City Council and Committee of the Whole - September 25, 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, Harold Hatridge, George Horvat,and Scott Wolf. Sara Grdina Gilmore, Dennis Kovach and Peter French were absent. There were 8 City Officials/Employees and 5 citizens present.
September 11, 2023 minutes were adopted.
Finance Director Timothy Clymer reported that fund balances remain in a healthy position with $43,460,379 unencumbered in all funds and $20,511,899 in the General Fund.
There were 8 Ordinances proposed for Action that evening on 1st Reading:
There were 2 Ordinances proposed that will go on the October 9 agenda:
The Meeting adjourned at 6:55 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 5 people in the gallery.
Minutes from the September 11, 2023 meeting were adopted.
Mayor’s Report: Karen Pope read Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin’s report. The Street dedication of Manny Berenholtz Way will be on September 30; SR 43 is closed at Liberty Road in Solon which will impact Aurora; Cemetery cleanup starts October 16; Senior Leaf Raking event is on Saturday November 4th; The Fall Festival and Business Showcase at Sunny Lake Park is Saturday, October 7 from noon to 4 pm; Shred Day is October 14 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Aurora Service Center; the Harmon 8th Graders visited City Hall on their annual walkabout around the city; she taped her September Community focus report; attended the Aurora Chamber Purse Bingo and attended and handed out awards at the Classic Car Show at Sunny Lake Park. John Kudley expanded on the 8th Graders Walkabout and their visit to the Historical Museum.
Law Director’s Report: There were no questions for Mr. DePiero.
Citizens Comments: None
Council Remarks: None
Ordinances on 3rd Reading:
Ordinances on 2nd reading:
The 8 Ordinances proposed at the COW for action that evening were adopted with rules suspended. See Committee of the Whole report for details. (Ordinance 2023-139 approving the change order from Ronyak Paving was adopted with a no vote from B. Duguay.)
Citizens Comments: Harry Caplin spoke about the 7 acres he owns near the Cemetery and the Service Center. He had it appraised and wanted it on the record that there are some issues that may occur with the City’s use of the service road and the road’s decline. April Secura, President of LWV of NPC spoke about the upcoming Candidates and Issues Night on October 3 at Harmon School at 6:30 pm.
Council Members and Committee Remarks: S. Wolf questioned the math for the purchase of Geauga Lake. B. Duguay mentioned the Chamber of Commerce Person and Business of the year Applications are being accepted. H. Hatridge, Ward 6 Councilman, said this was his last year as Councilman.
The meeting adjourned at 7:28 pm.
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