The Verona board of aldermen met for its June meeting last Tuesday, covering a wide variety of topics in both old and new business.
The first order of old business was a discussion of the 1970 fire truck that had been placed for sealed bids back in May. The city received only one bid, anonymously made by Mayor Joseph Heck, which the aldermen voted to reject. The board also voted to pursue other avenues of selling the truck, such as online postings on Craigslist and Facebook.
Also in old business, a bid for work on ditches and culverts was accepted. The bid from JR All Services for work on Adams Street, Browning and Wilks and Ash Street came to $3,125. The city will move ahead with asking for bids for the placement of a culvert and work on Ella Street.
In the final item of old business, the council passed a more detailed railroad crossing ordinance than was previously on the books. Board members emphasized that complaints about the blocking of streets by trains for a certain amount of time may be turned in to the police department if an officer is not present to witness the violation.
Opening up new business, the board set the date for the Christmas parade to be 2 p.m. on December 15. It was noted that Janice Rohlman has volunteered to head up the parade committee.
In personnel matters, the resignation of building inspector John Cowen opened discussion on where to go with the building inspection process. Heck suggested doing away with inspections except on new construction and commercial buildings, but the board tabled the topic for an upcoming work session on July 10. The mayor also discussed drawing up an ordinance allowing the city to give full time employees an appreciation gift around Christmas. The city attorney volunteered to write an ordinance to that effect for the next meeting.
Other new business saw the council pass a motion to return the court schedule to once a month, agree to spend no more than $500 for the removal of a tree struck by lightning at the Lion's Club Park, and approve $675 for Police Chief Levi Neely to attend a law enforcement conference at the Lake of the Ozarks. Later in a closed session, the board voted to give Neely a $.50 per hour raise based on his 90-day evaluation.
Also pertaining to the police department were several votes on the purchase of various items, including:$160 per tire on the patrol car from Friendly Tire $305 for 40 ticket books between $150 and $250 for patrol car graphics from Mooneyham
Toward the end of the meeting, the board discussed in detail the direction of the planning and zoning committee. Members of the previous committee -- which has not met for some time -- either resigned or were relieved of duties. The council voted to pass a motion accepting Donald Payne, Sal Angel and Joyce Faulk to the new P&Z board, while Denise White, Lisa Army, Sue Pikari, Heck and alderman Michael Haynes will also participate.
The council closed out the new business of the open session with discussions on de-annex requests and possible changes to the swimming pool ordinance, but no action was taken regarding said discussions.
Following the July 10 work session, the board's next regular meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., July 24, at city hall.