Manila Council hears praise for Manila Airport

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Manila City Council members worked through a short agenda Monday, May 18, hearing praise for the Manila Airport, discussing opening of the swimming pool, swimming lessons, and truck parking.

Woody Townsend, representing the Pilots Association, gave an update on the airport, sharing complimentary comments received from visiting pilots. Townsend said a Memphis pilot commented Manila had hands on forward thinking people and praised the airport. Another visitor, an aviation writer, also offered good comments about the airport from the upkeep, to the courtesy vehicle, to the managers.

"The airport is getting exposure, all good," Townsend said. "The Pilot's Association appreciates the city officials."

Townsend went on to say there are enough airplanes to fill hangars another grant will build at the Manila Airport.

The swimming pool will open Memorial Day weekend, weather permitting.

The pool will close to the public after Memorial Day and Manila Middle School students will use the pool on the field days of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. It will open the following Saturday for the season.

The pool will be closed on Mondays. This will provide time for any needed maintenance. Hours will be from 1-5 p.m. every other day, and the pool will be available for private parties from 6-8 p.m. Churches may rent the pool on Sunday and Wednesday evenings.

Mayor Wagner discussed opening the pool for a women's morning session from 10 a.m. until noon if there is an interest. There have been requests to rent the pool in the mornings from area schools holding summer classes.

The therapeutic pool will also be open. Wagner is considering getting an instructor to offer swimming lessons.

"I checked with the Red Cross and they do not come to this area anymore," Mayor Wagner said. "We are checking to see if we can provide the service."

Council also discussed adding flood lights on the pool parking lots and decorative lights around the walking trail's dark spots.

Mayor Wagner said big truck parking in town is damaging the city streets.

"I've asked the police to talk to the drivers," Wagner said. "The trucks are just too heavy for our streets."

Councilman Donnie Wagner asked if the city owned any property that could be used for truck parking.

The council discussed the possibility of locations and decided a parking area would need at least six inches of chat.

It was suggested contacting Nucor to donate slag if a parking area could be established.

Councilman Dale Murphy said he would look into it.

A short executive session was held with no action taken.

Mayor Wagner updated the council on the progress of a new senior citizen building saying an architect should be chosen in the next week or two and if all goes well construction could begin in August or September.

The next regular council meeting will be held Monday, June 15.

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