Ordinances pertaining to open records and calling for a municipal election were adopted at the November meeting of the Verona City Council.
Each city department is now responsible for its own records, according to the amended city ordinance. In addition, charges were set for making copies published by the Sunshine Law.
As a formality, April 6 was set by ordinance as the date for the annual city election to elect two at-large aldermen for two-year terms.
Terms are expiring for incumbent Alderman Lloyd Airrington and the term of Robert Baker, who is filling a vacancy left by the resignation of Julie Wolf.
In other matters, City Clerk Julie Ruscha, who has completed two years as clerk, received a $1-per-hour merit raise as a result of a vote taken in closed session.
The council decided to have a representative from Ace Pipe Cleaning of Kansas City appear at the December council meeting to discuss the possibility of cleaning and videoing the sewer lines.
Mayor Roy Snyder said The CPA Group of Monett has asked if Verona would be interested in signing a three-year contract for auditing services. He said there would be a 4 percent increase per year during the contract, which is cheaper than a year-to-year contract. Another benefit would be the audit could be worked on all year. No decision was made.
Ron Greenwood, sewer department operator, said the sewer plant produced no sludge in the holding tank the previous month and no violations occurred.
Police Chief Joseph Powell reported 10 traffic stops in the past month with 34 citations and 55 warmings. He said police have four investigations pending and made three warrant arrests. He requested the council provide funds for light bars for the black police cars and painting/striping one car because of comments made by citizens about not being able to see the cars.
In public hearings, Peggy Paynter voiced concern over dogs running loose in the city. Mayor Snyder said two of the dogs have been contained. Paynter also expressed the need to have additional street signs on the west side of Third Street.
Barbara Samuels said Verona is small and should not be governed by the same rules as larger cities. She stated she is not in favor of the garage/yard sale ordinance limiting two sales a year. Samuels asked why a person needed a building permit to put up a new roof. Mayor Snyder told her it was to make sure homeowners were having the work done correctly. Lastly, she said she doesn't agree with the requirement put in many years ago allowing only double-wide trailers in the city.
Mark Koehler asked if the police have quotas, and Mayor Snyder replied there are no quotas.
Weaver Forest said he would like the mayor and council talk to city citizens who have complaints about the police. The mayor said anyone is welcome to file a complaint.
Snyder mentioned the police department had recently stopped a major drug suspect who was going 93 miles per hour on wet roads.
The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 15.