VERNON — Vernon City Council convened in two separate sessions Monday to address a variety of local issues.
A special session was held first, with city council members unanimously voting to adopt a resolution that will require septic waste haulers to unload contents at the wastewater treatment plant in compliance with SB 550, which was passed in 2010 but not implemented until July 2016 to place a ban on the land spreading of septic tank waste. The law requires septic companies to travel to Department of Environmental Protection-regulated facilities instead.
Vernon's Dawkins Street plant is the nearest such site, followed by Port St. Joe.
The City of Vernon agreed to charge haulers - who have until the end of June to comply with the regulation - $50 per each 1,000 gallons of waste.
A workshop was held following the special session, with council members discussing the price of having a fence installed around Vernon City Cemetery. The council is expected to vote to move forward on the issue later this month.
Council members were also advise the City of Vernon's recreation league football and cheerleading registration is currently underway. Registration fees are $60 for football and $40 for cheerleading. Training began this week and will continue as teams fill up on a first come, first serve basis. Those interested in coaching and volunteering are asked to contact city hall at 850-535-2444. Games begin in August.
The city’s annual Firecracker Day is scheduled for July 4. The parade will roll at 4 p.m., with the lineup starting at 3 p.m. Festivities will continue at Vernon Sportsplex with vendors, food and children’s activities. Headlining entertainer Christon Birge will play at 7 p.m. and the fireworks display will go off at 9 p.m.
The next regular council meeting will be Monday, June 19 at 7 p.m.