Manila Council discusses pool and park at March meeting
Manila Mayor Wayne Wagner informed the city council the heated, therapeutic pool should be opening around April 17. The pool was one of the topics discussed at the March 27 council meeting.
Mayor Wagner said if anyone knew of an instructor willing to help to have them contact city hall. He went on to say the regular pool will open May 26, the Friday before Memorial Day.
Drawings will be held starting t 10 a.m. Saturday, April 8, at the Manila Community Center to book private parties at the pool.
The pool will be available to rent for private parties in the mornings at 10:00 and 5:30 in the evenings on Monday through Saturday. Sunday rentals will be available to church organizations. The cost is $250 for Monday through Thursday and $350 on Friday and Saturday. There will not be double bookings for rentals.
Regular pool price will remain the same at $5 from ages 1 to 60; no charge for 61 and older. Pool passes are available for $50. If the child participates in Manila sports, baseball, softball or soccer the passes are $40.
Mayor Wagner announced the Lions Club will host a fund raising baseball tournament at the park on May 12 and 13.
Manila High School will also host the Regional softball and baseball tournament at the Manila park on May 4, 5 and 6.
"Starting next week there will be at least three games a week at the Manila park. The cost of admission has been set at $3 for adults; $2 for children; and no charge for Manila students and senior citizens.
Mayor Wagner said the water tower cleaning project had been completed and everything is back on line. He commended Henry Ford, water superintendent.
"If anyone is still having a problem with water discoloration, they need to contact city hall and we will try to isolate the problem and correct it," Mayor Wagner said.
Mayor Wagner said he would be meeting with department heads once a week to organize a disaster plan for the city.
"We need to update our plan," Mayor Wagner said. "If there is an emergency situation we could be isolated and we need to be prepared. We need to have a plan so we will all work together for our town."
Councilman Dale Murphy said the Red Cross will help.
Repairing pot holes was discussed. Mr. Ford said as soon as the weather gets dry, they will work on patching the potholes. The conditions have to be dry for the cold patch to work. Mayor Wagner asked the council and citizens to call city hall and report the location of potholes and the city workers will get to them as soon as weather permits.
Mayor Wagner said Henry Ford, Police Chief James Skinner, and Parks and Recreation Manager Darrell Birmingham are on salary.
"They work hard at their jobs," Mayor Wagner said. "I assure you they put in their time. If they are off, it is because they have built up comp time by working extra hours when they are needed. We can talk about room for improvement, but our employees, as a whole, do a great job.
In other business:
*Mayor Wagner informed the council the 2016 final audit will go to the legislative committee on May 11 for final approval.
*There will be a gong show type variety show to raise money for the Manila basketball program on April 22 at the Airport Center.
*Strong winds had damaged the batting cage at the park.
*Mayor Wagner and Police Chief Skinner are working on bids for a police vehicle and should have them ready for a recommendation by the next meeting.
*Bids for the new senior citizen building are expected to go out April 1.
The next regular city council meeting will be held Monday, April 24.