Representatives from Kemin Industries, in Verona, attended the November meeting of the Verona City Council to address citizen concerns about odor emitting from the plant.
Kenneth Grant, Robbie Grant and John Anderson said plant officials are evaluating new chemicals in use at the facility that are apparently not working. Anderson said the European air-quality and pollution standards used at the facilities located overseas are more restrictive and local officials are looking into the processes used at those facilities to address the matter.
Anderson said the company is also making capital improvement plans, which should remedy the problem.
Aldermen also approved an ordinance calling for a general election to be held April 3, 2013.
The city is in the unusual position of having the mayor's and all aldermen seats vacating at the same time. Due to resignations, and appointments, all current council seats are only valid until the upcoming election.
Terms of office include the mayor's and two alderman slots for two-years and two alderman seats for one year.
Filing for those positions will open on Dec. 11 and continue through Jan. 22, 2013, during normal business hours at Verona City Hall.
In other business, aldermen have sent letters to area trash service providers to ascertain costs of a city-wide trash service.
Captain Jeff Cooper, Verona Police Department, requested aldermen approve a reimbursable grant application that would pay for seven days of overtime so officers can conduct a driving while impaired checkpoints during the holidays. The city would initially pay the overtime and submit paperwork for reimbursement. Aldermen approved the request.
Dawnata Hopkins, from the CPA Group in Monett, presented the city an unqualified audit, which is a good report.
Hopkins reminded aldermen this was the last year of contracted services between the CPS Group and the city. Mayor Willis Hutson said the city would put the service request out for bid.
Aldermen hired Michael Schreiner as a full-time officer at a rate of $10 per hour, pending a clean background check.
Aldermen approved a raise of 50 cents per hour for Julie Ruscha, city clerk.