Manila Council recognizes outgoing Councilwoman Donovan
Following a short council meeting on Monday, Dec. 19, several family members and friends joined the city officials for a reception honoring outgoing Councilwoman Linda Donovan. Mrs. Donovan has served the city for 16 years. She decided to step down and did not seek re-election in November.
Manila Mayor Wayne Wagner and council members presented her with a plaque in gratitude and appreciation for her faithful, devoted service as Alderwoman for the city of Manila.
"We especially thank you for your outstanding contribution to the Dunkin Wall Water Park and Manila Senior Center projects," Wagner said.
Wagner said he plans to ask Ms. Donovan to chair a committee to oversee the senior citizen building project.
"She has been instrumental in getting the senior citizen center in Manila and getting them a new building," Mayor Wagner said.
The council welcomed William Barnhart who will be starting his service as councilman in January.
Mayor Wagner said they are looking forward to working with Mr. Barnhart.
During the council meeting, Mayor Wagner gave council copies of the proposed 2017 budget. He said if they have questions or comments they can contact him or Cathy Huddleston (city treasurer) before the January meeting. The budget will be presented to be approved at the January meeting.
Mayor Wagner informed the council minimum wage will go up to $8.50 an hour on Jan. 1, 2017. He proposed all employees not making minimum wage to be raised and any new hires will start at least at the minimum wage level. He said presently the city has three employees who will receive the increase.
The council voted unanimously in favor of the the raise.
The Council agreed unanimously to allow the city to buy back up to 10 days vacation days requested by five city police officers.
Huddleston said Freds Dollar Store had made donations to the Manila Fire Department and the Manila Police Department in the amount of $421.71 each.
Mayor Wagner expressed his appreciation for the donation.
Mayor Wagner said the city had not received the final settlement from the airport land but the crops did look good this year. He said he would forward a report to the council when it has been finalized.
He reported on Southworth expansion commenting it is in full force.
He said the work on the Highway and ditches will help the drainage in Tipton subdivision and other places. Underground draining and ditches are being installed.
Mayor Wagner reminded council members planning to attend the Municipal League meeting Jan. 13-15 to let the city treasurer know so she can make reservations.
The Manila City Council meets the third Monday night of each month.