City of Aurora to continue flextime; council approves budget for 2019

By Steve Chapman

Aurora city departments will be able to continue to utilize flextime with full-time employees.
During their meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13, members of the Aurora City Council discussed the use of flextime as mentioned in a proposed resolution “accepting and approving revisions of the personnel policies for the city of Aurora.” According to unofficial minutes from the meeting, Councilman Don McWade proposed removing flextime from the proposed personnel policy, citing a concern that flextime would take hours away from city employees.
City Manager Jon Holmes explained that flextime is used by city department heads to keep departments within budget. He added that the Aurora Police Department relies on flextime heavily, and changing this would negatively affect their budget.
Holmes also stated that the city needs a clear and concise policy on how flextime is to be used, which is why it was being included in the manual.
Councilman David Larry Marks asked if flextime was mandatory; Holmes replied that it is discretionary. Councilman Stephen Wiles asked why the council would not want to save the city money by allowing flextime instead of overtime. Ultimately, the council passed the resolution as written.
The council also approved the first readings of three of four bills during the meeting. The first bill approved the city’s budget for Fiscal Year 2019. The second bill approved a lot split for three attached properties belonging to Donald and Betty Coyne at 700 S. Park through 714 S. Park.
The third bill was for a requested zoning change by Christopher and Sandra Edwards “involving 210 N Elliot and one lot to the East.”
The fourth bill involved a request from First Independent Bank for a parcel of land. McWade told the council the usage of the land was going to be for a garage in which to park a semi truck. Holmes said he and Planning and Zoning Building Inspector Trent White had looked into the matter and said the ordinance regarding it allowed for a buffer zone to be built between residential and commercial. He recommended tabling the reading of the ordinance for further discussion with First Independent Bank, and then bring the measure back to the next council meeting. The council voted to table the reading.
The council also voted for Holmes to set up a temporary four-way stop at the intersection of Highland and Wolf. The four-way stop was set up as a way to reduce the risk of accidents at the intersection.


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