Manila Mayor Clifford Veach, City Attorney Wayne Wagner, and members of the city council discussed future annexation plans during the December meeting Monday night, Dec. 15.
Mayor Veach said Wagner had been working on the preliminary plans to annex in two directions of the city limits.
Wagner said plans are to go north, on old Highway 77, on the east side of the highway down one fourth mile to the Wise Addition and on Highway 18 toward the liquor store on the west side.
Wagner said the process can be ready to start at the January meeting, finalized at the February meeting and approved at the March meeting.
The council gave approval to pursue the annexation project.
Mayor Veach reviewed the budget for the year.
"We are 92 percent through the year," he said. "Some departments are in good shape and some will need amending at the January meeting. I will have the amendments ready and the 2009 budget ready for approval at that time."
Mayor Veach said the street paving project had been completed and announced the fire department had moved into the new fire station.
"There are still a few minor things needed at the fire station," Veach said. "We are
holding $37,000 of the contractors' money until all of the work is finished."
Veach reported two or three people have shown interest in the old fire station.
"We could have an auction or sealed bids," he said. "It would be a good building for certain things. I'll be dealing with that for the next month or so."
Mayor Veach reported on the airport expansion saying the next two projects will include widening the runway and resurfacing. The projects will cost approximately a half million dollars each. The work at the airport is done through grants at no cost to the city.
"I think we are fortunate to have an airport," Councilman Leroy Douglas said.
In other business:
*The council voted to reimburse mileage for city employees or officials traveling on city business at a rate of 45 cents per mile. Veach said this is the same as the state pays. The council also approved meal costs for employees or officials while on city business at $8 for breakfast, $12 for lunch, and $20 for dinner.
*Veach said the sewer building on the Farmer addition has been damaged by termites. The new building will cost approximately $5,000. The board had no objections to replacing the building.
*Veach said he would have an amended water ordinance at next month's meeting for the council's consideration. The amendment would reflect different rates for large users.
*Veach and the council discussed water sold to Buffalo Island Rural Water. Veach said he will be sending a letter to Buffalo Island.
*Water Superintendent Henry Ford expressed his and the employees appreciation to the council for the Christmas bonuses.
*Mayor Veach praised the parade committee and the participants for a great Christmas parade.