Manila Council reviews building plans

Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Bobby Walton, local builder, discusses his future project with city council members.

Manila builder Bobby Walton met with the Manila Council at the December meeting submitting plans for a subdivision he plans to develop north of the post office on Dunkin Street. Plans are to build 41 houses, starting with 20 in the first phase of the development. The houses will be about 1,500 to 1,800 square feet, brick, three bedrooms and two baths.

Walton and the council discussed trenching, water and sewer lines for the first half of the project.

Walton said he will be ready to start work as soon as everything has been approved by the state.

Manila Mayor Wayne Wagner said they would get together and come back to the council at the next meeting.

Woody Townsend with the Pilot's Association said he had heard good comments on the airplane float in the parade and the flyovers. He informed the council that work on a main ramp overlay will begin Wednesday morning and should be completed by Sunday. Planes will not have access to the fuel tank while the work is underway.

Mayor Wagner expressed his appreciation to everyone who took part in the parade.

The council voted to continue as in the past giving $50 for the floats in the parade.

The council voted unanimously to give firemen a $50 bonus and the chief $100, the same as last year.

Councilmen were given a copy of the proposed 2016 budget.

Mayor Wagner said they try to get an accurate budget. He asked the council to review it and be ready to vote on it in January.

The council discussed new digital radios for the fire and police departments. The fire department will need 25 and the police department six. Mayor Wagner said the best radios the city now have can be turned over to the city maintenance crew to be used. The total cost was estimated at $43,600. Mayor Wagner said they are looking at part of the funding from the general budget, ACT 833 funds, and drug eradication funds.

The Council also discussed a possible purchase of a new garbage truck purchased on a lease to own contract. The trade-in will pay half the payment. Rent to own saves the city on any needed maintenance and repairs.

Following an executive session, the council voted to buy back vacation days for the police officers for 2015 only.

In other business:

*Mayor Wagner informed the council the health insurance for 2016 will go down to $445.50.

*Mayor Wagner said he is meeting with Adams Land next week to discuss the airport land rent.

*The Council voted to pay for flood lights to be added to the swimming pool area and around the new street. This will light up the soccer field area.

*Mayor Wagner said he has asked Ritter for an estimate on phone services. He said that would include city hall, fire station, city shop and office. He said the city may be able to save money.

*Mayor Wagner said Water Superintendent Henry Ford and city employee Joe Chipman are getting an estimate from a contractor on needed repairs of the Boy Scout Hut.

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