Manila City Council met in a short informal meeting Monday, Sept. 26, to discuss several upcoming events including the swimming pool/water park, booth at the chili cook-off, fish fry, and Christmas parade.
Mayor Wayne Wagner presided at the meeting with Council members Jason Baltimore, Linda Donovan, Donnie Wagner, Larry "Whiz" Davis, and Tony Hawkins present.
Mayor Wagner asked council members to join him at an informational booth at the Big Lake Chili Cook-off. They will be there to answer any questions about the proposed swimming pool/water park.
There will be an election on Oct. 11 to pass a one cent tax to fund a swimming pool/water park. If the tax passes, it will allow bonds to be purchased. Construction of the pool can start in the spring.
Early voting will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 4, 5, 6 7, and 10, at the Manila Depot Center. The polls will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11.
The Christmas Parade will be held the first Saturday in December starting at 6 p.m. It will be held in conjunction with the Lions Club Pancake Supper on Dec. 3.
"We will need to pick a grand marshal, approve rules and guidelines," Mayor Wagner said.
Councilman Donovan said she would check to see if the Cooter Band will be available to attend the Manila parade.
The Council also discussed an upcoming fish fry for the Manila firefighters and retired firefighters. It is planned for the next Council meeting night, Oct. 17, at the firehouse. The new fire truck will be on display.
An 11:30 luncheon fish fry for the city workers was also planned for Oct. 25 at the city maintenance building (the former Jim Berry building).
Mayor Wagner asked the council to consider closing all of offices at city hall from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. each day for lunch.
The revenue office across the hall closes from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
"I think it would be convenient for everyone to close at the same time," Mayor Wagner said.
The next regularly scheduled meeting will be at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17.