In its last meeting before the April 4 election, the Aurora city council worked efficiently to pass all its agenda items on Tuesday evening, the most notable of those being the second reading of the ordinance calling for a bond election.
Councilwoman Linda Barton began to make a motion on the item right away, but councilman Steve Ramirez stopped her to inquire about where exactly the city would be spending the money should the bond be approved. He also expressed concern that there was "no real picture of what it could cost the citizens of Aurora."
City manager Mike Randall attempted to clear things up, restating details of the plan he presented at the previous meeting and saying that it was unlikely (although not out of the question) that it would cost taxpayers.
Mayor Rick Boyer stated that it was best just to let the people vote on the issue, and councilwoman Rosemary Henderson agreed, stating "I don't think we should work against it."
The item eventually passed 3-1, with Ramirez voting "no" (chairman pro tem Dawn Oplinger was absent).
The council also passed a final reading of an ordinance allowing the rezoning of a property at 417 South Park from residential to general business district.
In new business, the council passed three items regarding the establishment of a tax increment finance district for the potential strip mall on the Dyer property east of Braum's.
In order to establish the district, a commission must be formed, which will include six members appointed by the mayor and approved by the city council, along with four others. The council approved membership for Randall, Boyer, Oplinger, Randy Howard, Scott Pettit and Jan Spring.
Also regarding the TIF district, the council approved both readings of an ordinance approving a funding agreement between the city and Guffey Properties.
In additional new business, the council passed a resolution authorizing the city manager to execute a work authorization agreement with Allgeier Martin for engineering services on the overpass sewer relocation project.
The council also passed a resolution authorizing a facility user agreement for the police/fire conference training room. The agreement was already in effect but had not been previously approved by the council as required.
After a closed session to discuss legal actions/litigation; leasing, purchase or sale of real estate and hiring/firing/disciplining employees, the council adjourned until the next meeting, which is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., April 11, at city hall.