The Thayer City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, Nov. 14 to approve the revised City Employees Handbook, address requests by the public and discuss other issues.
Larry Forschler, owner of Forshcler's True Value, attended to continue a discussion about a business expansion. At a previous meeting, Forschler addressed the council about purchasing land from the city. He wanted to purchase the land around the Veteran's Memorial Park, land adjacent to the alley and requested to close the alley that connects Front and Second Streets. Forschler told the council he would like to make the purchases and changes, as part of a plan to expand his business.
Alderman Bob Grimes said the main concern about Forschler's proposal is the fact main water and sewer lines are located in the alley Forschler wants to close. Due to that concern, the council voted to not close the alley. Grimes also said that the city is reluctant to sell the land around Veteran's Memorial Park, and the council voted against Forschler's request.
The council approved proposed updates to the City Employees Handbook, which were suggested by the council. "These changes come from situations that have occurred in the past and hope to provide clarity in situations," Martin said. In the past, for example, the city has not observed Columbus Day as a holiday. One of the changes to the handbook is that the city employees will no longer work on Columbus Day. The changes will require that the Employee Ordinance be amended. The amendments will be read at the December meeting, and employees will receive their new handbooks shortly after. The update of the handbook is a requirement of the city's insurance company.
During the meeting, council voted to purchase Christmas lights, in bulk, from the Don Jensen Company. City Clerk, Donna Martin said that city workers will begin putting up Christmas lights around the city after the Thanksgiving holiday.
In other business...
Fire Department expenses of $300 were approved, as was the request for a SCBA testing kit costing $450. The council also voted to have Fire Chief Mark Arnold move forward on a Missouri Conservation grant for the department.
All bills, excluding two payrolls and miscellaneous mid-month bills, totaling $186,804.10 were approved.
Half of the Water Department's funding request was approved for this month. The remainder of the request will be considered next month. The most urgent need is a special water meter for East Meadows Apartments, which will cost $658.50.
Waste Water Treatment Plant supplies costing $1,317 were approved.
The Electric Department requested a 107 KVA Single Phase Polemount for Town and County Market for $2,370, and a cordless drill for $293.99. The requests were approved.
The council approved a Christmas bonus for full-time city employees, which will total $2,480.00. Full-time employees of five years or less will receive $50. Full-time employees with over five years will receive $50 plus $10 per year they've worked for the city beyond five years.