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Council approves new warning siren

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The Manning City Council approved a resolution accepting the proposal for a new severe weather warning siren and activator during their monthly meeting Tuesday.

Now the City will begin creating a contract and the new siren and activators will go up this fall. It will cost $11,828 and will be covered by a grant from the Department of Homeland and Security.

The extra siren will provide additional protection down by the little league baseball field.

The city purchased the parking lot and green space at 141 Main Street. The eastern side of the parking lot will be leased out for apartment parking. The council discussed if they wanted to set rules for the public parking portion of the lot to ensure there is enough spaces for overflow parking for Hillside Splash and the Rec Center.

Instead of setting parking rules right off the bat, the council decided to install signage signaling parking is for the Rec Center and event parking and talk to the public if parking is being abused.

City council elections are around the corner and five of the six positions will be up for election. Manning will have three full city council terms, one two-year council term and the mayor on the ballot this year. Filing to be on the ballot opens Aug. 23 and closes Sept. 16.

In other matters, Austin Wiederin proposed to the council the idea of creating a dog park as part of his Eagle Scout project. The council was supportive in concept and asked him to get more details and bring back his proposal.

Also addressed at the meeting:

— The council conducted its regular overlook of the financial review policy and year-end balances for the city. The review showed Manning is doing better than the reserve policy intended.

— The city will be updating zoning and is requesting volunteers for the job. Kyle Arp and Ryan Doyle agreed to help the working group to look at zoning updates that will then be brought back to the council.

— No items were discussed during the public forum and all items of the consent agenda passed without deliberation.

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