According to Viola Mayor Jackie Estes, the city is close to adding new playground equipment to the city park.
The new equipment will be purchased to match the existing equipment and will be added to expand the facility.
"Some equipment may be connected to the playground equipment or some may stand alone beside it," Estes said.
According to Estes the new equipment will be funded with a grant from Arkansas State Parks and Tourism that will refund half of the cost of the new additions.
"The equipment will cost in the neighborhood of about $14,200 and the impact zone that goes under the equipment will run around $10, 250. After administration fees and all are paid it will be closer to $30,000," Estes said.
In other business, the fire department has facilities that need repair due to insulation problems and leakage and will consider solutions.
Fulton County has monies set aside that could help the city get a new set of Jaws of Life for emergency use. The unit that may be purchased is the same type used at Nascar events, according to the council. It is a light-weight unit that can be used by one man.
The fire department recently purchased two electric generators. In an emergency one will power the city hall and fire department. "We are going to get with local churches to be able to set up an emergency shelter with the second generator in an emergency. We have been working on our emergency plans," city employee Darrell Zimmer said.
During the meeting there was discussion regarding the Fulton County Hospital Board possibly receiving a portion of the fire department's half-cent sales tax. Discussion concluded that this would not be possible without a vote of the people.
"Most fire departments in the county, they rely on that half-cent sales tax," one council member said.
The council discussed the possible acquisition of a zero-turn radius mower. Another option was discussed regarding Larry Duncan possibly mowing for the city on an hourly pay basis.
"After you have a mower for two or three years, there is belts, and this maintenance and that maintenance," Estes said.
Estes will put together facts and numbers for a future meeting for the council to make the decision.
The city has been in contact with the state auditor and discussed possibly destroying old records through 1999 that are taking up valuable space. A motion was made and approved to destroy the records.
The council reviewed and approved the budget for 2008 and closed the meeting.