In a change from previous years, the Verona city fathers are planning a balanced budget for fiscal 2009-10.
At the March meeting of the city council, aldermen adopted a balanced budget in the amount of $305,470.
"We are going to try and make it work," City Clerk Julie Ruscha told The Times.
Last year the council adopted a budget that called for a surplus of $3,330. The city expected spending to come to $269,581 and income to be $272,911. The 2007-08 budget called for a surplus of $5,000.
For 2009-10, the council expected the major income source to be sewer bills in the amount of $90,000. Sewer was also the top income source the previous year at $71,800.
The second major source of income was projected to be property taxes in the amount of $55,000. Property taxes were also the second main source in 2008-09 at $47,000.
On the expense side, salaries and wages were expected to be the main expenditure at $89,000. This is for two full-time and two part-time employees. The previous year salaries and wages were expected to be $71,500.
The second highest expenditure for 2009-10 was projected to be a building lease at $42,000, which is the same as last year.
In other business, Jerald Norton from Tri-State Engineering of Joplin was approved to prepare a preliminary engineering report for the city's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding application for streets and drainage improvements.
After the council voted to adopt the identity theft program police required by he Federal Trade Commission, the city clerk was approved to be the city's program administrator.
David and JoNell Green requested a conditional use permit to move a mobile home next to their house at 234 No. First St. It was pointed out that by ordinance the minimum square footage for a mobile home is 1,440 square feet. The trailer home the Greens proposed to bring in is under 900 square feet. The council decided to postpone a decision on the matter until the April meeting.
An ordinance defining discriminatory housing practices and creating a fair housing committee was adopted. The ordinance is required in order for the city to apply for any CDBG funds.
Fire Chief Bob Ruggles submitted his resignation, which was accepted. Ruggles said he was resigning because his family was moving out of state. No decision was made regarding the appointment of a new chief at this time. In the meantime, Assistant Fire Chief Glenn Callison will be in charge of the fire department.
Mike Kissinger, animal control officer, stated dogs inside the city are more under control. Kissinger, who is also in charge of grounds maintenance, related that he has replaced faded stop signs, installed new warning signs on Main Street going over the railroad tracks, a caution sign and replaced some of the city limit signs.
Alderman Peggy Paynter suggested the city council appoint a different representative to the Southwest Solid Waste Management District board as she is going off the council in April.
A resolution establishing rules and regulations regarding the use of excessive force during non-violent civil rights demonstrations and providing penalties for violations was adopted.
The next monthly meeting of the council will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28.