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Questions Raised About Verona Police Patrols

Friday, August 7, 2009

Concern was expressed at the July meeting of the Verona City Council by three residents regarding city police patrolling on recently annexed portions of Highway 60 and Business Highway 60.

Ed Koehler, Mark Koehler and Robert Koehler, who all live outside the city limits of Verona, said they were displeased about law enforcement patrolling Highway 60 instead of patrolling inside the city.

Police Chief Joseph Powell said he has been in contact with the Missouri State Highway Patrol regarding patrolling portions of Highway 60 and Business 60 which were voluntarily annexed to the city in June. Powell said that the Patrol told him if there was a major accident with fatalities and the city was not patrolling and slowing down speeders, it could cause a lawsuit for the city. Powell assured the Koehlers that the majority of citations given out on Highway 60 were to people going 15 miles an hour or more over the speed limit.

The Koehlers also asked which farm roads were affected by the annexation and were told by Mayor Roy Snyder that only Farm Road 1150 from Highway 60 to just under the bridge was affected.

In a related matter, the council adopted an ordinance amending the legal description of the annexation right-of-way ordinance. It was explained that the Missouri Department of Transportation omitted a small portion of a section in the original ordinance.

Two ordinances dealing with water and sewer were adopted. The first one involved approving contractual arrangements with Empire District Electric for the disconnection of water services for nonpayment of sewer charges.

The second ordinance amended a 2002 ordinance in regards to charges and rates. According to the ordinance, disconnect/reonnect fees are: $15 for red tag door; $15 for request to Empire for disconnect; $25 for trip to premises (payment on site); $35 to complete disconnect; and $50 to reconnect.

A public hearing on the city's property tax rate and sewer rate was set for 7 p.m. Aug. 18. Mayor Snyder noted the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development recommends a yearly cost-of-living increase on the sewer rate to keep up with expenses.

The police chief said his department issued 81 citations and 68 warnings during the past month. Powell also stated repairs on one of the police cars is necessary, and the council voted to approve repairs in the amount of $900.

Following a request by Powell, the council approved advertising for reserves for the police department.

Fire Chief Glenn Callison reported three alarms in the past month as well as a burning complaint. He also requested funds to promote Fire Prevention Week in the Verona schools the first week of October.

The next regular meeting of the council will be 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27.



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