The Verona City Council added a new member and voted to give Police Chief Joe Powell a three-year contract on a tie vote broken by Mayor Roy Snyder at its April meeting.
Aldermen certified the April 6 election results. Incumbent Lloyd Airrington and new alderman George Strawn received the oath of office from Clerk Julie Ruscha. Airrington was again named mayor pro tem.
Appointments to city offices followed. Aldermen had put off addressing Chief Powell's job in March to give new council members the opportunity to participate in the decision.
Powell was offered a three-year contract on a motion put forward by Airrington and council member Debbie Snyder. Strawn and Matt Pruente voted no, leaving a tie. Mayor Snyder cast a favorable vote to resolve the issue.
The mayor subsequently reappointed Randee Stemmons as municipal judge and attorney Don Trotter as prosecutor. Glen Callison was reappointed as fire chief. Alderman Snyder was tapped to continue her duties as representative to the Southwest Missouri Solid Waste District. Ruscha was named city representative to the Southwest Missouri Council of Governments.
April represented the beginning of the new city's fiscal year. Aldermen voted to amend the 2009-10 fiscal year budget to match actual expenditures. Bills for the month totaling $18,090.74 were paid.
Officer Scott Tidyman presented four Missouri Highway Safety Program grant applications that he had completed. The grants target youth alcoholism, hazardous moving violations, occupant protection and driving while intoxicated.
None of the grants required a match, Tidyman said. Funds would be used to pay additional hours for two part-time police officers and equipment. Council members voted 3-1 to submit the applications, with the no vote cast by Alderman Pruente.
Mayor Snyder reported that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was narrowing the bandwidth that the city could use to make more room for the 911 system. Consequently, the city will need to replace its VHF repeater in the coming year. Snyder provided a quote from R&D Communications putting replacement cost at $1,662.
Mayor Snyder extended congratulations to the Verona High School girls basketball team for winning the Class 1 district championship.
The city-wide garage sale was scheduled for June 4 and 5.
Powell reported police officers made 95 traffic stops between March 25 and April 26. Powell said his number one priority in the coming months would be enforcing ordinances, especially emphasizing grass and junk in yards. New computer software would provide statistical tracking for recorded violations, Powell added.
Three firefighters participated in a disaster drill held in Aurora. Runs during the month had included three medical emergencies. Callison said the city had received a $6,000 grant from the Missouri Department of Conservation to purchase wild land safety gear such as helmets and jackets, plus a 2,500-gallon portable tank. The grant requires a 50 percent match.
Callison also expressed interest in applying for a federal grant to buy a new fire engine. The major acquisition would also require a local match totaling 10 percent of the truck's cost.
Ron Greenwood, sewer operator, reported American Dehydrated Foods had signed an industrial user permit and was now hooked into the city's system.
The next council meeting was scheduled for May 18 at 7 p.m., a week earlier than usual. Ruscha requested the date to avoid a conflict with the Missouri Association for Court Administrators conference, which she will attend.