CMA to place signs around Manila

Friday, November 28, 2008

John Parsley and Larry Cox, president of the Christian Motorcycle Association, addressed the Manila City Council on Monday, Nov. 17, about placing signs "Look Twice, Save a Life."

Parsley said the club had purchased 12 signs and would like the approval of the council to place them around town.

Members of the Christian Motorcycle Association, John Parsley and Larry Cox, president, addressed the Manila City Council about placing "Look Twice, Save a Life" signs around town. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

The council agreed it was a good idea and had no objections. Utilities Superintendent Henry Ford said he would get with the highway department to see if they could place a few on Highway 18, and get back with them on the best places around town.

Manila Mayor Clifford Veach reviewed the budget to date saying there would be some adjustments in January.

"It is easier to know what to do after the fact," he said.

Veach updated the council on street paving informing the council the work had been done on Lanes Way and looked good. He said they will be back to finish the paving as the weather permits.

"I will keep you (council) informed on the progress," Veach said. "We will need to borrow from the general account for the paving but I think it is a good way to spend the money."

Mayor Veach informed council the city had received the okay to move into the new fire station.

"There are 12-15 small items left to do, but we did receive the okay to move in," Veach said. "New appliances in the kitchen will be needed. I have asked the fire chief for three quotes. Some new tables and chairs will be needed. We have a bid for a fence in the back."

The council had no objections to the purchase of appliances and other needs for the new fire station.

Following an executive session, the council voted to hire Matthew Carter as court clerk. Brenda Watson submitted her resignation and plans to retire as court clerk as of Dec. 31. Watson has served as court clerk for 22 years.

Mayor Veach submitted a proposed 2009 operating budget.

Councilman Dwight Booth made a motion to accept Mayor Veach's recommendation on employee bonuses of $1,000 for department heads; $800 for full time employees and the same percentage as last year for part-time employees.

"The bonus is up from last year," Veach said. "We've had a good year and our employees have performed well."

Manila resident Donna Jackson addressed the council discussing a possible recycling project for the city.

"Mississippi County does not have the Blue Bag Program," Jackson said.

She said she has talked to surrounding towns and counties.

"There is grant money available to cities for the project, Jackson said. "I've talked to a lot of people. I think it is something we can do. We need to protect our environment and stop filling up our landfills."

Mayor Veach said recycling had been tried several years ago and did not work well.

Councilman Donnie Wagner suggested talking to the newly formed Leo Club, which has 40 members.

"They may be interested in heading up a recycling project," he said.

City Attorney Wayne Wagner said they might check with farmers who have polypipe recycled.

In other business:

*Mayor Veach said the Manila Christmas parade will be held Dec. 6 with line up at 5:30 p.m. and the parade starting at 6:30 p.m. He said two and maybe three bands will be participating this year, as well as the Osceola Color Guard.

*The Housing Authority is having a Christmas party for the residents at 3 p.m. Dec. 16. Mayor Veach said the city government has been invited.

*Mayor Veach said Channel 7 news has been in Manila doing a story on the Herman Davis Monument.

"It should be interesting to hear the history on Herman Davis, one of the top decorated soldiers from World War I," Veach said.

*Mayor Veach said he had received drawings and a cost on adding sewer to several homes on Costner Road.

"We had estimated the city's part at $20,000 but it will be closer to $30,000 of the total $157,000 project," Veach said. "It is still good for the city. The money will not be available until July if we are accepted to receive the grant."

*Dan Gamble addressed the council about the need to raise building permits. Gamble was chosen as city building inspector a few months ago.

"I've called several towns and the price of permits run from nothing to $680," Gamble said. "There are 10 basic inspections on each house. Having an inspector is good for the city and good for the consumers."

The Manila City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Monday of each month.

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