Aurora, Ohio, City Council and Committee of the Whole
September 11, 2023
Committee of the Whole (COW): The meeting was called to order at 6:30 pm by Chairman John Kudley with the following council members present: Reva Barner, Brad Duguay, Peter French, Harold Hatridge, George Horvat, Dennis Kovach and Scott Wolf. Sara Grdina Gilmore was absent. There were 10 City Officials/Employees and 7 citizens present.
August 14, 2023 minutes were adopted.
There were 4 Ordinances proposed for Action that evening on 1st Reading:
There were 2 Ordinances proposed for first reading that will go to second reading.
The Meeting adjourned at 6:50 pm
City Council (CC): Council President G. Horvat called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm with the Pledge to the Flag of the United States of America. Council members were present and absent as noted in COW Report. There were 11 people in the gallery.
Minutes from the August 14, 2023 meeting were adopted with R. Barner abstaining
Mayor’s Report: Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin thanked all city employees and safety forces for the extra hours and many efforts during and after the storm. The Service Department scheduled an extra brush pickup. A meeting is planned with First Energy representatives in the coming weeks to evaluate the storm and discuss electric reliability in Aurora. She joined the Tribute to the victims and families of the September 11 attacks at Sunny Lake Park. The Street dedication of Manny Berenholtz Way will be on September 30
at 10 am. The Splash Pad will be open through Sunday September 17 weather permitting; The 20th Annual Classic Car Show will be September 17 at Sunny Lake Park; the Annual Fall Festival and Business Showcase is October 1; Shred Day is October 14. Since the last Council Meeting she attended various meetings and events.
Law Director’s Report: The Ordinance to acquire Geauga Lake and 40 acres of Land remains postponed while details continue to be addressed.
Citizens Comments: Economic Development Director Holly Harris Bane introduced the owners of Greens of Aurora- Elm Aurora LLC who explained their plans to have Goddard School and Aurora Dental move into newly constructed buildings. She also introduced Shannon London, 3rd Generation owner of Salon Patrick, who shared her plans for a new building to expand their Salon business.
Council Remarks: None
Ordinances on 3rd Reading:
Ordinances on 2nd reading:
2 Ordinances from Planning Commission- 1 granting exceptions for Aurora Codified Ordinances and 1 approving the Revised Development Plan for Walden Co Ltd went to 3rd Reading.
The 4 Ordinances proposed at the COW for action that evening were adopted with rules suspended. See Committee of the Whole report for details.
An Ordinance accepting for dedication the watermain and sanitary sewer on East Pioneer Trail went to 2nd Reading.
The 2 Ordinances granting a tax abatement went to 2nd Reading
Citizens Comments: One citizen would like the City Ordinance requiring that dogs and cats be leashed be amended to no longer require cats to be leashed. Another citizen asked for guidance on how to proceed with phasing out single use plastic bags, how to draft a resolution.
Council Members and Committee Remarks: None
The meeting adjourned at 7:35 pm.
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