Members of the Verona City Council have stepped up enforcement of a number of ordinance violations taking place in the city. That decision came during the council's regular October meeting.
Hillhouse Services, of Verona, has been contracted through the Bank of Ash Grove, the mortgage holder on a property located at 166 Old Aurora Rd., to clean up the site. The bank will add the estimated $1,240 clean-up cost to the lien already against the property.
Hillhouse Services offered a $900 estimate to clean up a second property at 605 Third St. that is also in violation of city nuisance ordinances.
Aldermen approved contracting Hillhouse to clear the property of debris, vegetation and other detritus from the lot.
Aldermen determined a third property, located at 394 Old Aurora Rd., was the owner's responsibility to clear.
The question on whether the council could proceed with enforcement action at this particular property was unclear at the October meeting, since it has not been determined whether the property had been released from investigative procedures by federal authorities. Action on the matter was tabled until further information could be obtained by local officials as to the status of the property.
Last up under property code violations was a landowner whose property is located at 355 Old Aurora Rd. Aldermen cited concerns about fire hazards due to excess vegetation.
The property owner notified council that he was looking for an individual to hay the small acreage or find a horse to put on the lot to keep the vegetation eaten down to a manageable level.
Aldermen approved giving the property owner up to a month to get the site mowed or to put an animal on it so it complies with the city's agricultural use clause.
Aldermen approved entering into a contract with Sprenkle and Associates of Monett to provide engineering services for the city on an "as-needed" basis.
Bids on the 1884 Ford van, formerly used as an ambulance, and a Freightliner tanker truck were awarded to Spring River Salvage in the amount of $882.
In new business, aldermen approved repairs of up to $500 for the 1965 International fire truck. According to Fire Chief Tony Hinkle, the unit needs a new water pump, and parts for a vehicle that old are hard to find.
An application from Adam Thomas requesting to serve as a volunteer firefighter was approved by council.
In other business, aldermen:
* Approved sending letters to Verona residents stating that enforcement action will be taken on any dogs running at large.
* Approved placing a tax lien against a property at 605 N. Third St. for delinquent sewer bills.
* Discussed hosting a city-wide clean-up effort next spring.
* Approved expenses of $1,200 to build a storage cabinet and equipment cage to be shared by the city and the fire department.
* Set the next council meeting dates for Nov. 22 and Dec. 27 to accommodate the holidays.