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Village Board meeting - Monday, 2 November 2020. Face-to-Face Meeting & Conference call beginning at 7pm
November 2, 2017

The Village of Viola Board of Trustees will be holding their November regularly scheduled meeting via a socially distanced and masked meeting at the Viola Community Center at 7pm on Monday, 2 November 2020. A Conference Call is also available. All trustees and visitors are encouraged to dial in

via 1-267-930-4000; the participant code 170 443 815#

The Village Board is allowed to hold their meeting in this format via the IL Governorís Executive Order 2020-07, issued on March 16, 2020. That order suspends the Open Meetings Act provisions relating to in-person attendance by members of a public body. Specifically, the Governorís Order: (1) suspends the requirement in Section 2.01 that ďmembers of a public body must be physically present;Ē and (2) suspends the limitations in Section 7 on when remote participation is allowed.

In order to comply with the remainder of the Open Meetings Act, the public may dial into this meeting and comment during the time set aside for public comment.

If you have questions about the Open Meetings Act and/or the Freedom of Information Act, please contact the PAC at the following number: 1-877-299-3642 or by email at

Doin's In & Around Viola
September 26, 2017
What's happening in and around the Village?
Why go anywhere else this weekend?

31 October 2020, 5-7pm Halloween Trick or Treating [see the COVID-19 cautions]

2 November 2020, Village Board Meeting, 7pm, Face-to-Face at Community Center & Phone in Conference Call due to COVID-19 and Phase 4 Executive Order. See more below

7 December 2020, Village Board Trustee nominating caucus. Meeting venue to be determined.

Viola Community Food Pantry - Methodist Church, 1st Tuesday of the month: 9 - 11am; 3rd Thurs of the month: 1-6pm. Visit the Community Food Pantry on Facebook.

Third[yes! 'Third'] Cemetery Newsletter available in photo gallery along with the gravesite map. New Newsletter New cemetery map kiosk at cemetery entrance. Cemetery FaceBook page available at

Full posters loaded into the Around the Village Photo Gallery Album

2020 Halloween Tricking or Treating in the season of COVID-19 and IDPH Guidelines
October 31,
The Village of Viola Board of Trustees has set Halloween 2020's Trick or Treating for Saturday, October 31 from 5-7pm. During this Covid-19 pandemic, the Illinois Department of Public Health has issued the following guidance:

As a reminder, if you think you could have COVID-19 or may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should not participate in in-person Halloween festivities and should not give out candy to trick-or-treaters. Individuals at increased risk for severe illness should not attend in-person Halloween gatherings.

Neighborhood trick-or-treating

  • 1)As an alternative to door-to-door trick-or-treating, anyone who would like to distribute treats should leave individually wrapped candy or treats on a table, on their front walkways, sidewalks, or any outdoor space that allows for at least 6feet of social distance from the door. The individually wrapped candy should be spread outso each piece is not touching another. Anyone distributing candy or treats should wash their hands properly for at least 20 seconds before placing the candy on the table and when replenishing.
  • 2)All individuals participating in trick-or-treating, including those passing out candy should maintain social distance of least 6feet and wear proper face coverings. A costume mask, such as those worn for Halloween, is not a substitute for a face covering. If face coverings are worn under costume masks, please ensure this does not create breathing problems, and if so, discard the costume mask.
  • 3)Only household members should trick-or-treat together,and they should maintain 6-feet social distance from other trick-or-treaters at all times. Mixed household trick-or-treaters are discouraged.
  • 4)Alcohol-based hand sanitizer should be carried and used frequently.
  • 5)Candy collected during trick-or-treating should not be consumed until after handwashing. As always, aparent/guardian should check allcandy to make sure it is wrappedand should discard unwrapped candy.
  • 6)And,of course,practice good dental hygiene as well.
  • 7)Outdoor areas are preferredfor trick-or-treating.Enclosed indoor areas, like apartment buildings, present greater risk of transmission. Open doors and windows as appropriate to promote increased ventilation.

An alternative to traditional trick-or-treating is to set up in a large parking lot or other outdoor setting with tables with individually wrapped candy (spaced apart) where participants with a parent/guardian can parade past while still keeping 6-feet of distance and wearing a face covering. Itís suggested to offer reserved time slots to limit everyone showing up at once.

Golf Cart and UTV Ordinance enacted 10 days after publication
September 8,

The newly passed Golf Cart and UTV Ordinance for the Village will become effective 10 days after it is published in the Aledo Times Record.

The ordinance allows for the driving of golf carts and UTV's not ATV's on Village streets once they are inspected for the proper equipment, the licensing fee is paid and a decal is obtained. Read the ordinance here

The application form is contained in the same section as the ordinance.

Golf carts, ATV, sidebysides and off-road vehicles illegal for Highway use
September 7,
Just a reminder from Chief Perry: Operating golf carts, ATV's, side-by-sides or off-road vehicles on the highways passing through the Village of Viola is illegal by State Law.

Golf carts and side-by-sides on Village streets require a safety inspection and the purchase of a decal.

Read the ordinance here

A Message from the Mayor -- Suspicious Activity
September 6,
Just in case you haven't been seeing much news lately.

Suspicious activity has been increasingly widespread in smaller communities. Colona Illinois has had car break ins; a car was found in Matherville stolen from Rock Island and they think they ditched it and stole one from Matherville .

It is not really in our culture here to lock up and take keys out of our vehicles or lock our homes at all times, however we should be doing what we can to protect ourselves and not present ourselves as easy targets.

Please discuss with friends and family to do the same. For some reason it looks like smaller towns are being targeted at the moment Thanks Kirk

Census follow-up calls are underway
September 26,
Census follow-up calls are underway. Follow-up calls ensure that everyone is counted, counted only once, and counted in the right place.

If you get a call from (844) 809-7717, it is not a scam. It is the US Census with a question about some part of your self-response. If the person does not pick up, they can call back at that same number. The Census will attempt multiple calls.

For those concerned about spoofed calls, this is the safe way to handle.

Official page: Will I Receive A Call From The Census?

When you call back, they ask for the 12-digit census ID which they include in the call back message. If the person does not have it we can look up the house using the phone number and address. No problem.

An example for checking would be confirming that a college-aged member of the family should not be counted at home, but instead be counted on their campus.

Reporting Stray Dogs and Cats
June 1,
If you wish to report a stray animal, please call the Viola Village Police first [309.596.4111] or e-mail Officer David Perry [].

It is best to start with our local officer as it costs the Village [and you] less to corral the animal than having the County Animal Control do it. Mercer County Animal Control charges a yearly membership fee AND a fee for each animal.

Your Village Board has decided to save the fees by handling the strays locally.

Of course, if this is an emergency and you cannot reach Chief Perry, please dial 911.

Board minutes, Village bills and Treasurer's reports updated
January 27,
Thank you to the sharp-eyed reader who noticed that the Board minutes had not been updated lately.

Your overworked, but unpaid web admin took a rainy Friday afternoon to upload Board minutes, Village bills and Treasurer's reports from December 2019 for your reading pleasure.

Thanx for letting us know that someone in the Village reads the webpage.

PayPal available for water bills
January 18,
Now you can pay your water bill with the convenience of PayPal.

The PayPal button on the main and Departments pages of the website is fully functional and waiting for you.

If you have questions about your water bill, the number to call is 309.596-2510.

Or you can send an eMail to
Mercer County Better Together
January 18,
Just what does Mercer County Better Together do for the Village of Viola?

Take a look at the MCBT 2018 annual report in the Photo Gallery to see how big a return the organization brings in.


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