When the Thayer City Council met on Tuesday, Dec. 11, Chamber of Commerce Director Ron Cornelius was first on the agenda.
Cornelius thanked the Thayer City Council and its Police Department for their help with the Christmas parade, which was a great success.
Cornelius then explained that the Chamber of Commerce is in the process of having a "Welcome to Thayer" sign on display again. "We need to get the council to approve the sign going up before getting the Missouri Department of Transportation's permission," Cornelius said. The sign will be put on the road easement, which is property of MoDOT, near the Thayer Assembly of God on Highway 63. The sign was previously located near the easement, but was taken down by the land owner. "If we could get that (council's approval) as soon as possible, we can go ahead and seek the approval from MoDOT," Cornelius said. Councilman Steve Alford, made a motion to approve the sign placement, which was seconded by Councilman, Bob Grimes.
Cornelius also addressed the council on the possibility of adding several one hour parking signs on Chestnut Street. James Rheuark, who owns and has been renovating the restaurant at the corner of Front and Chestnut Streets, is among those requesting parking restrictions. "He has been working hard and, on Jan. 1, he will have owned the property a year. He has done a lot of work to the inside and it is looking good. He is planning on opening soon after the first of year, if he can. I really would like to get one hour parking on four spots, if you guys could make that happen. It would sure help. He has spent a lot of money to get the restaurant to be a success, and it would help to have more parking available than there has been before." Councilman Mike Harber felt the Council should review the city ordinance in regards to parking. Harber made a motion to table the request for one hour parking
Koshkonong Fire Chief Tom Lowe attended the meeting to learn more about how the Thayer Fire Department determines the cost of its fire reports. "I am just curious about how much the city charges for a fire report, and how did it come up with that figure?" asked Lowe.
"Mr. Lowe, I've been here 30 plus years and that has been the same amount that has been charged ever since I can remember," said Mayor Rogers.
Mayor Rogers asked Fire Chief Mark Arnold to explain the report fees. "On a call that is not fire related, such as a car accident or a false alarm call, there are two sections on that report that have to be filled out. On a structure fire, there are two additional sections that must be included. Each section is $4.00. The price of a report depends on the situation," Arnold explained "The insurance companies prefer our reports to be done this way. The reports have been filed the same way for as long as I can remember." The fire reports are completed to follow the National Fire Incident Reporting System standards.
In other news...bills for the month of December, which include two payroll periods and a $2,813.80 bond payment, were approved for the total of $182,228.69
The Electric Department's request for $374.35 to purchase supplies from Harry Cooper was approved.
Lab supply requests for the Waste Water Treatment Plant were approved for $895.00. Also approved was the purchase of supplies to repair a clarifier at the treatment plant for $1,269.86.
Water Department supplies were approved at the cost of $1,143.35.
The council approved to split the cost of FFAM membership with the rural fire department. The city's half will be $345.00.
City Ordinance 1050, Council Bill 1049, Amending and Supplementing Chapter 140 (Personnel) of the City Code of the City of Thayer was passed.
The council voted to replace the overhead lights at the city pool at a cost of $600.00, after checking with the city's risk management company to make sure the lights are up to code with the city's insurance.