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Verona aldermen discuss repairs

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Verona aldermen heard that the sewer plant generator had been repaired and the unit had been serviced for the spring at the council's March meeting.

Burt Bond, with Clean Stream, said if there was any part of the generator upkeep that Rick Wright, maintenance worker, couldn't do, Bond would assist.

Two applications were made for the position of police officer reserve, and one application for police chief.

Mike Moore, the only applicant for the chief's position, was at the meeting to introduce himself to aldermen and was asked to remain after the meeting for a formal interview.

A new business has applied for a business license in Verona. Mayne Styles, a hair salon, will be located at 213 N. Third St. when renovations to the building have been completed.

Aldermen unanimously approved appointing Dustin Thomas as the city's emergency management director.

Fire Chief Tony Hinkle requested dress shirts for firemen to wear for special occasions. Aldermen directed Hinkle to obtain an estimate on the cost of the uniform shirts and report back at the April meeting.

Hinkle also presented the council a copy of the storm siren policy for review. A final version will be presented for adoption at the regular April meeting of the council.

City attorney Bill Petrus told aldermen the new ordinance limiting the number of dogs allowed per household could now be enforced. Officers will issue citations to any household in the city that has more than three dogs.

John Cowen, building code enforcement officer, advised aldermen that he had been unable to contact the property owners for a trailer located on Oak Street. The property is in a flood plain, and Cowen wants to ensure that property owners are educated about the procedures that must be followed before they can set a manufactured home on the lot. Aldermen instructed Cowen to keep trying to make contact with the owners of the home.

Officer Tidyman, with the Verona Police Department, reported 20 calls for the month of February and 10 citations issued.

The radar unit from the Durango patrol vehicle was sent for repairs at a cost of $190.

The Verona Planning and Zoning Commission presented aldermen with a roster of new members. Jack Ward, a member of the commission, requested the city start looking for and taking action against zoning violations.

In other business, aldermen:

* Approved the purchase of a repeater from R&D Communications in the amount of $1,662.

* Approved getting estimates to complete the unfinished room at city hall.

* Purchased 20 tons of gravel at a cost of $8.50 per ton and 20 tons of dirt base at a cost of $5 per ton.

* Discussed obtaining estimates to get the flag pole at the city park operational.

* Approved the 2010-11 audit from The CPA Group on Monett.

* Tabled a re-zoning request at 219 N. Third St. because of a unpaid application fee.

* Approved issuing citations for a public nuisance at 346 W. Washington St. that has not been abated.

In a separate meeting held on April 2, aldermen:

* Voted to hire Michael Moore as police chief at a salary of $23,000 per year. Aldermen Gary Welters, Willis Hutson and Barbara Allen voted in favor of the move, with Alderman George Strawn casting the only opposing vote.

* Voted to move Officer Scott Tidyman from full time to part-time status at 20 hours per week. Aldermen Gary Welters, Willis Hutson and Barbara Allen voted in favor of the move. Alderman George Strawn cast the only opposing vote.

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