Manila council approves employee bonuses

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Manila City Council approved employee bonuses, hired a public works employee, heard a report on annexation and approved the application of a grant to renovate the large hangar at the airport at the June 15 council meeting.

Manila Mayor Clifford Veach recommended the city give employee bonuses in the amount of $2,000 for department heads and $1,700 for employees.

"I know we have had a lot of unexpected expenses due to the ice storm but I still recommend we give our employees a bonus in the same amount as last year," Mayor Veach said. "They deserve it."

Council members, Larry "Whiz" Davis, Linda Donovan, Donnie Wagner, Dean Cherry, LeRoy Douglas and Joni Isabell, all voted in favor of employee bonuses. The bonuses will be paid with the July 15 pay date.

Following a short executive meeting, the council voted unanimously to hire Larry Joe Carpenter for public works.

Attorney Wes Wagner updated the council on the annexation progress. Wagner said all of the signatures have been collected on the east annexation and he had a meeting regarding the north annexation on Tuesday. They were waiting to try to file both at the same time. "It looks like it is good to go," he said.

The council approved allowing Mayor Veach to proceed with a grant application from the Arkansas Department of Aeronautics for renovations on the large hangar building at the municipal airport.

Work will include door repairs, insulation, paint, roof repair, and updating the fuel system. Veach said he had been informed that at the end of August or in September they will not be able to service Manila's system.

The $100,000 grant is a 90-10 grant.

Councilman LeRoy Douglas said he thought it was a good idea and made the motion to proceed with the grant process with Mayor Veach representing the city. The motion passed unanimously.

In other business:

*Mayor Veach gave the budget comparison reporting all departments are in good shape, at or below budget.

*Mayor Veach reported work will begin soon on the airport runway project.

*Veach said the city had received six of the eight work sheet reimbursements from FEMA for ice storm clean-up.

"One we are still waiting on is $156,000," Veach said. "Maybe by the next meeting it will all be completed."

*Veach updated the council on the park concession stand project.

"It is not quite finished but it is getting close to being ready for the brick," he said. It is going well and it is going to be really nice."

*The council approved a $8,500 estimate for the lift station at the park.

*The council approved a Preserve America Resolution to allow the Manila Depot Museum Committee to work on behalf of the city.

*Mayor Veach recommended transferring $150,000 from the general fund and $30,000 from the swimming pool fund into nine month Certificates of Deposit. The council voted 6-0 in favor of transferring the funds.

*Mayor Veach said he is looking into participation in TIPS (The Interlocal Purchasing System).

"There is a large group participation in this and purchases should cost less," Veach said. "I'm looking into it. It will not cost the city anything. We will need to pass a resolution declaring to be a member if we decide to participate."

*The council voted to pay $8,947 to LOPFI. Veach said they show the city owing the money.

"They are holding our turnback money until it is paid," Veach said. "They did say once this is paid, we will go back to a normal situation. I told them I would have to check with the council because it was not budgeted."

The council voted unanimously to pay the delinquent funds.

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