Decisions were made furthering Verona's street and drainage project at the April meeting of the city council. In addition, several city appointments were handled.
A proposal from the Southwest Missouri Council of Governments--Missouri State University in Springfield was accepted for professional administrative services for the Community Development Block Grant project for street and drainage improvements. It was noted 33 letters were mailed requesting proposals and only one was received.
Forty-seven letters were mailed requesting qualifications for professional engineering service for the project. Four responses were received. The council voted to select Tri-State Engineering as the engineer to design and inspect the project.
The council then voted to adopt a resolution stating the city's intent to seek funding through the Community Development Block Grant program. Another resolution was adopted to the effect that no occupied or vacant dwelling will be demolished or converted in the pending project.
The results of the April 7 municipal election were certified. City Clerk Julie Ruscha then swore in Deborah Snyder as a new alderman, incumbent Mayor Roy Snyder and incumbent alderman Matt Pruente.
The council voted to re-appoint Randee Stemmons as municipal court judge, Don Trotter as city attorney and the CPA Group-Monett as auditing firm for the 2008-09 fiscal year. Glenn Callison was named the city's new fire chief. He succeeds Bob Ruggles, who resigned in March.
Alderman Snyder was appointed to be the city's representative on the Southwest Solid Waste District Board.
Alderman Lloyd Airrington was named mayor pro-tem.
In other matters, Barbara Waters was present to discuss water run-off around her house and a large hole containing water at 470 E. Ella St.
Ron Greenwood, the city's wastewater treatment plant operator, and two representatives of American Dehyrdated Foods discussed the ADF south plant sending water from its lagoon into the city's wastewater plant. Brad Friend of ADF stated an estimated 21,000 gallons of water per day would go through the treatment plant and wanted to know if the city would be in agreement to allow the extra water to run through the plant and how much it would cost. Friend said this was just being looked at as an option.
|Greenwood informed the council the treatment plant could handle the extra water, but in the future it would not be able to handle an additional subdivision if that were to ever come up.|
The council was in agreement that ADF could consider using the city's plant as an option.
It was decided to hold the city-wide garage sale Aug. 7 and 8. Mayor Snyder suggested people could sign up for a booth in the city park.
The council voted to purchase 40 chairs from the Canopy Lodge Masons in Verona for 50 cents a chair. The council also voted to approve the identify theft program procedures with discussed changes.
It was decided to change the June monthly meeting date to Tuesday, June 16.
Chief Callison reported he is looking into the possibility of getting grants for a new fire engine and radios.
Two new members to the fire department were approved. They are Kevin Walles and Cesar Martinez.
The next meeting of the council will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 26.