The city of Ila now has a back-up well for its water system. Mayor Mike Coile told the city council last week that Oconee Well Drillers drilled the 300-foot well and that it produces close to 100 gallons per minute.
Mayor Coile told council members that they need to think of a design for the pump house that will enclose the new well.
The council approved the GEFA (Georgia Environmental Facilities Association) loan, which is not to exceed $400,000. The loan money will be used to pay for water system upgrades to the town’s aging water system.
The council also approved a five-year contract extension with Waste-Pro for garbage service. The new contract will expire on Dec. 15, 2015. The contract includes a 3.5-percent increase in garbage fees per year over the next five years and a change in fuel price clause that was requested by the council.
City appointments for 2010 include: mayor pro-tem – Don Freeman; city clerk – Susan Steed; city attorney – Pat Graham; city bank – First Citizens and water – Mike Coile.
City department heads for 2010 are: water – Coile, D. Freeman and Troy Butler; streets – D. Freeman and Nathaniel Hobbs; fire – Coile and D. Freeman and public safety – Hobbs and Peggy Freeman.
Councilman Nathaniel Hobbs reported that he has attended a preconstruction meeting with the Georgia Department of Transportation concerning the resurfacing of Sewell Mill Road. Hobbs said the D.O.T. will resurface the road from Hwy. 98 to the intersection of Campbell Street sometime in late February or early March. The city must repair a small section of the road before resurfacing begins.