Demolition of the old city hall and old fire station in Verona is a step closer to reality. Both projects were discussed at the October meeting of the Verona City Council.
Mayor Roy Snyder announced the Verona Community Development Corporation met and agreed to accept the proposal from Sherwood Services to demolish the old fire station and old city hall at a cost of $13,200.
Snyder said the corporation has about $10,000 to spend in the demolition and requested the city council contribute $4,000 in city funds to help pay for the project. The council voted unanimously to allocate $4,000 for the demolition project.
In other business, the council agreed to delete the reference to rates for sewer usage in the proposed industrial user permit for wastewater treatment for American Dehydrated Foods and approved the permit with ADF.
A proposal from Sullivan Publication to publish a new municipal code book for the city at an estimated cost of $8,500 was approved.
Weaver Forest and Mark Koehler once again addressed the council with several complaints about how Verona Police Chief Joseph Powell was doing his job.
Judy Pennington also spoke to the council. She said heavy rains had caused flooding around her house again and requested the city clean the drainage ditch in back of her property.
The mayor informed Pennington that applications for stimulus money were being reviewed. He said if the city doesn't get the funds then the city would pay some of its own money to fix the drainage problem.
A resolution was passed to approve Alderman Deborah Snyder as the city's representative on the Southwest Missouri Solid Waste Management District Council with Alderman Lloyd Airrington as the alternate.
At the request of Fire Chief Glenn Callison, the council voted to check into the purchase of a reconditioned defibulator for the fire department.
Police Chief Powell reported that in the past month there had been 41 citations issued, three medical calls, four call-outs in the night, one criminal mischief report, another report of a vehicle window broken at a ball game, a school incident in which the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department assisted and two alarm calls at the school.
Ron Greenwood, sewer plant operator, reported the new motor at the plant had been installed on the discharge pump and the pump is now working properly.
City Clerk Julie Ruscha said the 2008-09 audit of the city is nearing completion.
Ruscha mentioned she had been appointed chairman of the Lawrence County Complete County Committee for the 2010 census.
The next meeting of the council will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24.