The Thayer City Council met in regular session Dec. 8 to discuss what to do with the bidding for the Two Mile Creek Bridge along with other issues.
"I'm all right with the bids," said Alderman Bob Freeman. "It's the procedure that it's done in I'm not happy with."
"I'm not either," said Mayor Earl D. "Buddy" Rogers.
What the men were concerned about was the confusion over the bidding process. Some bidders were confused over what to bid on for the bridge. The city was unclear as to whether it wanted an asphalt bid or concrete bid for the bridge so some contractors gave bids for both while others bid for one or the other.
To avoid any legal complications the council voted in a 2 to 3 vote to reject all bids and start fresh with a rebiding process just for concrete.
Jack Dillingham was on hand to explain Ordinance 1035, Bill 1034, which is a sewer bond that was approved by the council. He said the city should be reimbursed any out-of-pocket expenses for the sewer project by Dec. 17.
In other business, Missouri Engineer Charles Ray asked the council to approve sending bids for the waste water treatment project to the Department of Natural Resources in Jefferson City. The council approved.
The council also approved Ordinance 1036, Bill 1035 to replace section 720.030 in the electric application.
Another ordinance passed was Ordinance 1037, Bill 1036, which replaced section 600.050 of the liquor license. Licenses must be renewed by May 1 with the city clerk and applicants must comply with certain regulations.
The council also passed Ordinance 1038, Bill 1037 to rezone residential land owned by Cletis Wiles to commercial land.
Richard Haigwood addressed the council about city insurance through MOPERM and explained several aspects of the liability insurance and gave the aldermen estimates on how much the insurance will cost. The airport was not included in the estimates and Haigwood said he would make the necessary adjustments to include the airport.
In other business, Abel Perez, the pastor of the First Assembly of God addressed the council about the church's annual fireworks sale around the Fourth of July. He said he would like the fireworks stand to be on the church's property. The council said that since the property is within the city limits, they can't sell fireworks because of a city ordinance prohibiting the sell of fireworks. However, where the fireworks tent has been, in front of Hirsch's Farm Supply, is not within city limits and is legal.
The council also approved the municipal court report collection for November of $2,835.50 and all department supplies.
The next regular city council meeting, unless otherwise announced, will be Jan. 11 at Thayer City Hall at 7 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.