Three sections of land were annexed to the city limits of Verona as a result of action taken by the Verona City Council at the June meeting.
Incorporated into the city limits were: the right-of-way widths between the south city limits and Highway 60, a distance of one and a third miles; the right-of-way widths from approximately one-third mile west of Lawrence Farm Road 1140 to approximately one-third mile east of Lawrence Farm Road 1160, a distance of approximately 2.6 miles; and the right-of-way widths between Highway 60 and Business Highway 60, a distance of approximately one-fourth mile.
In other matters, Ron Greenwood, the city's treatment plant operator, gave the council a copy of an industrial user permit to be used for allowing American Dehydrated Foods (ADF) to discharge industrial wastewater into the treatment plant. Greenwood pointed out the plant is small, and it is important to ensure the limits were not violated.
The council voted to set effluent discharge violation charges at $5,000 per day of violation for the first offense and after four days to not allow use until the violation was fixed, and $10,000 per day of violation for a second offense within a year's time and after four days to not allow use until the situation was corrected.
It was decided council members would meet with ADF officials to discuss the contents of the industrial user permit.
Regarding wastewater ordinance billing modifications, it was noted that because the sewer system is associated with Empire Electric District and the city depends on Empire to shut off sewer/water services when there is a delinquent account, it was decided to discuss modifications with representatives of Empire and bring the matter up again at the July council meeting.
City Clerk Julie Ruscha pointed out a sewer bill can remain past due and unpaid for a period of three months and a certified letter notification sent before a delinquent account can be disconnected. She said there are repeat offenders in Verona who every three months have to be sent a certified letter for disconnect. The clerk said the process is very time consuming and costly. The council was in agreement that this part of the sewer ordinance needs to be changed.
The council voted to accept a $450 proposal from Mr. Clean of Exeter to strip and wax the tile floors at city hall. The council also decided to purchase a janitorial cart.
Council members voted to sign a 2010 Census Resolution that details the importance of filling out census forms.
Mayor Roy Snyder said he had granted permission to Janet Alberding, of the Toilers n' Tillers Garden Club, to plant a flower garden in the city park as long as the garden would be maintained.
The next meeting of the council will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28.