Viola City Council met in regular session April 23 at 6:30 p.m. During the meeting, the storm clean-up, water leaks, spring clean-up and ball park were all discussed.
The council agreed that Saturday, May 9 will be the city's spring clean-up day. Anyone who wishes to have their unwanted items hauled off should place them near the street by 8 a.m. the morning of May 9. There will be a reminder of spring clean-up for residents on their May water bill. The council said batteries, car tires and other items deemed hazardous waste cannot be picked up.
Darrell Zimmer told the council that the debris removal from the ice storm is in the final stages. According to Zimmer, the clean-up should be finished by the end of the month.
Zimmer also told the council that all of the paper work FEMA requires is in order. He said the city should be ready to ask for reimbursement from FEMA to cover the city's cost in the clean-up.
FEMA will reimburse 75 percent of the cost from storm clean-up, the state will reimburse 12.5 percent and the city is responsible for the remaining 12.5 percent.
Zimmer also informed the council that the fire department has applied for a FEMA grant to purchase a new 2,000 gallon tanker truck. He said if the department is approved for the grant, the city's cost for the tanker would be approximately $9,000.
It was reported that after storm clean-up is finished there are three leaks in the water system that need attention.
Mayor Jackie Estes informed the council that a couple of light poles have been installed at the baseball field. He said that Fulton County Rural Water System will be hooked into the water lines serving the city park as soon as the inspections are completed.