Developer addresses Manila City Council

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
The Manila swimming pool/water park opened to the public on Saturday. There will be a dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 31. The public is invited.

Jerry McCain addressed the Manila City Council at the May meeting about streets on property he is planning to develop located on Olympia Extended.

McCain said he is interested in building houses on the property.

Mayor Wayne Wagner said he would need to work with Henry Ford, superintendent, provide all of the surveys and plans.

Jerry McCain talks to city council members about plans to develop housing.

"You will need to create a good base for the streets and then it will go on the list for paving," Mayor Wagner said. "Henry can work with you."

The council discussed the swimming pool which will open on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, May 24-26. There are 27 certified lifeguards ready for the summer schedule.

Darrell Birmingham informed the council the pool had passed inspection with no problems from the Health Department.

"We are ready to open," Birmingham said. "We are meeting with the lifeguards tonight."

The council discussed, but no decision was made, the cost of season passes/family passes. Councilman Jason Baltimore said he would make some calls to see what other pools charge for season passes. The regular price for the pool will be $5 for age 13 and over; $3 for 12 and under; and no charge for senior citizens over 65.

The pool will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Private parties will be held from 6-8 p.m. with the exception of Wednesdays and Sundays which can be reserved for church activities.

The council also agreed to open the therapeutic pool for adults over 18 on a trial basis from 6-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, starting June 9. The charge for the therapeutic pool will be $2.

There will be a dedication of the pool at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 31. The public is invited.

Street repair was discussed.

"We will work around the school and the daycare area when school is out," Mayor Wagner said.

The council also agreed to move and change the sign in front of the video store to the front of city hall for 15 minute parking. This will give people time to run into city hall, pay their water bills or attend to other business.

The council voted to hire Tammy Walker as dog catcher/city worker as needed.

Mayor Wagner suggested giving bonuses for June and discussing raises in July.

"We have some employees who have not had raises for a long time," he said. "We will have to adjust the budget."

Mayor Wagner said the highway department will work with the city on the cost of moving the utilities for the four-lane highway through Manila's by-pass area.

"It is a little less than first estimated," Mayor Wagner said. "The final cost is $477,000. The highway department will loan the city the money and we will repay it using half of our turnback money. It will take about five years to repay the loan. Also, the highway department will resurface 18B, main street around the Herman Davis Monument and then the city will assume those streets."

Mayor Wagner said the city attorney will prepare the ordinance and resolution with the terms for the council to act on at the next meeting.

In other business:

*The council also voted to purchase advertising for the 2014 Buffalo Island Relay for Life in honor of Councilman Larry "Whiz" Davis.

*Mayor Wagner announced the walking trail grants are in and the architect will make a recommendation in the next few days.

*Mayor Wagner said they are still looking for a truck on a state bid. The purchase has been approved by the council.

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