The Verona board of aldermen discussed a number of items related to the city's annexation into the Aurora Rural Fire District at its most recent meeting on April 24. Following the April 3 vote to become a part of the district, the city's own fire department will merge with Aurora Rural, resulting in multiple changes for the city.
Among those changes will be an anticipated $20,000 added to the budget, which the aldermen voted to formally revisit on May 8 now that the merger is official. Board members will review and make amendments to the budget at this time, presumably including discussions on projects that could be completed with those additional funds.
The board also voted to transfer equipment to Aurora Rural -- minus two laptops and two radios -- and to approve a lease agreement with the district. After suggestions by city attorney Darlene Parrigon were agreed to, the lease agreement will go to the rural fire district for approval.
Finally, the board discussed seeking bids for a 1971 fire truck currently stored at the wastewater treatment plant. Alderman DeDe Hutson opposed, stating the city should keep it for parades, but Mayor Joseph Heck pointed out the lack of indoor space to store the vehicle. Ultimately, the vote was 3-1 in favor of putting it up for bid.
Aside from fire department matters, the board approved a number of items of new business, including setting dates for the spring and autumn citywide garage sales. Dates will fall on June 8-9 and September 7-8, respectively.
Aldermen also voted in favor of some training for city officials in the coming months. Aldermen LaDonna Buzard and Sheila Massengill will attend MML training in Columbia in June, and police chief Levi Neely will stay two nights in Jefferson City for police records training.
The board voted later to accept a bid of $182 from JR Locks to replace the locks on court file cabinets and a bid of $3,180 from Radiophone to replace the receiver board on the current tornado siren.
A 3-0 vote as recorded on an ordinance authorizing the mayor to hire Cassville attorney Blake Fields as a special prosecutor and attorney to handle the city's business in cases involving Alderman Michael Haynes. Fields will work for the same rate as Parrigon at $150 per hour.
A few other matters were left to be tabled until the next regular meeting, which is scheduled for 7 p.m., May 22, at city hall.