The Verona board of aldermen met for its regular monthly meeting on August 28 to discuss and vote on a variety of topics. Despite the absence of alderman DeDe Hutson, the board was able to pass nearly all of the items on the agenda for the evening. The top Five Things to Know from the meeting are as follows:
1. Old business, new agreements -- The board passed a pair of items in old business regarding maintenance to the city. First, a proposal by J&R All Services was accepted for work on a ditch on Ella Street. The city agreed to pay $850 for removal of riprap rock and straightening of the ditch, which is needed before paving can be performed on the street.
The council also agreed to have J&R help with another project. In a group effort, Bill Leitle offered to purchase a whistle (culvert) for Washington Street if the city would have it placed and covered with base rock, while J&R would perform the digging, placement and covering for $525. The motion to allow the work to be done passed with a 3-0 vote.
2. New board of adjustments -- The aldermen also unanimously voted to approve the new board of adjustments and its temporary members. The team of Peggy Paynter, Joyce Faulk, Pam Dorton, Lisa Army and Denise White will make up the board until its September meeting, at which point it will determine if other citizens would be willing to join. All current members, with the exception of Paynter, also currently serve on the planning and zoning committee.
3. City-wide cleanup -- The board voted to set a date for the city-wide cleanup, to be held with the help of Doty Trash Service. Doty will provide dumpsters to be used on October 6-7, for the cost of $275 for delivery and $49.50 per ton for disposal. A limit of $2,000 was set, and the cleanup will take place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the days listed.
4. Resignations -- The council will have a couple of roles to fill following a pair of recent resignations. City attorney Darlene Parrigon resigned via fax the day of the meeting and was not present at said meeting. The board voted unanimously to accept her resignation.
Tendering his resignation at the meeting was police chief Levi Neely. Neely cited better hours and pay in taking a position with the city of Miller and left service at Verona on September 1.
In the wake of this resignation, the board later in the meeting voted to hire a new part-time police officer to split 40 hours per week with Officer Daniel McCabe
5. Rezoning requests -- In a continued discussion from past meetings, the board heard a recommendation from the planning and zoning committee to reduce the cost of making a rezoning request from $500 to $100, with the stipulation that the requester be expected to make up the difference should the actual expense of the request exceed that amount. The city clerk would be required to record all expenses involved, and the citizen would have 30 days to pay the difference.
Ultimately, the board decided it would decrease the cost, but to $150 rather than the suggested $100.
The board adjourned after a two-hour meeting and will have its next regular meeting at 7 p.m. on September 25. A special open meeting is also scheduled for September 13.