Manila Council works through lengthy agenda

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Manila City Council members worked through a lengthy agenda Monday, Sept. 19, at the regular September meeting.

Council members present included Jason Baltimore, Tony Hawkins, Donnie Wagner, Linda Donovan, and Larry "Whiz" Davis. Councilman Dale Murphy was absent.

Mayor Wayne Wagner updated the council on the airport hangar project.

He said there had been some changes on Building 100 which is being converted from an open hangar to an inside sports/exercise facility. It has been decided to use sliding doors instead of an overhead door as originally planned. Wagner said he had spoken to representatives of the Youth Association about purchasing equipment the kids will need.

Mayor Wagner said Oates Construction is doing a good job on the hangar projects and it will be really nice. One section of the hangars is being renovated/updated by Oates.

Mayor Wagner asked about the progress of the city's website. Wagner asked Councilman Baltimore to see if representatives creating the website would be available to attend a special council meeting Monday night, Sept. 26.

"When I talk to people they want to know our city's website," Wagner said. "I think it will be beneficial to the city. I am getting excited about it."

The council voted unanimously to pay for a broken back windshield in a vehicle owned by Linda Cole. Mayor Wagner said a rock from the city's mower apparently went through the back glass. The cost of the window is $944.

Councilman Wagner asked about city insurance but Mayor Wagner said he had looked into it and the damage was less than the city's deductible.

They also voted to pay for truck repairs for city employee Ricky McFall. A city vehicle was backed into McFall's truck that was parked at the city shop area. The estimate for repairs is $288.

"Ricky is being fair about the damages," Mayor Wagner said.

The Council set the Manila Christmas Parade for 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Mayor Wagner said he would like to see churches, school choirs and groups gather for Christmas carols.

Manila Senior Citizens will meet every Tuesday at the Community Center for bingo, refreshments and other activities starting in October. Mayor Wagner suggested when activities are held at the Community Center, senior citizens can manage the concession stand and use the proceeds for their activities except for benefits being held that use the concession as part of their proceeds.

Councilman Donovan said several senior citizens are willing to volunteer. They have been very receptive and appreciative of the Tuesday activities.

Mayor Wagner asked Councilman Baltimore to check on the cost of getting a big screen and projector at the community senior.

"It can be used by the senior citizens and others," Wagner said.

In other business:

*Mayor Wagner suggested adding Christmas lights to the business area along Highways 18 and 77.

*Mayor Wagner asked for help manning a booth at the Lions Chili Cook-off offering information on the proposed water park/swimming pool. The city will furnish portable restrooms for the chili cook-off.

*The Council will meet Sept. 26 in a special meeting to discuss advertising for the swimming pool project.

*Mayor Wagner said the community center will be painted by worker/workers from the Workforce project.

*City Clean-up will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23 and 24. All items will be picked up except chemicals, tires or old batteries. Mayor Wagner said he has heard positive comments on the clean-up efforts.

"We've started but we have plenty to do," he said.

*The board had no objections to a pageant being held Oct. 1 at the Manila Community Center.

*Justin Richmond was on hand to ask about renting the Community Center on Oct. 15 for a concert giving local bands the opportunity to play. He said he would be responsible for making sure all of the guidelines are followed.

*The October meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, at the city hall.

"We can have a short meeting and then go to the fire station at 6:30 where we will dedicate the new fire truck and have an appreciation fish fry for our fireman and retired fireman," Mayor Wagner said.

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