VERNON - City of Vernon is taking proactive measures to mitigate its sewer plant issues following a spill back in August.

Florida Department of Environmental Protections issued three penalties to Vernon Wastewater Treatment Plant due to a wastewater spill on Aug. 6 last year, failure to maintain plant facility and equipment, and failure to notify DEP of the incident and provide information concerning the discovery of a sinkhole.

The City was fined $5,750, a DEP penalty worksheet shows.

"The City is working closely with DEP and have taken action to correct the issue at the waste water treatment plant," said Vernon Mayor Tina Sloan. "We are also implementing a preventative maintenance plan to help ensure things continue to run smoothly."

Public Works has since corrected the problem and is taking preventative steps for continued operation of the plant, reports show.

In other business, at a city council meeting Tuesday, the council approved the purchase of a $9,400 fireworks package, accepted a tower base agreement with Professional Satellite, and changed City Hall's hours of operation. City Hall will be open nine hours a day, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., as office staff will rotate lunches.

Vernon City Council meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Monday of the month at City Hall, 2808 Yellow Jacket Drive.