Manila Council discusses swimming pool
Manila City Council voted on the swimming pool plan with the pool facing west at the Monday, June 25, meeting. Council members present included Linda Donovan, Tony Hawkins, Dale Murphy, Larry "Whiz" Davis, and Donnie Wagner. Councilman Jason Baltimore was absent.
Mayor Wayne Wagner said the council needed to decide on pool placement so the engineers can get started on the final plans. Preliminary plans were reviewed with the therapeutic pool located at the community center and the swimming pool located across from the tennis courts.
"They are telling us they will be ready to bid the project in July and start work in August," Mayor Wagner said. "We also got our first sales tax check for the month of April and it was a little over $20,000."
Wagner said if that continues the pool could be paid off in 10-11 years.
The council also discussed the new street which will close a portion of the existing street allowing the swimming pool area and the city park to be connected.
Mayor Wagner also discussed enlarging the tee ball field for a baseball field.
"I will meet with members of the Youth Association and see what they have in mind and I will have more information for the council at the July meeting," Wagner said. "The project will need to be started in October."
Mayor Wagner informed the board that the terms for the Manila Housing Authority Commissioners have gotten out of order. The terms should be staggered. He said he had received a recommendation from the manager to approve the following terms: Wayne Shedd, 6-30-2013; Bobby Walton, 6-30- 2015; Teresa Eastin, 11-23-2014; and Hans Enos, resident commissioner, 2-11-16.
The board voted unanimously to accept the recommendation.
In other business:
*Mayor Wagner read a letter form the Post Commander of the Herman Davis Post 197 American Legion thanking the city for helping to make the Memorial Day ceremony a success.
*The council voted to approve a request from Chrystal Shrable to place a daycare in the building on Highway 18 (formerly Today's Hair Salon). Mayor Wagner explained it would have to be state approved but she did need approval from the city to begin the process. He said there is a need for daycare in Manila.
*Mayor Wagner discussed a curfew at the Manila City Park. He said there is a curfew on the books and Chief Hill would look into placing signs and enforcing a curfew.
*The city received $8,000 from the highway department for the city sign that will have to be razed due to widening of the highway.
*Mayor Wagner said there will be applications for anyone interested in working at the pool next year. He encouraged anyone interested to get their lifeguard training. He also said there will be an opening for a pool manager.
*Mayor Wagner and Chief Hill said if the weather continues to be dry, no fireworks will be allowed in the city limits during the Fourth of July.