Manila City Council finalizes senior center plans

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Manila City Council met in special session Monday evening to finalize plans for the new senior citizen building.

Manila Mayor Wayne Wagner read a resolution approving grants to help pay a portion of the cost of the senior center.

Four council members were present, William Barnhart, Donnie Wagner, Wendell Poteet and Steven Milligan. The quorum voted unanimously to approve the grant resolution.

The council then voted to deposit $12,500 from the general fund to an account at Southern Bancorp to total the amount needed for the project.

The low bid came in at $502,000.

Mayor Wagner gave a rundown on the funding which included a $406,000 grant from AIDC; $40,000 grant from Delta Regional USDA; $10,000 grant from USDA; and a $20,000 Walmart grant. Wagner went on to explain with the architect costs, administrative fees and soil analysis, the total cost came in at $564,000.

Manila Industries, Inc. approved a loan of $75,000 for the project.

“Manila Industries have always been good to help young people in the community get started in local businesses,” Mayor Wagner said. “They helped Tommy and Wes (Wagner) with a loan. Tommy and Wes agreed to repay the $75,000 loan several years early if Manila Industries would in turn use the money to help build the senior citizen building.”

Mayor Wagner expressed his appreciation to Tommy and Wes and Manila Industries for helping with the project.

“It is a win, win situation,” Mayor Wagner said. “It is everyone helping each other for the betterment of our community.”

Mayor Wagner announced there will be a pre-construction meeting on July 5 at City Hall. A groundbreaking will be held at 10:30 a.m. July 12, and construction is scheduled to begin July 14.

The next city council meeting will be 5 p.m. Monday, July 26.

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