Last month's meeting of the Verona board of aldermen featured several items of varying topics for the board's consideration, all of which were approved unanimously by the three members present. Alderman Sheila Massengill was absent from the meeting, which occurred on September 25.

In old business, the board went along with a recommendation from the planning and zoning committee, approving a motion to re-zone the sewer plant property from agricultural to light industrial. Also in old business, an additional $400 expense was approved for the ditch work along Ella Street. The cost included the purchase of a new culvert, as the original one was damaged when removed.

Two items of new business involved the city's police department. The aldermen voted to hire Jereimy Allen as the full time police chief, with starting pay at $13 per hour. Relatedly, the Mayor Joseph Heck informed the board that the Missouri Department of Public Safety had notified him that the city was expected to return items donated to it, including a pistol and night vision goggles. Heck said that because of the city's high turnover in the police department, the state would now expect Verona officers to provide their own weapons.

Heck told the council he believed the city should keep a weapon on-hand to provide officers in case of emergency and that a Glock 17 9mm was available at Pawnderosa Pawn Shop for $375. The board voted to complete the purchase, which included three magazines and magazine holders along with the pistol.

Also in new business, alderman LaDonna Buzard informed the council about the progress being made on planning a community picnic. Buzard said the tentative dates for the event are September 6 and 7 of next year. The 10 or so members of the citizens committee are now looking into financial requirements and sponsorships. The committee is also still considering forms of entertainment and food options.

Following departmental reports, the board wrapped up the meeting and adjourned until the October gathering. Look for details of this month's meeting in an upcoming edition of the Advertiser.