The Thayer City Council met in regular session Feb. 9, and accepted the lowest bid for a concrete box culvert over Two-Mile Creek. The low bidder was Lonnie Mills of Thayer at $78,500. Other bids were submitted by Joyner-Burk of Beebe, precast at $180,227; and Excel Excavating of Sparta, Mo., bid cast in place at $117,109 or precast at $114,979.
Steve Alford made the motion to accept the bid, with a second by Mike Harber. Voting yes were Alford, Harber and Bob Grimes with Bob Freeman abstaining.
Spring cleanup dates for the city of Thayer were also set. Cleanup will be held March 29 through April 2. Residents are encouraged to clean up their properties and place the items at the curbsite on their regular trash collection day during this period.
The council approved the minutes from the January meeting as well as the minutes from the fire department. The January court report of $13,861.82 was approved as presented. The financial statement for January was reviewed and approved.
In other business, the council approved Keith Trantham's electric and plumbing license; approved the payment of February bills; voted no to a request from Jeanie Croney for the removal of a tree from her yard; approved the purchase of supplies from USA Blue Book for the water department; approved the publication of the city's six month financial statement in The South Missourian News; and decided to table the 2005 Deliquent Taxes for payment or write-off until they could discuss it with City Attorney Jeri Leigh Caskey.
The council discussed the employee handbook and decided to table it until they could talk to Caskey about additions and corrections.
The council also approved Ordinance 1040 that all officers and employees of the city will have health insurance paid for by the city. City Clerk Jane Yancey said that Mayor Buddy Rogers and one alderman are not on the city's health insurance policy because they chose to stay with the companies they have. This ordinance says they will be reimbursed by the city for their health insurance premiums when they show proof of payment.
In new business, Walter Larner spoke to the council in reference to a liquor license for 205 Front Street. He is waiting for his state sales tax number and surety bond. When he obtains those items he will come back to the council to ask for their approval.
Mike Harber mentioned to the council that the parks department is getting information about using salt instead of chlorine for the swimming pool.
The next regular meeting of the Thayer City Council will be held March 9 in the council chambers at City Hall beginning at 7 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.