Highlights of Aurora Town Council Meeting of Tuesday, October 13

Neighbourhood Network Update

The Town of Aurora and Neighbourhood Network have an active community partnership. Neighbourhood Network has worked on several local initiatives supporting Aurora residents. Representatives from Neighbourhood Network provided an update to Aurora Town Council on their accomplishments and activities for the year.

If residents are interested in volunteering for Neighbourhood Network or are in need of their services, please visit www.neighbourhoodnetwork.org

Town of Aurora School Safety Lawn Signs Program

The Town of Aurora is promoting pedestrian and driver safety for children traveling to and from school. The Town has made available municipal lawn signs to remind drivers to be alert and drive slowly in and around school zones.

Lawn signs will be available for pick-up from Aurora Town Hall as of Thursday, October 15. There is one lawn sign per household with a limited quantity available, on a first-come first-serve basis.

The Town of Aurora is the first municipality in York Region to introduce a School Travel Planning policy. The policy provides a framework for the Town to work with schools and parents to identify potential school traffic issues, and focus on injury prevention strategies and increased physical activity in school-aged children.

The policy was initiated by the Town’s Infrastructure & Environmental Services (Public Works) division and was endorsed by Aurora Town Council in late 2013. In partnership with The Regional Municipality of York, The Town of Aurora launched a School Safety Campaign in Fall 2014.

Aurora to establish a Design Review Panel

Aurora Town Council has approved a Notice of Motion from Councillor Tom Mrakas asking staff to develop Terms of Reference for a Design Review Panel. The panel will provide professional advice on preserving the uniqueness and design of the Promenade Area, properties within the Heritage Resources Area and any designated or listed properties.

Town supports fair pricing of e-books for Public Libraries

Aurora Town Council has approved a Notice of Motion from Councillor Michael Thompson asking to support a resolution to allow public libraries to purchase e-books from publishers at a fair and reasonable price.

Electronic books are becoming a popular trend and preferred source of reading by library users. The multi-national publishers are charging public libraries a higher cost to purchase e-books for their collections than to consumers. A higher cost to the library fosters illegal e-book copies and impedes the library from providing efficient services to the community.

The Town of Aurora is asking the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport to work with the federal and other provincial and territorial governments to find a solution to allow libraries to purchase e-books from publishers at a fair and reasonable price.

A copy of this resolution will be sent to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) requesting its endorsement of the resolution, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), all other provincial and territorial associations across Canada, the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario, and all municipalities within York Region.

Updated Budget Meeting Schedule

Date Time Meeting
November 2
5:30 p.m. Operating Budget REVISED START TIME
November 16
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Hold for continuation of November 2 review
November 16
7:00 p.m. Library Board, Aurora Cultural Centre Board and Aurora Historical Society Board
presentations only
November 23
7:00 p.m. Hold for Budget Review follow-up if necessary
December 8
7:00 p.m. Regular Council – Budget Approval Report