Manila council votes on street paving

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Manila City Council members agreed to partially pave two much needed street areas at a special called meeting held Tuesday, Aug. 5.

Mayor Wayne Wagner informed the council bids for paving on Davis and Olympia (1.4 miles) went to Atlas Asphalt, Inc. The bids for the work to be done in Manila, Monette and Leachville, were approved by the Arkansas State Highway Commission and is funded through the State Aid City Streets Program.

Mayor Wagner said he had talked to Atlas about a time frame for the work near the school and said it will be soon but it might be the week after Labor Day.

Mayor Wagner has talked to Baker Asphalt of Jonesboro about asphalt on the worst part of the street which would be paving of about 30'x120' in an effort to get it done before school begins. It can be covered in two inches of asphalt for $7,800. Mayor Wagner went on to say when Atlas paves the complete street the area of the street can be paved over giving it four inches of asphalt.

"The extra pavement may help right in that area," Mayor Wagner said.

Councilman Tony Hawkins made a motion to have the 30'x120' area paved by Baker only if it can be done before Aug. 18.

Following a discussion on drainage in the area, the council voted unanimously to have the work done. Council members present were Hawkins, Larry "Whiz" Davis, Linda Donovan, Donnie Wagner and Jason Baltimore.

The council also voted to have Baker Asphalt pave approximately 24'x125' of Clubhouse Drive going to the country club for $9,800 after the work near the school.

Hawkins asked if that would take care of the worst part.

"The street has some really bad holes," Hawkins said.

The city owns the golf course but it is not in the city limits. Hawkins said most of the members do not realize it is not in the city limits.

The council voted unanimously to partially pave the street which will include the worst spots. They also went on to discuss starting the process to annex the Country Club area into the city limits.

"It will not make any difference in the day to day management of the Country Club if it is in the city limits but to apply for any available grants for the future it needs to be in the city limits," Hawkins said.

Councilman Wagner asked about looking at the school at the 3-way stop where it comes out into the road. He asked if that could be pushed back.

Mayor Wagner said they would look into it.

Mayor Wagner announced the pool will be open for the school faculty/staff and families and the city council members and families at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12.

Plans are for the swimming pool to be open regular hours until Aug. 17, and then only night parties and weekends. Labor Day, Sept. 1, will be the last day the pool will be open.

Soccer and machine pitch baseball for 7-8 year olds will begin this fall.

"We will be working on the softball fields in October," Mayor Wagner said. "The University of Arkansas has a field day scheduled in Manila on Sept. 9. A wrestling will be held for Relay for Life on Aug. 23, and a benefit softball tournament is scheduled at the park for Sept. 12-13."

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