The Aurora city council met Tuesday for its first regular meeting of the month of February, moving efficiently through a lengthy agenda.
After the council approved previous meetings' minutes and the January/February appropriations, the meeting was opened to public comment. Jim Doty spoke about his plans to establish a charity which will help provide funding for firefighters and police officers who need help paying medical bills.
Doty and police chief Rick Witthuhn outlined the overall plans for the charity, as well as a plan to hold a benefit auction at Aurora High School on March 11. Council members expressed their approval of the event, each saying it sounded like a great idea.
During council forum, councilman Steve Ramirez also expressed thanks to Doty for the new sign installed at the police department. The rest of the council echoed the sentiment.
Moving into old business, the council passed the second reading of a bill allowing the "Show Me Green Sales Tax Holiday" to apply to the local sales taxes between April 19 and 25.
Also in old business, the council voted to approve the city's co-sponsoring of the Junkapalooza event with Ed and Kella Witte. After multiple weeks of discussion, city manager Mike Randall recommended co-sponsoring as the easiest route. Similar to the city's involvement with Light the Night, this measure means vendors at the event will not be charged a business license fee.
In the first order of new business, mayor Rick Boyer read and presented a proclamation showing the city's appreciation to Diane Werner for her help in redecorating the council chambers.
A "Share a Heart" proclamation was also recognized for Ronald McDonald House Week, which runs from February 13 to 19.
The council also voted to approve the city manager to execute multiple agreements, including with the Lawrence County Youth Soccer Association and Bailey Quarries. First and second readings were also passed regarding a Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission Master Reimbursable Utility Agreement, which Randall reported is the first of many transactions concerning the city's railroad overpass project.
The bulk of the agenda involved amendments to the city's personnel policy, most of which the council had previously discussed in work sessions. Sections amended included Administrative Responsibility, Pay Plan, Overtime Work, Vacation, Sick Leave, Methods, Dismissal, Boot Reimbursement and Lactation/Breastfeeding Policy.
In the final item of the new business agenda, the council approved membership on the planning and zoning commission to Eddie Breeding.
After the reports, the council entered into closed session pursuant to 610.021 (1) (2), regarding legal actions and the leasing, purchase or sale of real estate. The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., February 28, at city hall.