Council discusses senior center

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Tim Maddox (left) with DMX Architects talks to the Manila City Council concerning a senior center building.

Tim Maddox with DMX Architects of Fayetteville met with Manila city officials prior to the Feb. 22 city council meeting to discuss possible sites for a senior center. Maddox looked at the vacant lot west of the library for new construction and the former Dr. Shaneyfelt office on main street with renovations.

Maddox said the proposed 5,760 square foot new structure would fit on the vacant lot. He said sometimes the cost difference in new construction and renovations would not make up for the maintenance and upkeep of an older building.

"Even with renovations, it is still an older building," Maddox said.

The Council were in agreement the building would need to blend in with the other buildings on the site to look nice. They agreed they wanted a building the city could be proud of.

Councilman Jason Baltimore said he is in favor of taking grant money for a senior citizen building and looking into a loan to finish out the amount needed.

"We have been talking about this for three years," he said. "We need to move forward with the project."

Maddox said, based on what he is seeing now, he would be surprised if bids came in under $100 a square foot.

The regular meeting was called to order at 5 p.m.

The council voted to have the architect move forward with an estimate on the proposed plan on a new senior citizen building.

Kathy Huddleston, city treasurer, reported on the meeting she had with representatives of FEMA. She said the pre-application for emergency funding due to the flooding has been submitted.

"They will contact me if they need more information," she said. "Representatives will try to meet with us within two weeks to look at our project. We've spent $32,000 just on Concord Street to repair the sewer."

Resident Sherry Pratt addressed the council about problems she had with back up sewage into her building. She had a cost estimate of $26,051.30 for repairs.

"Any help would be appreciated," she said. "I can't afford this repair."

She asked if her building is in jeopardy of the same thing happening again.

Henry Ford, water superintendent, said he can't be sure.

Mayor Wagner asked if the problem could have been caused by the flooding.

"If they (FEMA) come in and tell us there will be a cost of $2 million to correct the sewer problems and we are responsible, at this point we do not have the funds," Mayor Wagner said.

"I have been told by my attorney, the health department and my insurance carrier that it is a city liability," Pratt said.

Mayor Wagner asked her to get her documentation together and meet with Mr. Ford before they meet with FEMA representatives.

Woody Townsend with the pilot's association gave an update on the new hangar, saying components for the door have been shipped and they are still waiting on the door.

Tony Costner and sons addressed the council informing the city officials they will be turning the airport ground back to the Adams Land Co., the lease holder. He went on to say they did not come together on matched land requirements.

"There are no hard feelings," Costner said. "We just wanted to let you know."

Costners have farmed the airport ground for 25 years.

The council agreed to table the matter and have Mayor Wagner talk to Adams Land, Co.

In other business:

*Mayor Wagner informed the council Bob Walton had withdrawn his request to build an apartment complex on Dixie Street.

*The March meeting was moved to 5 p.m. Monday, March 28.

*Mayor Wagner informed the council the Gamble lawsuit against Manila is not a new one. They have reopened the suit questioning if Wes Wagner was in violation by serving as city attorney and State Representative at the same time.

*Council did not allow a mobile home on Dixie Street commenting the neighbors do not want it.

*Council approved a resolution accepting Mississippi County all-hazard mitigation plan.

*Council voted unanimously to approve a three-year lease for the 2016 garbage truck.

*Council agreed the swimming pool admission remain at $5, same as last year. Also, they agreed to book parties from 10 a.m. until noon; open 1-4 to the public; and book parties from 6-8 p.m. A date will be set for drawings to book private parties.

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