One of the first steps in making a swimming park/pool for Manila a reality was taken at special called meeting Monday evening, Aug. 1. The meeting was attended by all Manila City Council members. Manila Council members are Larry "Whiz" Davis, Linda Donovan, Jason Baltimore, Donnie Wagner, Dale Murphy, and Tony Hawkins.
The purpose of the meeting was to review and vote on Ordinance 2011-4. It was read in its entirety by City Attorney Wes Wagner. The ordinance approves a special election for the issuance of Capital Improvement Bonds to be repaid by a one percent city sales tax to fund the construction of a swimming park/pool complex in the amount of $2.9 million.
Manila Mayor Wayne Wagner pointed out they are working on a time frame to get the election ordinance filed with the county clerk in order to have the Oct. 11 election.
The council voted to read the ordinance by second and third time by title only before adopting the ordinance unanimously.
Mayor Wagner said he would invite the architects back on Aug. 15 with drawings for the swimming pool.
It was suggested to select committees to meet with organizations and inform the public on the project.
"We need to show the public what we are asking for," Councilman Hawkins said.
The tax can only be used to pay off the debt of the swimming pool and then it will be removed.
Manila City presently has a 1/4 cent sales tax divided for the pool and park. It has been in effect for 11 years. The swimming pool fund presently has a little over $300,000. This tax will continue and can be used for maintenance and operation of the pool.
The council discussed possible sights.
Councilman Donnie Wagner said they need to place it where it will not be landlocked again in a few years.
Mayor Wagner said the $2.9 million should build something similar to what was presented at the original meeting.
Mayor Wagner and council members agreed they want to get the community input on the project and will hold public meetings.
"This is something for our community and our kids," Mayor Wagner said.