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Verona industries seek upgrade to city treatment plant

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Two Verona industries are interested in sending more wastewater to the city's treatment plant and expressed an interest in helping finance an upgrade to the plant to accommodate the increased flow.

At their July meeting, Verona aldermen were told that both BCP and Kemin Industries, formerly ADF, were interested in eliminating Kemin's land disposal system and making a joint effort in financing the expansion of the city's wastewater disposal system.

John Anderson, a Kemin Industries representative, was present at the meeting to discuss the proposal and the need for a request for the professional services of an engineer to work on the project.

Aldermen approved the request.

After making an application to Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad to designate a private crossing onto the sewer treatment plant property. The rail company is now asking the city for a $5,000 contract agreement fee, as well as additional charges for future maintenance of the crossing.

A letter has been sent requesting the private designation be changed to a public crossing because it affects all city residents and businesses, as well as their employees.

The rail company indicated that it would help build a road into the plant if an alternate route could be designated.

Aldermen requested the city attorney, Bill Petrus, deliver his opinion on the matter.

Aldermen approved naming Jason Krantz and Rick Wright as volunteer firefighters.

In other fire department reports, Chief Tony Hinkle is getting bids on making clutch repairs to engine #1. Routine maintenance was conducted on the other trucks throughout the month.

Assistant Chief Dustin Miller and firefighter Cameron Hall have completed basic firefighter training.

In his report to council Ron Greenwood, of Clean Stream, advised aldermen that a gear reducer on top of the clarifier at the treatment plants has begun to leak oil. He will check the cost of making repairs or replacing the unit.

Greenwood also told aldermen the sludge tank is getting full and will need to be emptied this summer, but that all other operations were normal.

City Clerk Julie Ruscha reminded aldermen and others present that the city wide garage sale would take place on Aug. 27 in conjunction with the 100-Mile Yard Sale. The sale begins at Ash Grove and includes the towns of Everton, Greenfield, Miller, Mount Vernon, Pierce City, Monett, Aurora, Marionville, Crane, Galena, Reeds Spring, and Branson West.

Ruscha said there would be no court scheduled for August.

In other business, aldermen:

* Discussed how to enforce city ordinances concerning grass and weeds. The city has an ordinance in place to have derelict properties mowed and the fees assessed to the property owner.

* Chose four applicants to interview for the vacant patrol position.



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