At its Tuesday, Sept. 11 meeting, the Thayer City Council approved recommendation for a new police officer, gave the go ahead for Hope's Kitchen and decided to resume work on the city pool.
The council accepted Police Chief David Bailey's recommendation to move Luke Martin to full time officer status. Because Martin was hired, a new dispatcher will now have to be hired. The council also approved the police department's request for the purchase of ammunition for duty and training purposes. The ammunition will cost $1,018.00.
Beverly Rogers addressed the council on behalf of the Hope's Kitchen. Hope's Kitchen will be a soup kitchen located on Front Street. It will be supported by The First Assembly of God, to serve those in need and anyone who would like to come in for a meal. There will be no money accepted for the food served.
Rogers requested that electric deposit fees and a business license be waived for Hope's Kitchen. The council approved the suggestion since Hope's Kitchen will not receive money for its services.
During the meeting the council voted to resume work on the city pool. The pool was closed this summer, but the council hopes to have the pool open by the summer of 2013.
In other news...
Council approved the renewal of the tax collector's notary commission, which is $120.09, and the printing of statements, which is $800.00.
The Parks Department's requests for transit, which will cost $430.00, and concrete stakes, which will cost $216.00, were approved.
Electric Department requests for parts from HD Supply, $3,463.80, for electric and $875.00, for well four and from Harry Cooper Supply, $1,784.54, were approved.
The council voted to have existing city street maps re-done, which will cost around $300-$500. During this discussion, it was also approved that city lots 14 and 15 at the Veteran's Memorial Park be surveyed to determine the property line.
Water Department requests for 18 water meters costing $819.00, 10 meter pits costing $316.00, and 10 meter pit lids costing $285.00 were approved.
The council approved the $450.00 purchase of the lab supplies for the Waste Water Treatment Plant. Other water department appropriations included 250 gallons of generator fuel, $1,000.00 and $900.00 to have lab tools calibrated and/or certified. Also approved was a sludge metal test, required by DNR, which will cost $600.00.
The council approved to pay $100.00 for the Mid-Year Professional Development Seminar, which will be Sept. 27-28 in Jefferson. Court Clerk, Lori Hargus will attend.
The council tabled the discussion regarding development of a new Electric Building, until further plans can be drawn-up and more cost information can be gathered on the project.
The new and revised employee handbook will be ready to be reviewed by the next regularly scheduled council meeting.