Aurora, Ohio City Council and Committee of the Whole Meetings December 12, 2022
Committee of the Whole (COW):
The meeting was called to order at 6:15 pm by Chairman John Kudley with 7 other council members present: Brad Duguay, Peter French, Sarah Grdina Gilmore, Harold Hatridge, George Horvat, Dennis Kovach, and Scott Wolf. Reva Barner was absent. There were 11 City Officials and Employees present and 3 people in the gallery.
Finance Director Tim Clymer reported that revenues were 120% of budget and expenses were 89% of budget creating a surplus, $8.7 million some of which will be transferred to the general fund.
There were 15 Ordinances proposed for action that evening: • Employees Generally – 9 current employees will no longer be in the union so their pay rate needs to be adjusted. • Appointment of Brooke Anderson to the Civil Service Commission • Chapter 183 Landmark Commission Penalty Adjustment to discourage people from taking down Landmark Homes. • Sommers Real Estate Group- Easement for installation and maintenance of a watermain • Fabrication of Mechanical Screen and Screw Compactor for the Central Wastewater Treatment Plant (CWTP) • 5 Ordinances dealing with the purchase of 2023 Ford cars and trucks • 2 Ordinances for Snow and Ice package and Upfit Crane Package for service trucks • To appropriate and advance monies for short term basis- a loan from the general fund to cover developers fees until they are collected • To appropriate and transfer excess operating monies to various funds for 2023 capital projects. • To adopt the final appropriations for fiscal year 2022
Ordinance on 1st Reading to approve and adopt the Annual Budget and Appropriations for calendar year 2023 with a transfer of 3.38 million dollars for capital improvements leaving $14 million dollars in the rainy day fund. Details are available on line.
Meeting adjourned at 6:50 pm.
City Council (CC):
Council President George Horvat called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm with Council members present and absent as noted at the COW.
Police Chief Byard presented the Police Department Annual Awards to recognize Officer of the Year, Employee of the Year, Employee Service awards and the Crisis Negotiator.
The Mayor reported on the 2023 Budget, 2 incidents involving missing persons and the activation of the city’s reverse 911 system, the fire department blood drive, the City’s Holiday Schedule, and the events she attended since the last meeting.
There was a 10 minute Executive Session to discuss Union Negotiations.
There were no Citizen comments and no Council remarks.
Ordinance on 3rd Reading that was adopted: • Ordinance declaring as surplus 100 traffic signals that were recently replaced, for sale via online auction • Ordinance to sell a 2010 ambulance via online auction
Ordinances on 1st reading: • An Ordinance authorizing a donation of 10,000.00 to contribute to the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall coming in June 2023 was adopted with rules suspended • An Ordinance approving the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Police Dispatchers was adopted with rules suspended • An Ordinance approving a Conditional Zoning Certificate for property on East Garfield Rd. went to 2nd Reading. • An Ordinance approving the Collective Bargaining Agreement with Service Employees was adopted with rules suspended.
Ordinances from COW: • The 15 Ordinances proposed for Action this Evening were adopted with rules suspended • The Annual Budget & Appropriations for 2023 went to 2nd Reading
The 2023 City Council Meeting Calendar was approved and adopted
Citizens Comments: None
Council Member & Committee Remarks: There were congratulations to the Police Awardees and all extended Happy Holiday wishes.