Viola Mayor Jackie Estes reported at the Feb.17 city council meeting the Viola Fire Department is working on a FEMA grant in order to purchase a new rescue vehicle. He told the council the city would have to match 10 percent of the money if the grant is approved. The motion to pass the 10 percent match was approved.
The mayor also presented a request from the Tri-County Recycling Center for the city to make a donation of $1 per resident. Councilman James Collins asked the mayor to look into how other communities were handling the request and for the city to make a similar donation, not to exceed $380.
Councilman Dennis Harber made a motion to put $600 a month into a Capital Outlay Fund for the purchase of a new pumper for the fire department. This amount would be put into the fund from the general fund, as long as the general fund has at least $30,000 per month. Harber asked the fire department to match these funds and the motion passed.
Estes informed the council that the school had agreed to split the cost of replacing the backstops on the baseball and softball fields at the park. The council agreed to pay its half of the costs in the agreement.