The Aurora city council met for a short meeting on Tuesday, passing a number of ordinances and approving a plan for new landscaping around city hall.

With the park board offering to pay for the new landscaping from its funds, the council passed a resolution allowing the work to take place. Once the improvements to the grounds are made, it will be up to city officials to maintain the landscaping to keep it looking nice.

In new business, a motion to appoint membership to the planning and zoning commission to Linda Barton died as the vote was tied 2-2 in the absence of councilwoman Dawn Oplinger. The item will be brought up again at a future meeting.

The council then voted to approve both readings of an ordinance authorizing an agreement between the city manager and G&G Construction for the replacement of a sludge pit pump. The current pump owned by the city has been inoperable for some time and parts are obsolete.

The council also approved both readings of an agreement with K&B Equipment for the wastewater collection system renovation. The company provided the low bid on the project that will set a pair of manholes and provide service connections where needed in the wastewater collection system.

After passing a motion to designate three authorized signers for city accounts -- mayor Rick Boyer, city clerk Kathie Needham and city manager Jon Holmes -- the council voted to authorize the sale of the so-called hospital property. With the council's approval, the city will sell the Porter Avenue property to Jimmy and Julia Gunn for the reduced contract price of $59,800.

Following the board liaison reports and city attorney report, Holmes gave his first report as city manager, outlining his work over his first week in office. The council then voted to enter into closed session to discuss legal actions/litigation and the hiring/firing/disciplining/promoting of particular employees.

The council's next regular session meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m., September 26, at city hall.