Manila Council discusses pool, hangar update
Manila City Council worked through a short agenda on Monday evening, Aug. 15, discussing swimming pool plans, airport hangar improvements and a new shop building.
All council members were present. They are Larry "Whiz" Davis, Linda Donovan, Donnie Wagner, Tony Hawkins, Jason Baltimore, and Dale Murphy.
Following the approval of the minutes, Council discussed the proposed swimming pool. Mayor Wayne Wagner said architects could have drawings for review at the end of the week.
Councilman Hawkins said he would like to see the cost of both an inside and outside facility.
Mayor Wagner said they would need to have the design in place before Labor Day. They discussed forming committees to help with getting the plans.
A meeting was set for Thursday at 5 p.m. to review plans. Mayor Wagner also asked for names of anyone who would like to serve on the pool committee to help get around to speaking to organizations and individuals.
The city will have to pass a one percent sales tax to build the pool/water park facility. Once the pool is paid for the tax will sunset (be removed). The one eighth cent sales tax passed several years ago will remain to pay for maintenance and expenses.
Mayor Wagner updated the council on the hangar remodeling project.
"Oates is moving along and it is looking good," he said.
Plans are also in the making to close in the open hangar to be used as an indoor fitness center.
He reported the closing of the Jim Berry building will take place later in the week.
"Our part will be $114,000," he said. "That is for the building and the land. We will be able to add an office and break room for our employees. This will give them a restroom facility and a place to work on equipment out of the cold. The building is wired well. Purchasing this building for $114,000 saved the city money. Bids for a new building came in at $530,000. The guys have done a great job of cleaning up the building and property. I appreciate Ms. Berry for letting us purchase the facility."
Councilman Donovan presented a proposal for rules and increased deposits and fees for renting the Airport Center.
"Look over the proposal and we can discuss it at the next meeting," she said. "I would like this to go into effect Jan. 1. We have had a lot of work done out there and there is still work to be done."
Councilman Baltimore said he had been talking to representatives who are creating the city's website and it should be on line soon.