The Aurora city council on Tuesday worked efficiently to pass a number of agenda items, including a resolution to accept a bid for carpeting in specified areas of city hall.
City clerk Kathie Needham informed the council that final bids had been collected, with the best bid coming in at about $6,000 more than the amount budgeted for the project. Needham pointed out that the council could use money from the city's general fund to make up the difference and suggested moving forward with the project rather than putting it off longer.
Mayor Rick Boyer agreed, making the motion to accept the bid and get the project started. Councilwoman Dawn Oplinger seconded the motion, and the vote passed 4-1, with Councilman Steve Ramirez as the lone "no" vote.
In new business, the council passed both readings of a bill amending the subsection of the code of ordinances dealing with the "basis for computing [sewer] bills." The amendment clarifies the process of what is already being done and sets a specific time frame for when averages are to be computed.
The council also dealt with a number of items that had received recommendations by the planning and zoning commission. The first of those was the appointment of Rosemary Henderson to the commission. The vote passed with a vote of 3-2, with Ramirez and Larry Marks voting "no."
Also at the recommendation of commission, the council voted to approve a request for a lot split of a minor subdivision at 1509 South Jefferson and accepted the rezoning of a property at 129 East Pearl from a two-family residential district to a commercial district.
The council then voted to formally appoint Councilman Stephen Wiles as the city's representative on the Southwest Missouri Solid Waste Management District council and executive board, with Boyer serving as the alternate.
Before the council voted to move into closed session, Needham presented members with a number of small decisions regarding the city's new website, which is currently under construction by a design company.
The next regular session meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., June 27, at city hall.