VERNON — Literacy program hours in Vernon and middle school dances were the topics at Monday’s Vernon City Council meeting.

VERNON — Literacy program hours in Vernon and middle school dances were the topics at Monday’s Vernon City Council meeting.

Lara Stucki, with the Literacy Volunteers of Washington County, reported that she had been holding regular hours at the city hall despite rumors to the contrary.

“I understand there have been some concerns over volunteer scheduled sessions,” Stucki said. “I am a volunteer, so I do get to set my own hours.” Stucki said she had only missed two sessions since July, one due to car trouble and the other due to bad weather. “That was the storm that caused the schools to close, and my appointment had called and said he was stuck at work due to the weather,” Stucki said.

Literacy Volunteers of Washington County are still active in Vernon, and Stucki said she currently has 10 clients she is serving. The literacy group also will be soon offering computer classes, thanks to the donation of two computers.

“If anyone has concerns, they can call me,” she said. “My number is plastered all over Vernon. My husband jokes that more men have my phone number than women know his name,” Stucki added with a laugh.

Sharon Hall approached the council seeking permission to hold monthly dances for middle school students in the old high school gymnasium to raise funds for a food drive, sponsored by the Washington County Health Department and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. The board approved an Oct. 13 dance, but requested firm dates for a November and December event before approving them.

“We want to have dances at both ends of the county, and we’re mainly looking at middle school students,’ Hall said.

“We have basketball and other events in there,” said Board Chairwoman Tina Sloan. “We have to have firm dates.” Councilman Byron Biddle made the motion to approve the October date, but also requested specific dates for the later events.

In other business, Shana Provatt with the Holmes Creek Assisted Living Facility requested a letter from the council for the county planning board approving the expansion of the facility from 28 to 40 residents. The Holmes Creek ALF recently bought an additional property for the expansion and needed the city’s approval before it could be taken to the county. The board agreed to have City Clerk Diann Hendrix prepare a letter stating the city’s approval for Provatt.

The council voted in the consent agenda to eliminate Fire Chief Matt Gothard’s annual salary, as part of the city’s budget process. Hendrix said the amount was not very much, and the fire chief is a volunteer. Gothard was not at the meeting.

The council struck from the consent agenda an item that would have done away with the public works director position, so the panel can discuss that action further at the next workshop.

Vernon council members are still in the process of finishing the 2013 budget, Hendrix said.

The board also voted to allow Halloween trick or treating only on Oct. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Vernon Christmas Parade will be held at 1 p.m. on Dec. 8, the board decided. The Wausau Christmas Parade will be at 9 a.m. on Dec. 8, and the timing allows the Shriners from Panama City to participate in both parades.

Mayor Michelle Cook reported that the city will  hold a political forum on Oct. 18 and the Vernon Community-wide Yard Sale will be held on Nov. 3.