Viola City Council discusses possible vicious dog ordinance

Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Viola City Council met in regular session the week of July 23. Present for the meeting were Jackie Estes, Duane Barber, Amber Williams, Dennis Harber, Darrell Zimmer, and Mike Beaver

The minutes and financial statements were approved as presented.

In old business, the mayor reported that speed limit signs for Circle Drive have or will be ordered soon. Regarding the park, we are still pursuing fencing or a traffic barrier for the middle ball field.

The mayor reported that the mulch for the playground equipment at the City Park has deteriorated to the point maybe only an inch or two is all that is left. Dennis Harber made a motion to purchase a load of mulch for the playground. Amber Williams seconded the motion. Passed 3-0.

In a report from the water department, Darrell Zimmer informed the Council a road bore on the north end of town is complete, and he will soon make new connections to repair a leak.

He also reported that Arkansas Rural Water personnel had recently completed an inspection of the City's water tower.

The preliminary results showed that paint on the tank is peeling off in large areas. The tank will need to be painted and repaired in the next twelve months. The repairs could cost as much as $80,000. He told the council he will make contacts with various agencies to discuss help with financing such a repair.

There was no report from the Viola Fire Department.

The mayor spoke to the Council about a citizen's concerns regarding pit bulls and other vicious dogs. The mayor has contacted the City of Salem and obtained copies of its ordinances controlling these types of dogs. The mayor will attempt to have a preliminary copy of an ordinance for the Council's viewing next month.

The city still has Weather Alert radios for sale. The price is $24. You may call 458-2704 or come by City Hall to pick one up. Darrell Zimmer will program the radio.

Dennis Harber made a motion to adjourn at 7:30 p.m. Amber Williams seconded the motion. Passed 3-0.

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