The Verona board of aldermen on Tuesday voted to accept the resignation of board member Brittany Thomas. Thomas's letter of resignation was accepted, leading the board to remove her from the city's bank accounts and CDs access.

With the seat open, Mayor Joseph Heck moved to appoint former board member Eddie Carey. However, aldermen Linda Gates and DeDe Hutson suggested Carey would be a poor choice, given his history of showing up late or not at all to meetings.

Gates then attempted to appoint former mayor Willis Hutson, but it was pointed out that only the mayor has the power to appoint a new member, who then must be approved by a majority of the remaining board members.

Ultimately, the board settled on the decision to leave the seat vacated for the time being. It also voted to elect Gates as the mayor pro tem in Thomas's absence.

In other new business, the board discussed the possibility of allowing the fire department to fill pools in the city using the fire trucks. Heck said he thought it would be a good opportunity for the fire department to train and promote pool safety. The board decided ultimately to check with the Empire District Electric Company and move forward if no objections are made.

The board also decided, at the recommendation of police chief Tim Jones, to allow citizens to shoot fireworks from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on July 1-3 and from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. (midnight) on July 4.

Also in new business, the council:

passed a motion allowing the fire department to perform controlled burns for citizens. tabled decisions on cleaning sewer lines and rebounding the ordinance book until costs are figured. approved the purchase of an asphalt compactor for $400 as long as it is in good working condition. decided to send out a letter to citizens reminding them of ordinances surrounding burning and mowing and informing them of the location of the public burn site. set December 16 as a date for a city Christmas parade. accepted the nomination of Michael Rice to the position of assistant fire chief. tabled the approval of the purchase of batteries for fire department pagers and radios.

After departmental reports, the council voted to enter into closed session to discuss hiring/firing/disciplining/promoting employees and personnel records.

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., July 25, at city hall.