Concern has been expressed by citizens at recent Verona City Council meetings that Verona may turn into a speed trap. Patrols made by Verona Police Chief Joseph Powell on recently annexed portions of Highway 60 and Business 60 prompted the concern.
A check with Verona Municipal Court Clerk Julie Ruscha disclosed that except for a one-month spike, the number of tickets being issued by police have remained fairly constant.
"Most tickets handled by the municipal court are for speeding," said Ruscha. "And I would say they are well justified."
In June of this year the city annexed three portions of land to the city limits that includes small portions of Highway 60 and Business 60.
According to municipal court records, a total of 44 tickets were issued for the month of August and 82 for July.
For the months prior to the annexation, the totals were: June, 41; May, 45; April, 41; March, 16; February, 20; and January, 40.
Continuing back to when Powell was hired as chief in October of 2008, the totals were: December, 40; and November, 69.
"I think the number of tickets being issued is a good thing," Ruscha.
"The majority of tickets are for people going 15 miles per hour or more over the speed limit, which is 60 miles per hour," she continued. "There have been many tickets where the person was going 20 to 25 miles per hour over the limit. There was one when the person was going 33 miles per hour over the speed limit. I believe the patrols have really helped in slowing down traffic."