The Verona board of aldermen held its most recent monthly meeting on October 23, passing all items on the agenda that required a vote.

With the initial approval of past minutes and bills finished and no old business on the agenda, the board moved to new business. First on the list was the question of replacing the city's phone system. City clerk Laura Hazelwood informed the council that the current phone system no longer received voicemails after being damaged and that the manufacturer of the current system had gone out of business. Hazelwood provided three quotes for new systems and suggested MDC Tech in Monett, as the city has worked with the company before. The motion to have a new system installed by MDC passed unanimously, and the city is expected to save as much as $70 per month on the phone bill.

The board then passed a motion to create a court account with the Show Me Courts automation system, as required by the Office of State Court Administrators. Signers on the account will be Hazelwood, Mayor Joseph Heck and Mayor pro-tem LaDonna Buzard.

Board members also voted, after two readings, to approve an ordinance adding a court automation fee of $7 to the court costs of convicted defendants in the city's municipal court. The fee is required for a state fund which operates the court automation project and its continually evolving software.

Moving along the agenda, the board voted to allow Hutchens Construction to pave the parking lot in front of city hall for $1,000, with the stipulation that the state department of transportation has no objections.

The council also voted to spend no more than $2,500 with Steve's Electric for wiring a new electric generator -- provided by the Aurora Rural Fire Protection District -- tot he city hall building. This will allow city hall, the fire department and maintenance department to keep operating during power outages.

After that final vote of the night, the board heard updates on the picnic committee and the yearly audit report before adjourning. The next regular meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., November 27, at city hall.