Street and sewer repairs were major points of discussion at the May meeting of the Verona City Council.
The condition of streets came from two directions. Aldermen allowed resident Sue Pikari to voice her concern about a smashed culvert at Second and Adams streets even though Pikari was not on the agenda. Piakri had stormwater soak the carpet in her home thanks to the collapsed culvert and further stoppage caused by an old tire. Debris that washed into Pikari's yard was documented with photographs.
The problem was not limited to Pikari's property. Clerk Julie Ruscha provided a report with photographs of complaints about storm water drainage from another resident on First Street.
Mayor Roy Snyder and Alderman Lloyd Airrington returned to the subject later in the meeting. No funds other than street repair money havebeen allocated for addressing culverts. The general consensus among council members was action needed to be taken and a general assessment made of the culverts around town.
The mayor and Fire Chief Glenn Callison subsequently took a fire truck out to work on plugged culverts. The fire truck on that occasion broke down, Ruscha reported and had to be sent in for repairs.
Additional street work was needed, according to Ray Greek with Ace Pipe Cleaning. Ace had been hired to video and clean all the public sewer lines in town, an estimated 34,500 linear feet, for approximately $51,750. Greek's crews had found several manholes covered by asphalt, which were dug out. Greek advised the city to hire someone to install risers to get the manholes even with the driving surface again.
Crews had finished videotaping nearly half the sewer lines by the council meeting and expected to complete the job by the next monthly meeting on June 22. In the first week, Greek said crews found some of the best looking sewer pipes they had seen. Later they found a collapse and two heavy sources of inflow by storm water. The company would recommend repair solutions.
Turning to finances, council members looked at the budget for the first two months of the new fiscal year and saw the city is running $11,116 in the red in the face of lagging sales tax income. The financial report for the second half of the previous fiscal year was approved for publication. The city ended the fiscal year with around $7,000 more spending than came in for the period.
Police Chief Joe Powell reported the open arrangement of the city office posed a security risk. Ruscha observed most court clerks in southwest Missouri have an area behind a safety partition for dealing with court customers. Council members agreed to have Snyder explore options.
Ruscha indicated the auditor from the CPA Group in Monett would be at city hall June 15, 16 and 17 for the annual review of the city's books. Ruscha reported installation of the new office computer had been completed and had significantly speeded up her work.
Council member Deborah Snyder reported local recycling efforts may get a boost with a new option for glass disposal. According to the Southwest Missouri Solid Waste Management District, a Kansas City firm is now taking colored glass. A collaborative effort may be made to combine discarded glass from several districts and have the Kansas City firm pick it up.