Manawa council approves archery, fishing for summer rec
Archery and fishing will be part of Manawa’s summer recreation program for 2015.
The new summer rec options were approved by the Manawa Common Council at its March 16 meeting.
“These programs will help get kids outdoors,” said Mayor John Smith.
The archery and fishing programs will be operated under the supervision of wardens from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
The council approved the hiring of summer recreation employees Ansley Block, McKenzie Zielke, Billy Murphy, Camden Moser and Zach Kreklow.
At the recommendation of the Parks and Recreation Committee, the council did not approve the purchase of the Craig family land near Lindsay Park.
According to committee chair Mike Frazier, the city has no plans or ideas to use this land in the future, and the city cannot afford to maintain the existing trail.
“We do not have the resources to maintain that walking trail,” Smith said.
Frank Jaeger, director of public works, announced that the Trail Committee wants to extend the trail from the south end and the west side of Beech Street, at no cost to the city.
The trail will provide access to other trails and a pathway to the Manawa schools.
Jaeger suggested that a letter be drafted stating that the city is not responsible for the maintenance of this trail.
The council accepted the town of Little Wolf’s request to opt out of the dam agreement.
“We decided as a city we will move forward without them,” Frazier said.
City Clerk Cheryl Hass said that the refinancing went better than expected. With a 2.15 percent rate, the city will save about $30,000 in interest.
The council adopted a resolution opposing county assessment in the state budget bill.
“It will reduce local control and increase cost to the local taxpayer,” Smith said. “We would also lose the convenience of a local board of review.”
Hass noted that the proposed change from local to county assessments would hurt the smaller communities, such as Manawa.
Pay by bag
The council did not approve the proposed pay per bag garbage program.
Smith expressed concerned that the city budget does not include money to start the program.
“We are on a zero percent increase budget,” he said.
Alderperson Lincoln O’Brien said the council should not approve the program until citizens request it.
“I don’t see a benefit to the people in the community,” he said.
In other business, the council:
• Approved a $505,505 bid from Kruczek Construction, Inc. for the Second Street project.
• Approved one-year operator’s licenses for Samantha Johnson and Karen Thompson and a six-month probationary license for Betsy Kaminske.
• Adopted a resolution authorizing the Manawa Fire Board to borrow funds to purchase a new fire truck.
• Set the board of review from 3:45-5:45 p.m. May 18 and open book from 10 a.m. to noon April 30.