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Verona opposes inclusion in fire protection district

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The citizens of Verona have voiced their objection to being included in a tax-based fire protection district being sought by the Aurora Rural Fire Department.

The public hearing, held July 10, asked those in attendance whether they wished to be included in the boundaries of the proposed tax-based district. Eleven Verona residents called in to city hall prior to the meeting to give their "no" opinions and two residents in attendance at the meeting concurred.

Mayor Willis Hutson told Aaron Seigrist, of the Aurora Rural Fire District, citizens who had responded to a mass mailing on the matter had indicated they were against the proposal.

Even if the residents of Verona are against the measure, if the majority of rural residents approve the proposal at the ballot box, the city of Verona would be included in the district.

In the regular meeting of the Verona Board of Aldermen on June 26, council members approved increasing Police Chief Mike Moore's salary to $28,000 annually.

Council members also approved moving Officer Jeffrey Cooper from part-time to full time status, and increasing his pay to $10 per hour.

Officer Cody Hughes, hired in February, submit-ted his resignation to the board, which was accepted.

Verona Fire Chief Tony Hinkle reported locat-ing free electrical supplies to wiring an unfinished room at City Hall. The sup-plies will be extracted from an existing building and recycled for the project.

Aldermen also ap-proved several tax liens during the meeting. Tax liens in the amount of $505.40 was placed on the property at 256 N. Third St.; $167 at 584 Browning St.; $148 at 200 Old Aurora Road; and $328 at 605 N. Third St.

Council members ap-proved a variance request from Lyle and Charlotte Youngberg for the property at 346 W. Washington. The mobile home they plan to place on the property is 160-square feet short of the ordinance requirement. The couple plans to remove an existing foundation from the property.

The council approved hosting the city-wide ga-rage sale in conjunction with the 100-mile yard sale on August 25. The sale begins at Ash Grove then travels Highway 160 to Everton and Greenfield, south on Highway 39 to Miller and Mount Vernon. From there, shoppers can travel along Highway H on the outer road to Highway 97 to Pierce City, Monett and Aurora. From Aurora, shoppers will travel on Highway 265 to Marion-ville, Crane, Galena and Reeds Spring to Highway 13 and end in Branson West.

In other business, al-dermen:

* Named Alderman Gary Welters and mayor pro tem.

* Approved paying Hinkle $10 per hour for 10 hours to wire lights from the Crown Victoria police cruiser to install on the new Dodge Charger.

* Approved closing City Hall to the public at noon on Thursdays to allow City Clerk Julie Ruscha to get caught up on work.

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