Verona Police Chief Joe Powell received a vote of confidence from representatives of Verona Senior Housing at the regular meeting of the Verona City Council Aug. 24.
Rosa Croft spoke on behalf of the residents at Verona Senior Housing, stating that "Joe has been the best policeman that we have had so far."
Croft went on to complain of local thefts and speeding motorists on Main Street.
"We understand that you want to get rid of him," she continued. "We want to say that the housing residents approve of Joe."
Aldermen discussed the results of the Ace Pipe Cleaning project, noting that there are several lines and whistles that needed repaired or cleaned out.
According to City Clerk Julie Ruscha, small repairs to the sewer lines will run approximately $1,400, while repairs and cleaning for the entire project is estimated to run $19,600.
Aldermen opted to wait until more information can be obtained about funding the repairs. Guest speakers from the USDA and Southwest Council of Governments will be scheduled to discuss funding options.
Aldermen approved a request for an individual to install a septic system subject to county regulations and inspections. The request came from a resident whose property line is approximately 149 feet from the city main, exceeding the statutory mandate that anyone within the 100-foot line be connected to the city sewer system.
Mayor Lloyd Airrington then opened discussion on appointment of a representative to the Southwest Missouri Solid Waste District. The suggestion was made to visit with school officials to seek an interested person to represent the city on that board, which would dovetail into the school's existing recycling efforts.
A request from Officer Scott Tidyman for a pay raise was denied.
Approval for a city-wide quarterly newsletter was discussed with opposition from city residents.
"The budget is too tight. You can't afford it," said Peggy Painter. "If you can't afford to give our policeman a raise, we don't need a quarterly newsletter."
In other business, aldermen heard:
* A report from Fire Chief Glenn Callison concerning the total number of runs made for the month. Aldermen also questioned Callison on a $950 bill submitted from Barton's Service Center for repairs to the city's fire engine.
* A report from the Chief of Police Joe Powell on the number of calls answered by his department in a six-month period. Powell noted a slight change in scheduling to cover time slots that had previously not had coverage.
* A request from Alderman Matt Pruente to order asphalt so that city crews can begin patching potholes.
* A reminder from Ruscha that the Highway 60 bridge through Verona will be closed approximately one month for repairs beginning in October.
* A report from Animal Control representative Mike Kissinger regarding calls where people have requested animal pick up but have taken the animal in and fed it and played with it while awaiting his response to the scene. "In my opinion, they've made it a home," he said.
Aldermen then moved into closed session to discuss hiring, firing or disciplinary action of personnel.