In a special meeting May 23, Thayer aldermen took another step toward increasing city utility deposits to $400 for electricity and $50 for water for new customers.
The board initially discussed the matter in April, but first had to appoint a city attorney to replace Alton attorney Janet Leigh Caskey, who was not reappointed to another term. In a later closed session, the board appointed Thayer attorney Bill Perkins to the position.
The new deposit amount will apply to all new customers, whether they are renters or homeowners. Those with a letter of credit will pay a combined total deposit of $108 for water, trash and electric.
At the April meeting, city utility clerk Cynthia Callahan said the city's current total of deposits, slightly more than $200, is not enough to cover expenses if a customer leaves town without paying all bills in full. Many who leave without paying are tenants, she said.
The city is owed about $107,000 in unpaid utility bills.
At the May 24 meeting, the board approved having Perkins draft an ordinance to change the deposit. Once the ordinance is prepared, it will be read and voted on in open session before enactment.
In other business
* The board approved moving the airport start line back 150 feet to clear the runway from trees.
* The board approved sending a letter of appreciation to the Oregon County Health Department to recognize two workers, Terri Wrenfrow and Tina Arnold, who went out of their way to help a physically ill resident seek medical care. Wrenfrow and Arnold will be awarded a certificate at the June 14 board meeting.
* The board approved charging residents 10 cents per copy and $10 per hour for research and copying time for requested public records.
The Thayer Board of Aldermen will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, at City Hall.