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City of Thayer continues to tighten budget

Thursday, August 4, 2011

In an ever-increasing effort to tighten the city's belt, Thayer aldermen agreed July 19 to have new city attorney Bill Perkins review whether the city can end its contract for uniform service.

When Perkins said at the meeting that he was unsure of the penalty for terminating the five-year contract two years early, Mayor Earl "Buddy" Rogers said the city simply could no longer afford the service.

"I'd hate to take a chance and get into a lawsuit with them for that amount of money," Perkins told the board of the contract with its vendor.

"It's too much for us to spend," Rogers said.

Perkins said he would draft a letter to the company for the board to consider.

Also during the 30-minute meeting, the board agreed to discontinue an 80/20 sidewalk grant the city was awarded last year. The total cost of the project was estimated at about $219,000, with the city contributing 20 percent to build sidewalks.

Late last year, the city scrapped plans to build the sidewalks near the apartment complex off of Highway 142 East. An alternative site had not been decided.

In other business:

* The board approved having Perkins draft an ordinance to increase city electric rates by 15 percent. The ordinance also will increase customers' service disconnection fees.

* Dollar General Store was listed on the agenda to request a liquor license. Although a store representative did not attend the meeting, Rogers said the city does not have a license available.

* The board approved adding a handicap parking space alongside Thayer Fun and Friends Senior Center, across from the police department on Front Street.

* The board agreed to have city workers investigate a sewer problem at a resident's home.

* The board approved a Thayer Community Betterment request to have a back-to-school party at the city pool on Aug. 4.

* Thayer Chamber of Commerce member Ron Cornelius told the board the chamber fall festival will be held Sept. 24.

* The board authorized the parks department to get prices for a new weed eater rather than spend $175 to have the old one fixed.

*The board approved spending $1.148 for waste water treatment plant supplies.

* The board approved buying chlorine for the water department for $1,763 and spending about $400 to repay the city of Mammoth Spring for a borrowed part.

* The board approved replacing the brakes on a truck for the electric department, plus sending a city worker to a power solutions class for $75.

* After a five-minute closed session, the board approved buying four desks, five chairs, six conference chairs and four computers for the police department.

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