Verona aldermen voted to not raise the property tax rate for the city for 2009 at the August meeting of the city council.
By a vote of 3-0 with Alderman Robert Baker absent, the council retained last year's tax rate of 7.581 cents on $100 assessed valuation. A public hearing on the tax rate was held a week before the monthly meeting.
Last year the council raised the 2007 rate by 1.47 cents after the council reviewed reports submitted by the Missouri State Auditor's Office in regard to the maximum rate permitted by state statute, which is $.7581 per $100 assessed valuation.
In other matters, two Verona residents, Weaver Forrest and Mark Koehler, expressed concern about Police Chief Joseph Powell.
Forrest asked if there was a job description for the police chief. Mayor Roy Snyder said there is a partial job description in the city ordinances.
Koehler said he understood that patrolling Highway 60 was not breaking the law but felt the police chief was overdoing his job.
It was noted the city has an old copy machine that barely works, and two printers and a computer monitor that are not in working order. The council decided to give the items to anyone who wants to pick them up.
The council voted to purchase a load of gravel to spread at the sewer plant.
Sheila Massengill, who has completed a probationary period, was hired as a part-time cleaning person and to help the municipal court clerk as needed with an $1-an-hour raise.
Approval was given to purchase paint and repair materials for the playground equipment in the city park as part of an Eagle Scout project.
Fire Chief Glenn Callison reported three calls to assist in the past month. He also requested upgrading the fire department cell phone at a minimal cost, which was approved.
The council decided to allow the 1,500-gallon water tank truck to be returned to the Missouri Conservation Department or to allow it to be given to another entity.
In a written report, Chief Powell noted 44 citations given during the past month.
Also in a written report, Ron Greenwood, of the sewer department, said all operations are normal, and the plant and lift stations are operating well.
City Clerk Julie Ruscha said two sewer disconnects were made due to lack of payment. She also reminded those present of a public hearing on Sept. 15 to discuss a proposed sewer rate increase.
The next meeting of the council will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22.