Manila Council accepts paving bid

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Manila City Council members unanimously approved the low bid for paving, reviewed the budget to date, and approved promotions in the police department during the regular Monday, October meeting.

Mayor Clifford Veach reviewed paving bids with council. Council members unanimously accepted the low bid from Delta Asphalt at $104.75 per ton. A-State's bid was $128 per ton.

Mayor Veach said he estimated it would take 600-700 tons for the work needed.

"The street account has $44,000 and we could have as much as $50,000 by the time the work begins," Veach said. "We need to keep at least $10,000 in the account. "We can borrow from the general fund to make up the difference."

Following an executive session to discuss personnel, the council voted to promote Manila Police officers James Skinner to the rank of captain and Delbert Carter to the rank of sergeant, effective Nov. 1.

The council discussed the court clerk position with no action taken. Veach said the city will need a court clerk as the position will be vacant at the first of the year.

The council voted unanimously to give employees an extra holiday this year. Employees will be off on Friday, Dec. 26.

Mayor Veach recommended leaving the millage the same as it has been for several years.

"We are allowed to go to 5.0 but I would like to keep it at 4.0," Mayor Veach said.

Council voted unanimously to leave the millage as is.

In other business:

*Veach said he had talked to the contractor about finishing the work at the new fire station. He said several people were there working this week.

*Veach informed the council he has been involved with other mayors in getting legislation effecting Manila and other cities on the L.O.P.F.I.

*Mayor Veach told council members the audit exit conference had been completed.

"We were written up for one small thing," he said. "They told me it is illegal to get reimbursed for tips."

Veach suggested setting a price per day to take care of meals while city officials are on city business. He said Federal employees are allowed $49 a day and state employees $46 a day.

Mayor Veach suggested $8 for breakfast, $12 for lunch and $20 for dinner totaling $40 a day.

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