Last updated: July 18. 2013 1:10PM - 97 Views
Martha Sparks
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MAN — No bad luck for Man area residents this Friday the 13th when the Town of Man hosts a pool party.


Councilman John Fekete discussed the latest goings on at the Town of Man Pool during Monday evening’s council meeting.


A recent effort by the town to help citizens cool down when power was out wound up helping out the town as well noted Councilman Roger Muncy. Last week the Man Park Board approved letting people swim for free all week long during a troubling heat wave, which was exacerbated by the problem of major power outages in the Man area.


“They had so many people who showed up to swim that they sold out of everything at the concessions stand,” Muncy explained.


Fekete noted that over a hundred people a day showed up to swim — and had healthy appetites as the concession stand sold out every day.


“We didn’t really expect that,” Fekete said. “Our intention was to just help people stay cool during the heat wave and power outages. We thank Martha Sparks at the Logan Banner for getting the word out to the community about the free swimming. It really made a difference. We would also like to thank Kevin Mathis and our lifeguards for doing a great job.”


Fekete said the town will have a major pool party coming up on Friday, July 13 featuring free hot dogs, music and games at the pool.


The good times will not end there, however. Muncy noted the town’s popular Summer Street Fair will be returning on August 3rd with live music, food, vendors, inflatable games for kids and more.


The Council approved two motions to accept petitions for a proposed annexation project. The first set of signatures was from residents of the Hensley Heights area to the middle school. The second set was 100 signatures from Freeholders in the town. Councilman Daryl Mangum said the approval would mean that the proposal would be placed on a ballot and set up to be decided at an election.


• Mayor Jim Blevins said the town’s new sidewalk project might begin as soon as September. City employee Dwayne Mounts said that at this point all that is holding back the project from going full steam ahead is some final paperwork being approved. Mayor Blevins said after the approval the bids will be opened at town hall and the work should begin on the project that actually goes back a few years.


• The new electronic sign that will greet people coming into town has been delayed going online until August due to recent power outages and utility line repairs.


• Blevins asked for a revision to the town’s budget for Coal Severance Taxes due to them being “a little more than was expected.”


Young people looking for an opportunity to start a career in law enforcement should apply to the Town of Man Police Department, Blevins said recently. “If you are a young person interested in becoming a police officer and you can pass the physical agility test and complete the academy training, we are looking for you,” Blevins said. Like other municipal agencies the town of Man Police Department has lost officers over the years to the Logan County Sheriff’s Department and is looking for good recruits. Several veteran law enforcement officers and former police chiefs such as Noah Lombardo, Steve Simpkins and Robert Ward worked at the Man Police Department in their careers.

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