Aldermen at the City of Verona have had a busy month with the resignation of Fire Chief Glenn Callison and a review of surveillance systems for the city offices.
Aldermen unanimously approved the resignation of Callison at their Sept. 28 meeting. Mayor Lloyd Airrington had previously held a meeting with members of the Verona Fire Department, and at that time, no one stepped forward to volunteer as chief.
Aldermen will advertise for a new chief to run the department. In the meantime, the city is in discussions with the Aurora Rural Fire Department to provide services for the city.
City Attorney Don Trotter will take on the duties of Lawrence County prosecuting attorney beginning Jan. 1, 2011, and the city is seeking proposals for legal representation. Council will also advertise to fill that vacancy.
Mike Kissinger reported that residents have filled the recycling trailer with trash and glass, so Airrington said the trailer would be locked up at the lift station at the end of Ella Street Airrington advised Peggy Painter that she and others could open up the unit once a month if they wished, but that the trailer had to be cleaned out, items sorted and hauled to Monett before it could be used again.
In old business, council members reviewed surveillance camera bids from MDC Technology Group, of Monett, and Standguard Security and Telecommunications, of Springfield. At their Oct. 6 meeting, aldermen approved the purchase of a system, which includes four cameras at a cost of $2,923.97.
In other business, aldermen:
* Agreed to instruct Ace Pipe Cleaning to proceed with a proposal for smoke testing the city's wastewater lines for leaks.
* Planned to meet with Tri-State Engineering to review preliminary engineering reports for a proposed $1 million project to upgrade and repair the city's wastewater infrastructure.
* Agreed to pursue a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for wastewater system upgrades.
* Approved purchase of four new tires for the police department's Durango.