The following action was taken by Aurora City Council at its June 24 meeting:
• Awarded a contract to Aero-Mark Co. LLC ($46,600) to perform crack sealing on Route 306 and the southern portion of Route 43.
• Granted a conditional zoning certificate to Norman and Becky Olszewski for a private outdoor recreational facility at 1199 E. Garfield Road.
• Adopted the 2020 tax budget, with estimates as follows: general fund, $17.64 million; special revenue, $22.35 million; debt service, $135,127; capital projects, $3.57 million; enterprise, $20.42 million; and trust and agency, $3.14 million.
• Amended the Chapter 161 "employees generally" ordinance to update policies and practices for non-union employees.
• Revised the contract with Fabrizi Trucking & Paving Co. (additional $11,520) for repair work at a sinkhole caused by a collapsed stormwater pipe in VFW Post 2629’s parking lot at East Boulevard and Orchestra Avenue. The original contract was for $58,443.
• Amended the contract with LTech Solutions to reflect a $5,750 per month increase for IT managed services.
• Accepted easements from Health Care Reit Inc. (Independence Village) and Premium Outlet Partners LP (Aurora Farms Premium Outlets) to construct a sidewalk in front of those businesses in accordance with the city’s connectivity plan.
• Confirmed the mayor’s appointment of Daisy Alford-Smith to the architectural board of review, replacing Lauren Broderick, and Kevin Krane as an alternate member of the board of zoning appeals, terms of which run through Dec. 31, 2021.
• OK’d Charles Brodbeck as a service technician replacement for a retired service department employee.
Other business Included the following:
• Tree commission member Deborah Davis presented annual landscaping awards to Mantua Feed & Grain (commercial) and Mary Davis of California Street and Robert and Jean Wilson of Mill Pond Road (private residences).
• Finance Director Tim Clymer reported the 2018 city audit has been completed and the report submitted to the Ohio auditor for review. "We anticipate a clean opinion with no citations," he said, adding he will pass along the results of the audit later in the summer. He said fund balances remain in a health position, with $30.03 million unencumbered in all funds and $9.06 million in the general fund. Income tax collections for the first five months of 2019 were $98,277 above the same period last year.
• Councilman John Kudley reported Katie Trook and Melissa Coleman, in conjunction with the Aurora Historical Society, have decorated Heinen’s Cafe with memorabilia and photos relating to the history of Aurora and the Geauga Lake area.
• Service Director Harry Stark reported officials expect the East Pioneer Trail widening project near the intersection of Route 43 to be completed by July 4. He said he was pleased with the progress of the project.