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Aurora planning commissioner named; city enters economic development agreement with Marion County

City of Aurora announced that Jim Stewart has been appointed to the Aurora Planning Commission, filling a seat that was vacated when former Planning Commissioner John Berard was appointed to town's city council.COURTESY OF THE CITY OF AURORA - Jim Stewart has been named to the Aurora Planning Commission

The Aurora City Council voted unanimously in favor of the approval during its Jan. 14 meeting after receiving undivided positive recommendations from the commission.

"I am concerned that development in Aurora is not growing to the extent it could, so would like to be involved in what I perceive to be the initial stage of any such activity," Stewart said. "I have been attending planning commission and city council meetings since we moved to Aurora in 2018, and I feel that I have a good understanding of the broad aspects facing the city at this time."

City Recorder Scott Jorgensen noted that the Aurora Planning Commission still has one vacancy for a term that expires January 2021; applicants are being sought.

A commission candidate must be a registered voter who has resided within the Aurora city limits for at least six months. The commissioner must also demonstrate a willingness to serve on any committee he or she is appointed to by the chair, vote on questions before the commission, carry out the body's rules as toutlined in the Aurora Municipal Code and attend at least one meeting per month. Meetings typically last about 2 ½ hours.

Applicants are invited to submit a letter of interest along with a resume to Jorgensen at HYPERLINK "mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The position will remain open until it is filled.

Aurora City Council also voted unanimously to appoint Richard Bellinger and Joseph Schaefer to three-year terms on the city's budget committee and to enter into an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with Marion County for a Community Prosperity Initiative.

Jorgensen noted that the initiative is through the county's Economic Development office, and will provide three funding installments of $15,000 to the city January 2020 and July 2021.

The council will discuss how to spend those funds at its Tuesday, Feb. 11, meeting. Under the IGA, the funds must be spent on projects intended to enhance economic development opportunities for the city, its residents and local businesses.

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