City business and highway concerns discussed at Thayer Council meeting

Thursday, April 22, 2021
Thayer City Clerk Brent Collins swore in elected and re-appointed officials during the Thayer Council meeting held on Tuesday, April 13. Top picture, from left to right, are Collins, City Attorney Justin Nelson, Chief of Police Daryl Childers, Fire Chief/EMA Director Mark Arnold and Tax Collector Debra Honeycutt. Bottom picture, from left to right Mayor Ken Cotham, Alderman Ken McKenzie, Alderman Dirk Shultz and Collins.

The City of Thayer held their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 13, during which elected officials were sworn in and city business was addressed. The city was informed of a new business to come to town and a conversation was held about safety concerns at the intersection of Highways 63 and 19.

To begin the meeting, council approved the certified election results from Oregon County. Followed by the re-appointment of Brent Collins as city clerk, who was sworn in by Mayor Ken Cotham.

Collins then swore in elected officials including Aldermen Ken McKenzie and Dirk Shultz and Mayor Ken Cotham.

Thayer City Clerk Brent Collins swore in elected and re-appointed officials during the Thayer Council meeting held on Tuesday, April 13. Top picture, from left to right, are Collins, City Attorney Justin Nelson, Chief of Police Daryl Childers, Fire Chief/EMA Director Mark Arnold and Tax Collector Debra Honeycutt. Bottom picture, from left to right Mayor Ken Cotham, Alderman Ken McKenzie, Alderman Dirk Shultz and Collins.

Council approved to re-appoint Justin Nelson as city attorney, Daryl Childers as Chief of Police and Mark Arnold for Fire Chief/EMA Director.

Arnold, Childers and Nelson were sworn in by Collins as was Debra Honeycutt for the elected position of tax collector.

Alderman Michael King was appointed as Mayor Pro-Temp and Alderman Janice Tolar was appointed as City Treasurer. McKenzie and Shultz will serve on the Oregon County Recycle Board.

Next, council approved the consent agenda and bills paid and to be paid before moving onto public participation.

Michelle Joseph addressed council about her power line. She was advised to have her property surveyed and marked to move forward.

Andy Mills and Marty Cruise discussed with council a property purchase and a future business that will include a livestock auction house and a restaurant to be located off Nettleton Road. Council was informed, according to the Livestock Market Association, that a livestock auction brings any rural community a million dollars. It would also benefit the community by people spending money in the area instead of somewhere else. Sewer and water are already available in the vicinity.

In new business, council approved invoices from Missouri Engineering, which totaled $5,101.09.

The water department requested approval for fire hydrant parts and supplies for a hydrant project taking place on Walnut Street.

The purchase of UV equipment needed for the wastewater treatment plant was approved.

A discussion was held about finishing the Veterans Wall. Council members will contact local contractors to inquire about bids for completing the wall.

Council approved moving forward with performing a low-to-moderate income survey for the city. The city no longer falls into this category after the last census. This has been an issue when the city grant writer is writing and applying for grants. An alternative is to complete a survey of 200 random residents asking if they fall into one of three categories. If the requirement is met of how many meet the criteria, then the city would qualify for the low-to-moderate income, which would help get additional grants for things such as streets, police and fire equipment, parks, playgrounds, etc.

Cotham addressed those present about himself, Collins and Bob Crase communicating with representatives of MoDot, Mark Croarkin and Pete Berry, regarding concerns about the north caution light at the intersection of Highways 63 and 19. Cotham stated there has been a lot of concern about safety of the area.

Cotham was informed the intersection did not fit the criteria for signal lights. A website will be set up for community members to comment on the issue.

“This doesn’t just affect the citizens of the City of Thayer, this is the county, the surrounding counties, the surrounding states, anyone that travels Highways 63 and 19,” said Cotham. “I think it’s something that needs addressed and hopefully our community will comment on this,” said Cotham.

Crase stated the intersection was placed there, 54 years ago, in 1967. The volume of traffic has increased tremendously and many need to slow down when traveling through. He also stated the representatives from MoDot have been forthcoming and willing to cooperate to work with them.

Council was informed a preliminary meeting was scheduled with Smith & Company Engineering for a possible upcoming project.

Council approved to place an advertisement in the newspaper to fill the positions of police officer and part-time dispatcher at Thayer Police Department.

Moving onto old business, a special called meeting will be held regarding the SCADA for the water department with Scott Keith from ECCO Electric.

There was one bid for cleaning services at city hall. The bid was from Simply Revitalize. Council approved cleaning services for twice a month.

Before going into closed session, council approved the purchase of a bucket truck; for the court clerk to attend the MACA Conference and the purchase of climbing gear.

Once back in open session, council addressed employees not passing their safety meeting test. Council approved that an employee will be sent home until the next Monday if the test is not passed. The employee will then retest. If the second attempt of the test is not passed, the employee will face termination.

Thayer Council meets the second Tuesday of the month at Thayer City Hall at 7 p.m.

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