At the Oct. 17 City of Manawa Common Council meeting, a public hearing was held to consider amending and repealing Ordinance 232-3 because of the State of Wisconsin Concealed Carry Statute changes authorized by Wisconsin ACT 35.
Chief of Police David Walker explained during the public hearing that this amending and repealing would prohibit carrying weapons into any City of Manawa owned building, even if the owner has a concealed carry permit. This includes the municipal building, Sturm Memorial Library and Lindsay Park. He stated if passed, signs would be placed by all the main entrances to the buildings. The signs would state that carrying weapons into these buildings is prohibited. A sign would also be place at each of the two entrances to Lindsay Park.
Later during the council meeting the motion to approve Resolution 2011-13 repealing and replacing City Ordinance 232-3, Sections A-F prohibiting carrying weapons into any City of Manawa owned building was passed unanimously.
Also during the meeting, Lincoln O’Brien was sworn in as 3rd Ward Alderman.
A Committee as a Whole will meet on Monday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. to discuss the 2012 budget. There will also be a public hearing held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21 to discuss the 2012 budget.
There was a lot of discussion regarding reconstruction of Union Street. The planning of the project is already completed, but in order to do the project, the City of Manawa’s responsibility would be more than $600,000 for the street and sewer and water work. That money would have to be borrowed.
The field at Lindsay Park will be having black dirt added to it, meaning the high school baseball team will probably have to find a different place to play its games in the spring. The work was needed because of complaints from other schools regarding the condition of the field. Some of the materials and labor wer donated.
The first phase of the dam project repairing the spillway has been completed at a cost of $17,000.
It was also passed that a $100 fee be charged to rent the shelter house at Lindsay Park. If those renting the shelter house clean it when they are done, they will be refunded $50.
The purchase of a new truck for the City of Manawa was also approved.
Mayor Debby Nolan recognized Angie Meidam for 14 years of service to the City.