Manila City Council considers youth center

Thursday, May 1, 2008

No action was taken due to the lack of a quorum at the April Manila City Council meeting. Mayor Clifford Veach and council members Dwight Booth, Donnie Wagner and Linda Donovan discussed several issues on the agenda.

Mayor Veach said he had talked to several people about the construction of a horse arena. The possibility of an arena was discussed at the last council meeting. Veach said he would try to get specs ready for a bid package.

Veach also informed the council he had spoken to representatives of the firm of Jewell and Associates about the possibility of building a youth center. The firm will work with the city to secure a grant from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission to pay for part of the project.

"We have a chance of getting about $200,000 for the project," Veach said. "If we can get a grant we will be ahead."

Council members present had no objections to Mayor Veach setting the spring clean-up for every Saturday in May.

"We did it on May Saturdays last year and it worked out well," Donovan said.

Veach also talked about the possibility of having a local heating and electrical inspector. He said the inspector would have to pass state testing.

"The state inspector we use now does not cost the city anything but if we go locally it might speed things up for the builders," Veach said.

Councilman Wagner said it would be a good idea to talk to the builders in the area and get their input on the subject.

Veach also informed the council work on the new fire station had started.

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