Verona aldermen were presented information from Adam Crouch of the Aurora Rural Fire Department on forming a tax-based district that would encompass the city's boundaries. The presentation was given during the regular May meeting of the Verona City Council.
Crouch told aldermen the petition drive for the tax-based district would have approximately 150-200 signatures filed by Sept. 1, and would possibly be placed on the April 2013 ballot.
Crouch said the Aurora Rural Fire Association Board would absorb the election costs if aldermen agreed to have the city included in the proposed boundary.
Aldermen have until July 1 to decide whether or not they wish to join the tax-based fire protection district. If placed on the April 2012 ballot and voters approve the measure, the Verona Fire Department would be dissolved.
In other business, City Clerk Julie Ruscha told aldermen all of the individuals listed on a deed to the property located at 256 N. Third St. in Verona were deceased. Records at the Lawrence County Courthouse reveal no one has tried to claim the property and the taxes have not been paid for 2011.
The property is in disrepair, so aldermen directed maintenance employee Rick Wright, to clear it and have a tax lien placed against it.
Aldermen approved the purchase of four external mount Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) units and mounting brackets from the Aurora Fire Department for a total of $492.
Verona Police Chief Mike Moore submitted a written report citing 21 calls for service, 12 warnings issued, 24 citations issued and two arrests made.
Fire Chief Tony Hinkle and Firefighter Adam Thomas have completed a 36-hour first responder course held at the Mt. Vernon Fire Station.
In other business, aldermen:
* Increased Wright's hours from 32 to 40 per week due to an increase in the number of projects he is currently managing.
|*||Approved an ordinance amending the city's floodplain regulations.|
* Approved expenditures in the amount of $11,672.64.