The regular meeting of the Aurora city council was short and sweet this week, as the council voted on just one item each of old and new business.
In old business, the council held another vote on the appointment of Linda Barton to the planning and zoning commission. At the previous meeting, the vote was 2-2 in the absence of councilwoman Dawn Oplinger. With Oplinger present at Tuesday's gathering, the vote was 3-2 in favor of appointment.
In new business, a request by Sandy Williams to waive the special permit fee for the Harvest Church "Stompin' Out Hunger" 5K event was approved. The event is scheduled for October 14.
With those items checked off the agenda, city manager Jon Holmes presented the council with his regular report, outlining some of the work he has been doing in his first several weeks on the job. Items on Holmes' report included:Keeping up with departmental items, including -- Working on cleaning (mowing/brush removal) city-owned lots; brush hauling; street department moving to winterizing projects; installing new pole mounts for Veterans Day flags; checking lights/decorations for downtown Christmas decorations; swimming pool being closed down and winterized, working on routine maintenance around the pool; new laundromat passing final inspection and budget meetings. Council budget work sessions -- Proposed the evening of October 16 for a council budget work session. Additional work sessions may be scheduled if needed. Creamery building -- Asbestos abatement has been completed and demolition of the building should begin in the next few weeks. City hall landscaping -- Overgrown trees, shrubbery and plants have been removed on the west and north sides of city hall. Purchasing cards -- Met with representatives from the city's bank regarding purchasing cards and had a demonstration of accounting programs used to track expenditures and manage the purchasing cards.
After Holmes' report, the council voted to enter closed session pursuant to 610.021 (1) to discuss legal actions/causes of action/litigation involving a public governmental body. After the closed session, the council adjourned until the next regular meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m., October 10, at city hall.