Manila council makes Housing Authority appointments

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Manila City Council met in special session Monday, June 30, to discuss and approve three appointments for new commissioners to serve on the board of the Manila Housing Authority Commission.

Manila Mayor Clifford Veach said three board members of the Manila Housing Authority had resigned.

"I am prepared to recommend for the council's approval three new board members to serve effective immediately," Veach said.

Veach recommended Bob Walton, Wayne Shedd and as resident board member Ronnie Horner.

Councilman Davis said he had previously thought it was not a good idea for a Housing Authority resident to serve on the board but after talking to their board and their attorneys he discovered it was recommended to have a resident commissioner. He made the motion to appoint Horner.

Council members voted unanimously to approve all three. Council members present were Dean Cherry, Dwight Booth, Linda Donovan, Donnie Wagner, and Larry "Whiz" Davis. Councilman Leroy Douglas was unable to attend the meeting.

"HUD recommends a resident commissioner and we have fulfilled their laws," Mayor Veach said.

The three new board members will join Marcella Ford and Geraldine Cherry who are presently serving on the Housing Authority Board.

Mayor Veach asked City Attorney Wayne Wagner if he had looked into the report of animals thought to be kept in the city limits in violation of city ordinance.

Pictures of several animals were given to the city council at last month's meeting by a Manila citizen asking for a variance to keep a pet goat at his residence in the city limits.

"Most of the pictures supplied are in the county not in the city," Wagner said. "It is my understanding one has a variance given some time ago."

No action was taken. Mayor Veach suggested the council wait until the regular meeting to act on the variance request.

"That will give them the opportunity to be here," Veach said.

Veach reported he had talked to engineers and was given a $124,000 estimate on providing city sewer to six houses on Costner Road.

"The sewer department does not have that kind of money," Veach said. "I have been told grant money might be available."

Manila City Council regular meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. the third Monday of each month at city hall.

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