The Aurora city council on Tuesday heard plans for the construction of a pair of sand volleyball courts, which the park board currently plans to build at Crosby Park.
Park board president Paul Ward presented the council with an image showing where the courts will be built, next to the baseball field in the park. Ward said there was a possibility that the courts would encroach on the field slightly and that the fence around the outfield may need to be removed. But, he said, the field currently gets little use, so the fence would likely not be missed.
Ward said only Crosby Park and Baldwin Park had the space necessary to build the two courts, and the board had decided on Crosby because of the proximity to businesses such as Sonic and Dollar General, which would benefit from customers coming in for drinks and ice.
Now that the park board has found a suitable vendor for the sand in the courts, it will begin going out for bids. City council members showed their approval, allowing the board to move forward.
Also among the discussion at Tuesday's meeting was the possibility of holding another "Junkapalooza" event at a city park. The agenda item was requested by Kella Witte, who was not present for the meeting.
City clerk Kathie Needham expressed many concerns with regard to how previous events were handled, saying the event's organizers failed to fill out much of the necessary paperwork. Councilman Steve Ramirez was also concerned with the fact that the event had gone on despite rainy conditions in the past, resulting in damage to the city park.
He also said that the event does not benefit the city directly, despite the increased traffic into the area. Ramirez ultimately made a motion not to hold the event on any city property in the future. The motion was seconded by Larry Marks and passed unanimously.
Also in new business, the council passed an ordinance outlining a procedure to disclose potential conflicts of interest for municipal officials, an annual housekeeping item, according to Needham.
The council also approved both readings of an ordinance authorizing the execution of "Change Order No. 2" on the Obstruction Removal Project at the municipal airport. The order will increase the overall contract amount by $3,500, bringing the amount back up to the original number.
The council also heard from the street department's Jason Jordan on the possibility of future courtesy limb pickup for citizens. Jordan said the city used to do limb pickup only after storm events but had increasingly done random pickups when asked by citizens.
He said he believed it was a good service to make available, especially for the elderly and disabled, but he would like to see the council reach an agreement on set times, dates and frequency of pickups. The council advised Jordan to come back later with a proposal of what he thought was appropriate.
Finally, the council voted to approve a resolution adopting the Lawrence County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. The plan "identifies mitigation goals and actions to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property" in Aurora from "the impacts of future hazards and disasters."
After the usual reports were given, the council moved into closed session, where it approved the promotion of Jason Jordan to replace the recently-retired public works superintendent, Steve Woods. Roger Thurman was also promoted to the foreman position, replacing Daryl Jones, who retired in March.
The next regular meeting for the city council will be at 6:30 p.m., August 22, at city hall.