Manila council changes meeting time
Manila City Council changed the regular meeting time, heard a request for variance, approved location for a bait shop and removed and added firefighters to the department at the July 23 meeting.
The council agreed to move the starting time for regular meetings from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The council meets the fourth Monday of each month at city hall; however, the August meeting date was changed to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20.
All council members, Donnie Wagner, Steven Milligan, Jason Baltimore, Dale Murphy, William Barnhart and Wendell Poteet, were present.
Mayor Wayne Wagner gave a report on the swimming pool/park. He said it has been a good year for the facility. The balance is ahead by $31,000 from the same time last year. The pool will close to the public on Aug. 13. Private rental parties will continue until Aug. 26.
Mayor Wagner and code enforcement officer Tracey Reinhart informed the board James Winstead has requested a building permit to put a 12'x23' building on property he owns on East Olympia Street. He plans to use the building to open a bait shop.
The council expressed no objections to the project.
Nathan Sammons addressed the council with plans to build a 30'x40' building for commercial use on the lower level and an apartment rental upstairs. The building will be located next to Southern Bancorp on main street. The building would have metal sides and be half brick on the front.
The council will discuss the project at the next meeting on Aug. 20.
On the request of Fire Chief Reinhart, Mayor Wagner presented four names, Chris Booker, T.J. Wood, Corby Dieu and Anthony Diffie, to be removed from the fire department. The council voted unanimously to approve the request.
Four new firefighters were approved unanimously. They are David Barnhart, Lewis Berryhill, Mike Warrenfells and Brady Clark.
School will start Aug. 13 with teachers returning Aug. 6.
“We have been busy around here,” Mayor Wagner said. “We had inmates at the school today helping. I have met with the highway department and the barrels along the new highway should be moved by next week. Members of the police department have been helping with traffic for the safety of our citizens."
Mayor Wagner gave a tentative date, Aug. 14, for open house at the new senior center. Some outside work, including replacing the cypress wall between the two buildings, will be done but the inside is ready to move into.
The Head Start daycare building should be moved from the school property to city property within 10 days. It will be located behind the fire station with future plans of it re-opening as a daycare. The building is located in front of the new high school. It was given to the city by the school to be moved.
Mayor Wagner said he is working on grants for sidewalks from the school to the park and from the school to town.
Additional fire hydrants will be placed on Olympia and Buttercup Lane.
Mayor Wagner said paving may be late this year as pavers are busy. Plans are to pave Springer Street, the new street to the senior center, Trump Street and Roy Benton. He said spot paving will be done in other places. Several of the potholes have been fixed.
Mayor Wagner commended the volunteers in the community. He thanked Councilman William Barnhart who has volunteered over 200 hours. “The city and all of the taxpayers appreciate our volunteers,” he said.
Manila has a new animal control officer, Jason McDaniel. He can be reached day or night by calling (870) 278-2393.