the revenue that's coming in," Bailey said. "If you'll trust us, let us deliver a first-class police department and let's do it where we don't have to turn to Washington, D.C., and Jefferson City and sit with our hands out and ask and beg for money."
Bailey said he had spoken with various people about the possibility of building a new police department. He said he went to a conference in Springfield where there was a contractor that deals in just building police departments. This contractor was able to figure out that it would cost about $200 a square foot to build a 50-year building for the police department. Bailey said the current police department is about 20-years-old and is showing some wear and tear.
Bailey presented this information along with a packet of information about the possibility of building a new police department to the council for future reference if the issue comes up again.
Ordinance 1032 concerning a lead ban in public and private drinking water was approved. The purpose of the ordinance is to ban to use of lead in public drinking water systems and private plumbing connected to the public drinking water system and to protect residents from lead contamination.
If lead based materials have been used in new construction after Jan. 1, 1989, the resident/consumer in question will be notified and must remove the material and replace it with lead-free material. If the resident/consumer fails to do so, the city/water surveyor reserves the right to shut-off water from that premises.
Lead-free refers to sauter and flux that contains no more than 0.2 percent lead and pipes and pipe fittings that contain no more than 8 percent lead.
Ordinance 1033 was also approved. This ordinance is on cross connection control of water. The purpose of the ordinance is to protect the potable water supply from contamination or pollution by containing within the consumers' internal distribution system or private water system contaminates or pollutants that can backflow through the service connection into the public potable water system. The other purpose of the ordinance is to promote the isolation of contamination or control of existing cross connections, actual or potential, between the public or consumers' potable water system and non-potable water systems, plumbing fixtures and industrial process systems. The third purpose of the ordinance is to provide maintenence for cross connection control that can prevent various types of contamination.
The council also decided to pay for the new grate in front of the Fun and Friends Senior Center to keep water from coming in under the front doors. The cost for the new grate is about $400.
The council decided to table the issue of the sidewalk project until the necessary people can be contacted to see what the city needs to do to proceed on the project. The projected is funded through grant money from the state. If the city does not proceed with the project before the beginning of next year, they could possibly lose the funds.
Estimates for supplies for the water department were discussed. The council agreed to give the water department the amount of money needed to purchase the necessary supplies. The council also approved a funding for supplies for all city departments.
Alderman Bob Freeman gave the treasurer's report for July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2009. General fund revenues were $1,319,019.20 with expenditures being $804,484.45. The SEMA and FEMA reimbursement fund collected $222,288.36 as of June 30, 2009. The total general balance as of June 30, 2009, was $143,011.26. All these funds included the general bank account with the exception of the cemetery, sidewalk and gas tax funds. When Freeman finished reading the treasurer's report, the council approved it.
In other business, the council approved the collector's report. The total amount of taxes collected from July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2009, was $144,695.31.
The council approved the municipal court report collecting $5,228.60 for July.
The council also re-adopted the Conflict of Interest Ordinance 962.
The next Thayer City Council meeting, unless otherwise announced, is scheduled for Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. at city hall. The public is welcome to attend.