Aldermen were sworn in at the April 26 meeting of the Verona City Council with City Clerk Julie Ruscha administering the oath of office to Mayor Lloyd Airrington and aldermen Willis Hutson and Barbara Allen.
Appointments for the new administration were announced. George Strawn was named mayor pro tem. Randee Stemmons was appointed as municipal court judge and Bill Petrus as city prosecutor. Tony Hinkle was named fire chief with Dustin Miller named assistant fire chief.
Ruscha was appointed as the city's representative to the Southwest Council of Governments. Allen was named as representative to the Southwest Missouri Solid Waste Management District Council with Dedee Hutson named as an alternate.
Verona will hold a city-wide garage sale on Aug. 27, in conjunction with the annual 100-mile yard sale. Shopping will begin at Ash Grove, then travel down Highway 160 to Everton and Greenfield, and south on Highway 39 to Miller and Mt. Vernon. From there, motorists will travel along Highway H on the outer road to Highway 97 and to Pierce City, Monett and Aurora. From Aurora, motorists will travel on Highway 265 to Marionville, Crane, Galena and Reeds Spring to Highway 13, ending in Branson West.
Hinkle reported that Monett Rural Fire Department had offered a 1964 pumper truck to the city, which aldermen accepted. Hinkle also advised returning a large tanker truck to the Missouri Department of Conservation, which aldermen approved.
Aldermen then instructed Hinkle to focus his attention on training personnel, recruiting volunteers and having equipment ready to fight fires.
Aldermen approved appointing Officer Scott Tidyman as captain of the Purdy Police Department, which includes a $1 an hour raise. Tidyman is now earning $10 per hour with the promotion.
Verona hired Michael Jackson as a patrol officer for the city. He began his duties on May 2.
Tidyman reported to council members that the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department had advised him the Verona Police Department will have to become narrow band compliant on their police radios. The Federal Communications Commission's mandate for the narrow band frequency change takes effect in June.
The City of Verona will soon begin being reimbursed on fuel tax purchased at Verona One Stop. Future fuel purchase tickets will have the number of gallons purchased for tracking the amount of taxes for which the city will be reimbursed.
The next regular meeting of the Verona City Council will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24 at City Hall.