Verona City Council members approved hiring a new officer at a special meeting held Oct. 3.
Joshua Thompson, a graduate of the Missouri Southern State University criminal justice program, has been hired full time at a rate of $10 per hour.
Thompson has previously worked as a jailer for the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office from 1997 through 1999 and with the Mt. Vernon Police Department from 1999 through 2012.
Thompson joins the department and will be serving under Captain Jeff Cooper.
Aldermen approved a bid from Chris Vaught Construction to repair a 20-foot section of sewer line at a cost of $3,894.
Hillhouse Services was awarded a bid in the amount of $5,504 for street and culvert repairs at Second and Adams Streets and Second and Dora Streets.
During the council's regular September meeting, aldermen opted to get an appraisal of the value of property where the old City Hall building was located with the possibility of listing it for sale.
Aldermen also approved obtaining bids for an exhaust fan for the fire department to vent fumes outside the garage.
Mayor Willis Hutson has looked into the matter of requiring occupancy permits before individuals and families can move into a residence. Hutson said he would obtain more information on the matter and present it at the October meeting of the board of aldermen.
The council reached consensus in trying to obtain the city's third storm water improvement grant.
Aldermen also approved obtaining a cell phone for Hutson to conduct city business.
In his report to aldermen, Cooper said he would like to contact the Verona School District art class to host a contest to design a city logo that could be used as a universal patch for police and fire department personnel. Aldermen approved the request.
Building Inspector John Cowen provided a sample ordinance to aldermen concerning inoperable vehicles. Aldermen and Cooper approved the document.