Verona aldermen enacted an ordinance limiting the number of pets city residents may keep during the council's January meeting.
The ordinance limits the number of dogs and cats to three each. Voting in favor of the ordinance were Aldermen George Strawn, Gary Welters and Barbara Allen. Alderman Willis Hutson was absent.
Aldermen granted a variance to Sue Taylor, who currently has four dogs, one of which is 14 years old. Taylor also explained that living on Business Highway 60, people dump cats on her property and there will usually be more than three cats at the home at any given time.
The new ordinance does not apply to unweaned puppies or kittens under the age of nine weeks.
In other reports, aldermen heard an update on the Verona Community Marketing Time program. Alderman Allen and Taylor and Janet Alberding have been appointed to a committee to oversee the project and are seeking volunteers to fill two additional committee slots.
In other business, the council heard that Don Jenkins has hired attorney Joseph Woodcock to negotiate with city officials for damage that Jenkins claimed occurred to his building when the old city hall facility, which abutted his business, was demolished and relocated. Jenkins is amenable to the application of a spray sealant, metal siding or replacement brick. The matter has been turned over to the city's insurance carrier.
The property owner at 346 W. Washington St. in Verona has requested a time extension on a property code violation so the city's building inspector, John Cowen, can determine if concrete at the property is usable when building a new structure. Aldermen approved that request.
Josh Mace requested a variance of the city's ordinance requiring manufactured homes to be at least 1,140 square feet. Aldermen approved the request pending a favorable assessment from Cowen.
Fire Chief Tony Hinkle reported the fire hydrant at the school was not compatible with the fire department's equipment for hook up. Hinkle was instructed to discuss the matter with Verona School Superintendent Bill Sweet.
Hinkle also reported two firefighters, Chris Simpson and Rick Wright, had resigned from the department.
Action has been taken at a property located at 164 S. Second St. regarding demolition of a burned house. The owner has completed removal of the fire-damaged structure.
A second property, at 388 E. Washington, has been declared a dangerous building and the 30-day time frame for correcting the issue has passed. Police officer Scott Tidyman was instructed to follow up on the matter.
The recycling trailer in Verona is open from 9 a.m. until noon on the third Saturday of each month. Items that may be recycled include #1 and #2 plastics, tin cans and aluminum. All items must be rinsed and labels removed from cans. The recycling trailer is located at the west end of Stella Street near the Senior Citizen Apartments.