The city of Ila may soon have a long-awaited back up well for its water system.
William Smith, a former Ila mayor, told the council last week that he is willing to lease the city some of his land for 35 years at $1 per year, so they can drill a well and build a pump house for the filter system. The council agreed and instructed city clerk Susan Steed to contact city attorney Pat Graham to draw up the lease agreement.
The council agreed to flush the water lines on Nov. 9 so that contractors Harrison and Harrison could perform tests on the new water line on King Street before hooking it up.
Mayor Mike Coile read a letter to the council from a resident on King Street complaining about the dirt Harrison and Harrison left on the road following construction.
Steed read a “thank you” note from Mayor Coile and his family for the food the council provided when his son Hayden returned from the hospital following cancer treatments.
Steed said Brian Smith will hang the city’s Christmas decorations again this year.