The Thayer City Council discussed several important issues at its monthly meeting on Thursday, Jan. 10. It decided to beef up police protection and finalized plans for the Spring city clean-up.
Police Chief David Bailey and the council have previously discussed purchasing items to help the department better respond to a crisis situation, but they had never made a final decision. In light of the school shootings happening in the U.S., Bailey said there is no time like the present to be prepared. "The shootings that have been going on lately prompted a request from the Thayer superintendent to talk about preparedness. I think it's time that we move forward with pur- chasing some of this equipment," Bailey said.
The council agreed with Bailey and approved the purchases for the department. Items that were re- quested are a tactical entry shield, back pack entry kit, emergency restraint chair, seven binoculars, seven digital cameras, seven sets of battle dress uniforms, seven tactical vests and a tactical entry weapon. The police department's re-
quest also came with miscellaneous items needed for the jail and department. The total cost approved for all needed equipment is $12,723.28.
Thayer Chamber of Commerce member Ron Cornelius was present to check on the status of a parking request he made last month. "I just wanted to know if the council had time to look and see about the possibilities of creating four, one-hour parking places downtown. I thought maybe, if the process was started now, the one hour parking would be available by the time the new restaurant is ready to open up," Cornelius said. The four pro- posed spaces would create a parking area for a new restaurant under development on Main Street. The city currently has an ordinance for two-hour park- ing, but not for one-hour. The council voted to draw up a proposed ordinance regarding one hour park- ing.
The council scheduled the city-wide Spring clean-up for April 1 through 5.
The council then dis- cussed how much involvement I.E.S.I. trash service would have in the clean- up. Under one option dis- cussed, dumpsters would be placed by the police department for items to be deposited in. City work- ers, not I.E.S.I., would do the curbside pick-up. Under a second option, I.E.S.I would do the clean-up for a three year period, to be paid for by adding 20 cents to every customer's bill for the next three years. The council, which had al- ready been made aware of the two options, decided to go with the first option, in which city workers will be in charge of spring clean-up collections.
After returning from closed session, the council voted to enforce the city ordinance concerning the hiring of all city employees. The ordinance states that each prospective city employee should be inter- viewed by the council be- fore they are hired. The council hired Wesley Coffey as the city's meter reader and water department worker.
City Hall will be receiving a new computer server for its office. The current server is 10 years old and has been experiencing problems. Without a server, the city's financial, utility billing and court software would not operate. The lowest bid found was for $1,100, which was accepted by the council.
In other news, approximately $184,750 was approved to be spent on monthly bills.
The fire department minutes, which stated there was a $820.00 fire expense for December, was approved.
The Waste Water Treatment Plant's request for supplies totaling $899 was approved.
Council approved the Street Department's request for a pedestal for the salt tank, a salt mixing tank and distributing tank plumbing totaling $1,784.96.
Police Chief David Bailey reported to the council that the police department used less gasoline in 2012. He also reported that the police department processed 330 inmates in 2012.