Verona aldermen voted to hire John Cowen as the city's building inspector at their October meeting.
Cowen was one of four original applicants for the position and one of three applicants who was interviewed by aldermen. Cowen will serve in the position on an as-needed basis at a rate of $12 per hour.
Aldermen also purchased a 1990's-era 65 HP White tractor with a brush hog and loader from Welters Farm Supply at a cost of $14,500. The equipment will be used to clean and maintain the city's ditches.
Voting in favor of the move were George Strawn, Willis Hutson and Barbara Allen. Aldermen Gary Welters abstained from the vote.
Aldermen also revoked the business license of an individual operating an auto repair business on a rental property located at 394 Old Aurora Road. Charges of allegedly receiving stolen property are pending with the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department.
In a late September meeting, aldermen opted to table a project for the fire department until an estimate on the materials and labor could be obtained. The department had previously requested permission to build a cage and cabinet area in the fire house in order to store equipment securely.
Aldermen approved an ordinance amending the city code to reflect similar state ordinances concerning public nuisances. The new ordinance allows the city to require residents living within a half-mile of the city limits to conform to nuisance regulations that might negatively impact the city.
In other business, aldermen:
* Named Tommy Garner as a volunteer firefighter for the Verona Fire Department.
*Approved leaving the celebration of Halloween on Oct. 31.
* Voted to receive bids on the city's banking business.
* Voted not to raise the city's sewer rate for this year.
* Approved having the mayor search for a truck suitable for the animal control officer to use in the performance of his duties.
* Changed the recycling center's hours of operation to include the third and fourth Saturdays of the month between the hours of noon and 2 p.m.