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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

Board minutes, Village bills and Treasurer's reports updated
June 22,
Thank you to the sharp-eyed reader who noticed that the Board minutes had not been updated since August 2017.

Your overworked, but unpaid web admin took a rainy Friday afternoon to upload Board minutes, Village bills and Treasurer's reports from September 2017 thru May 2018 for your reading pleasure.

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

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 Officer Tom, please dial 911.

Village Board Meeting, Village Hall.
March 4,

Your regularly scheduled Village Board meets the first Monday of every month at 7pm, except when the Monday is a holiday.

The Water & Sewer Committee meets Wednesday -- 27 February, 6:30 pm -- at the Village Hall.

Come on up and watch your representatives in action.

Approved minutes from the Village Board meetings are contained in the Village Board Minutes album of the Photo Gallery

Downtown Viola: What do you want to see?
March 21,
We need YOUR input!

The Village of Viola invites you to a special open house

Saturday, March 30th, 1-3:30pm, Viola Community Center, 1703 14th Ave

Meet the students of the University of Illinois Department of Urban and Regional Planning

See their revitalization plans for downtown Viola

Share your thoughts with members of the planning team, one on one

full poster of this announcement in Photo section. Downtown Viola

What's DURP?
March 13,
the Department of Urban and Regional Development and the Village are working together to revitalize the Crossroads of Rt.67 & 17. Your involvement is a necessary part of this effort. Plans for the project are in the Photo Album section of the website.

The University of Illinois students who are part of DURP have a facebook page where you can add your comments and suggestions.

There are no photos or mockups at this time, but with your suggestions those will be coming soon. Many of the photos on the page are from other projects and could be part of our Village.

What do you think?

Rt.67-17 reinvigoration project
March 13,
The University of Illinois project that is working with the Village to reinvigorate the Rt.67-17 area have a facebook page where you can add your comments and suggestions.

There are no photos or mockups at this time, but with your suggestions those will be coming soon.

Cemetery Cleanup -- March 1st

March 1,

The semiannual cemetery cleanup will begin Friday, March 1st 2019

Please have all decorations you wish to keep removed from your loved ones graves before that date. Shepherds hooks and poles can remain.

Watch this website to know when to decorate for spring

Doin's In & Around Viola
February 15,
What's happening in and around the Village?
Why go anywhere else this weekend?

15 February 2019, 9am, Village Hall UofI Planning Team, Rt.67/17 downtown redevelopment

1 March 2019Semi-Annual Cemetery Clean up

4 March 2019, Village Board Meeting, 7pm, Village Hall

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

Viola Rt. 67/17 Downtown study

February 15,

A University of Illinois Planning Team and the Viola Village Board are conducting a study on what can be done with the Rt.67/17 downtown area of the Village.

The University of Illinois students who are tackling the Viola Project are looking at coming up to Viola on Friday, February 15 around 9 am. They will spend a good portion of the day in the community and want to meet with the Trustees and other citizens of the Village.

You do not have to be at the Village Hall at 9 am, but plan on dropping in at some convenient time during the day.

Project Scope The Planning Team aims to produce a visionary and achievable strategy for utilization and ultimate redevelopment of the downtown properties currently owned by the Village of Viola. This future development will not occur overnight - it will require sustained and incremental work by Village leaders, residents, business owners, and community stakeholders to determine what the site will look like in the future. The Planning Team hopes to help facilitate this community based process through a focused visioning exercise of the next ten weeks.

The Planning Team envisions the project culminating in a Downtown Redevelopment Plan prepared by the planning team with input from Viola residents.

The Planning Team will provide the Village of Viola with a series of strategies and potential designs that can help residents realize the potential of their downtown.

Preparing this plan will require several steps, with community input occuring at various stages.

Plan on making your wishes for a greater Village known.

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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