A Verona business owner is at loggerheads with the Verona City Council concerning the side of his building that abutted the old Verona City Hall building.
The ceiling of the former city hall collapsed and the building was subsequently declared unsafe, prompting then-Mayor Roy Snyder and aldermen to seek bids to have the building demolished, along with the old fire house, which was also declared a dangerous building.
According to City Clerk Julie Ruscha, the demolition bid was awarded to Sherman Sherwood, and it wasn't until several months after the old city hall was demolished that neighboring business owner, Don Jenkins, complained that the connecting wall that used to adjoin city hall was in need of repair.
Jenkins expressed concerns about cracks, condensation and mold possibly damaging his building and requested the city take action on the matter.
"He wanted metal siding on the building and the people that came to look at the job just walked away," Ruscha said. "They wouldn't touch it."
Mayor Lloyd Airrington then located a Branson company, Classy Coat, who made a bid of approximately $2,000 to come in and clean the side of the building and spray a sealant over the exposed brick. The product carries a 15-year warranty.
Ruscha said Jenkins reportedly recommended the city pay an acquaintance of his to put metal siding on the building at a cost of $4,000, but he would not provide a written bid or the individual's credentials for review.
Jenkins was invited to appear before council to discuss the matter but refused, stating he doesn't "do meetings" and that he would not pay for half of the work to be completed.
Jenkins also said he has retained a lawyer, and if his building sustained damage, he would sue the city.
Thus far, no further action has been taken on the matter by either the city or Jenkins.
In other business, aldermen approved an agreement with Burlington-Northern Santa Fe Railroad to designate the rail crossing that leads into the city's wastewater treatment plant as a private crossing. The crossing now becomes the city's responsibility to maintain.
The move will result in an increase of $300 annually to the city's insurance premium to cover the necessary changes in the agreement.
Aldermen also discussed enacting an ordinance to limit the number of cats and dogs that an individual is allowed to keep in their house or on their property.
City Attorney Bill Petrus provided sample resolutions that are in use by other municipalities. Aldermen decided to limit animal populations to no more than three cats and three dogs at any one residence or property.
Ruscha said the move is an effort to protect animals from those who might tend to hoard cats or dogs and not care for them properly. The ordinance does not affect puppies or kittens less than four months of age born to an existing household pet.
Petrus will have an ordinance available for the next council meeting on Jan. 24.
Officer Scott Tidyman reported 33 calls for the month and 11 citations issued.
Fire Chief Tony Hinkle reported 13 calls for November and seven calls for the first week of December. Total number of calls for the year was 92.
Building code enforcer John Cowen reported two completed building permits and two properties in the city that are in need of demolition or debris removal. Property owners of the two locations have been contacted and asked to remove debris or demolish the structure as needed.
Aldermen chose eight of 27 applications to review for the position of police chief. Interviews will be held this month.