Plans for getting American Dehydrated Foods (ADF) hooked up to the Verona sewer system were furthered at the September meeting of the Verona City Council.
Brad Friend, of ADF, submitted proposed changes to the industrial user permit. After being told by Ron Greenwood, the Verona sewer plant operator, that a flow of 21,000 gallons was the maximum and could not be changed, Friend agreed to the amount.
Friend said the discharge penalties that had been set were steep and would cause the company to put the hook-up proposal on the shelf. The penalties were $5,000 per day of violation and a shut-off after four days until the problem was fixed for the first offense, and $10,000 per day of violation and a shut-off after four days until the problem was fixed for the second offense.
The ADF representative said the industry planned to set up a pump and it could be set where only the maximum amount would flow each day. Friend also proposed that the penalty for the first offense be $500 per day of violation and after four days they be shut off until the situation was fixed. He said if the industry took a sample that exceeded the limit, it would immediately fix the program or shut down.
It was the general consensus of the council that the industrial user permit would be workable. It was decided that Greenwood would make the changed agreed upon and resubmit a copy of the permit to ADF and the council for approval.
In other matters, Michael Perry, with Sullivan Publications, presented a proposal to recodify the city ordinances. The estimated cost would be $8,500, payable in four payments and could be split between two budget years. The council decided to place the matter on the agenda for the October meeting.
Following a report that a public hearing on a sewer rate increase was held Sept. 15, the council adopted a new sewer rate. It was decided at the public hearing to leave the base rate $11.50 and to raise the 1,000-gallon unit rate by 25 cents to $2.88.
The council voted to release the tax lien on the property at 488 Miller Ray after it was announced the delinquent sewer bill of $133.87 had been paid.
The purchase of an air compressor at a cost of up to $400 was approved.
A decision was made to change the no driver's license violation fine from $50 plus $22.50 court costs to a range of $50 to $500 plus court costs.
On the recommendation of Police Chief Joseph Powell, two reserve police officers were hired for 20 hours each pay period at $8.50 per hour. They are Scott Tidyman and Mark Middleton.
The council voted to purchase a cage for one of the city's police vehicles.
The next meeting of the council will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27.