Ila residents may have noticed a difference on their water bills last month. The discrepancy was due to the new computer system the city has in reading the meters.
According to city officials at the July 5 council meeting, the system was “miscalibrated,” resulting in the loss of revenue for the city. The problem is expected to be fixed this week and residents will see their water bills return to normal on the next bill. Residents should receive a letter explaining the mistake and asking them to bear with the city as the problem is resolved.
The exact amount of revenue lost to the city is unclear at this time.
Also during Monday night’s meeting, the Ila City Council heard from Keith Lord of the Ila Fire Department about the purchase of a new pump truck to replace the aging number 7 engine.
Ila’s fire department will pay just over $47,000 a year on a 10-year lease for the fire truck. Besides the added benefit of a newer engine the new truck should help to lower the insurance rating for the city as well as increase the service the fire department can provide. The engine is being purchased from FireLine, Inc. in Winder.
Ila’s centennial celebration is approaching at the end of the month.
The 100-year birthday celebration of the town will take place July 31 from 10 a.m. until noon.