The Aurora city council passed a handful of items on the agenda after another lengthy public comments portion at Tuesday night's regular meeting.
Following the approval of the previous meeting's minutes and the appropriations from December and January, the council opened the meeting to those who had signed up for public comment.
First on the list was a representative from Southwest Towing, who informed the council that the company has had conflicts with the police department recently. He said state law requires the police to fill out and sign specific paperwork so that the company may tow abandoned vehicles from properties, but at times Aurora officers have refused to do so.
The statement was echoed by councilwoman Linda Barton, whose business has experienced the same difficulty. City manager Mike Randall said he and police chief Rick Witthuhn had discussed the issue and would continue working to figure out the problem.
The council also heard from Ed Witte, whose daughter organized the wildly popular "Junkapalooza" event last year. Witte inquired about the possibility of using one of the city's parks, specifically Baldwin Park, for the event this year. He said the event was simply too large to hold at the drive-in movie theater again, stating there were issues with parking and general lack of space.
Randall informed Witte that there is currently an ordinance barring people from using the parks to sell items commercially, but it was possible for the council to make an exception. Council members expressed their enthusiasm over the event and invited Witte to speak further with Randall to work out details on how to have said exception made.
Also speaking before the council again was Jim Doty, who resubmitted his unofficial request for Randall's resignation. The businessman continued to demand the council stop giving the city manager authority, following an incident late last year regarding signs Doty had attempted to donate to the city fire department.
Mayor Rick Boyer again told Doty that the council did not expect Randall to resign and that the incident needed to be put to rest.
The last speaker in the public comment portion of the meeting was Robert Barnes, who wished to address the council regarding an alleged killing of a man by the police department in October 2014.
Barnes stated "we don't know who the man was; we don't know who the police officer was; we tried to find out; we couldn't find any information on it" from the highway patrol, the county sheriff's office or the police department.
"Many people think there's a cover-up going on," he said, ending his statement on the matter with that. He went on to make a complaint that Aurora police have been making unnecessary traffic stops, citing a pair of incidents. In reply, Boyer stated the council gets more complaints that the department is "not doing enough," before informing Barnes his five minutes to speak had expired.
In new business, the council:approved a sewer adjustment for a total of $547.50 for a resident at 121 West Pleasant. approved resolutions directing the city manager to execute annual agreements with the Aurora Area Chamber of Commerce, the Aurora Historical Society and Main Street Aurora. passed a motion to amend the 2016 final budget to equal the actual fund revenues and expenses/expenditures. Councilman Steve Ramirez abstained from voting, stating he wished the council had had more time to go over the numbers before voting. passed a pair of resolutions authorizing the city manager to execute agreements with the Ozarks Regional YMCA to provide a soccer/flag football program and an adult softball program.
Following the usual reports, the council voted to enter closed session, pursuant to 610.021 (2) regarding leasing, purchasing or sale of real estate by a governmental body.
The council's next regular meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., January 24, at city hall.