Fire Chief Ken Sanders appealed to the Viola City Council Aug. 15 for its support of the 1/2-cent sales tax proposal that will be placed on the November general election ballot. The tax will be used exclusively to maintain and operate the local fire departments, Sanders said. The tax receipts would be evenly divided among the departments in the county. If the tax is approved each department would receive around $10,000 to $13,000, he said.
Sanders also spoke to the council about the need for a newer, bigger pumper. The council agreed that Sanders should pursue the matter and report back.
The council voted and approved an ordinance granting a cable television franchise to Monty McCullough with Salem Cable to provide cable service to the city. McCullough is completing negotiations with the current provider, Cablevision, to purchase its system.
The council accepted the bid from King Asphalt for paving the walking trail at the city park. The council approved the paving of the new street at the city park and requested that King Asphalt perform the work when it paves the trail.
The council agreed to extend the new walking trail approximately 500 feet and tie it in with the existing parking lot or street to create a longer track.
The council voted to proceed with installing about eight security lights at the new walking trail.