Verona now has a new police officer after the city council voted to hire Cody Hughes at a special meeting held on Feb. 16. Hughes will work for $8.50 per hour.
In their regular meeting, held Feb. 28, aldermen approved the purchase of a 1996 Ford XLT from Mooneyham Auto Sales in Verona at a cost of $2,450. The truck needs some transmission work, but Mayor Lloyd Airrington said those services were included in the purchase price.
Aldermen have forwarded correspondence concerning damage to the side of the building that abutted the old Verona City Hall building to the city's insurance carrier, Trogden Insurance Agency.
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.
Don Jenkins, owner of the adjacent building, that abutted the old City Hall, 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.
All correspondence between Jenkins, his attorney, Joseph Woodcock, and the city will now be handled by the insuring agency.
Stacy Tomlin, the attorney representing Lyle and Charlotte Youngberg, requested the council give the couple more time to research the costs of returning a lot, located at 346 W. Washington, to the original contour of the land. The lot is currently listed as a public nuisance.
Aldermen granted a variance on a manufactured home at 287 Oak St. Owner Josh Mace will have to add a porch measuring at least 160 square feet.
Several people were appointed to the city's planning and zoning committee. They include: Alderman Gary Welters, Colby Mattox, Judy Pennington, Sheila Massengill, Jack Ward, Jonell Green, Joyce Faulk, Sue Downs-Pikari, Sue Taylor and Airrington.
A Verona community marketing committee was also formed to promote a farmer's market in the city. Those members include: Sue Taylor, Janice Alberding and Barbara Allen. Two additional members will be appointed to the committee at a later date.
Council members voted to give a $1-per-hour raise to Cheri St. Clair for cleaning City Hall.
Norton Power Systems was given the bid to repair the sewer plant generator utility sensing board at a cost of $690. The company submitted a proposal for an annual maintenance program at a cost of $645 per year. Representatives from the company also presented a list of other repairs they believe necessary that totalled $714. Both proposals were given to Bert Bond, of Clean Stream, for review. He will offer his recommendation at the regular March meeting.
The city also reviewed the annual audit, performed by The CPA Group of Monett. Dawnata Hopkins, CPA, provided the city an unqualified opinion, the best they could receive.
Aldermen will review the audit in the coming weeks and approve the document at the regular March meeting.
In final business, aldermen approved the purchase of a pressure washer at a cost of $324, a tool box at a cost of $220 and a set of open ended/box end combination wrenches for the maintenance department.