Clean-up day set in Manila

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Manila citizens will have an extra day of clean-up with no charges at the transfer station on Saturday, Sept. 27. Manila Mayor Clifford Veach said during the regular September council meeting the transfer station will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 27 for Manila residents to take advantage of the free dumping.

Mayor Veach and the council set the date to coincide with the county clean-up. The city will receive half off the landfill fees on Saturday and the following Monday.

Following the approval of the minutes and budget review, Mayor Veach gave an update on the new fire station reporting it is not finished yet.

"I've been talking to our engineers," he said. "I don't think it will take but a few days once they get on it.

Mayor Veach discussed street paving saying the fund has about $42,000.

"We don't have a lot of money in the street fund," Mayor Veach said. "I am not opposed to borrowing money from the General Fund if needed for paving. I can go ahead and request bids and see what we can do."

Councilman Dwight Booth said he did not have any problem borrowing money from the General Fund for needed street paving.

Mayor Veach said he had been approached about using the community center for boot camp, an exercise program. It would be needed two nights a week for six to 12 weeks.

Councilman Leroy Douglas said the city would need to cover the cost of keeping it open. The council agreed to offer the center on Monday and Tuesday nights for six weeks at the regular fee.

Mayor Veach discussed the purchase of gas.

"We've been buying city fuel from Fuel Man," Veach said. "The contract dates back to previous administration. I've checked a few bills and it appears we are paying as much as pump prices. We are averaging using 1,000 gallons a month. I've been talking to some local owners and they are interested in our business. I'm trying to get a copy of the contract to compare our options."

Veach said he would keep the council informed.

Council members said if it would save the city money, it is worth looking into.

In other business:

*Mayor Veach said there is a good balance in the water and sewer funds from the sales tax. He said he would like to make lump sum payments at the end of the year to shorten the duration of the loan.

*The Christmas parade will be held Dec. 6.

*Veach discussed L.O.P.F.I., a retirement fund for police officers and fire fighters. He said the city had been receiving $29,000-$30,000 and this year only received $4,000. He said laws had changed.

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