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Verona talks with railroad

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Negotiations continue on the proposed Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad private crossing agreement between the railroad and the City of Verona's wastewater treatment facility.

Aldermen heard from City Attorney Bill Petrus at their September meeting about his concerns in naming the railroad as an additional insured party on the city's insurance. Petrus said he was planning to discuss waiving the insurance requirement and clarifying maintenance obligations.

Petrus said he hopes to have a final agreement by the council's Sept. 27 meeting.

In other business, aldermen discussed implementing an ordinance that reflects the state statute concerning public nuisances within one-half mile of the city limits.

The matter was brought to aldermen by a citizen who had concerns about an agricultural operation that abutted his property and high weeds that could have been a fire hazard during the summer's extremely hot and dry weather.

Petrus researched the matter, and since the property abutting the citizen's residence is classified as an agricultural operation, there is no zoning requirement that it has to be mowed or maintained.

Aldermen reached a consensus and plan to implement the state statute in an effort to prohibit land usage that would cause seepage, foul odors or other detrimental effects to the city and its residents.

Petrus will provide that ordinance at the Sept. 27 meeting.

Aldermen had previously requested qualifications for professional engineering services and received seven replies.

Aldermen chose three companies to interview for the proposed wastewater treatment plant project. BCP and Kemin Industries, formerly ADF, expressed interest in eliminating Kemin's land disposal system and making a joint effort in financing the expansion of the city's wastewater disposal system.

The three qualified firms will be interviewed on Oct. 5. They are: Allgeier, Martin and Associates, of Joplin; Shaffer and Hines, of Nixa; and Sprenkle and Associates, of Monett.



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