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Road materials measure adopted

The Town of Aurora is making sure a developer building an upscale-subdivision road uses crushed stone in its road materials and not recycled concrete.

Several weeks ago, the town made the developer stop work on the entry road into the Reed Hill subdivision off Jewett-Holmwood Road after concerns were raised about the road material.

Town officials Tuesday adopted a resolution outlining the road materials that are acceptable for the subbase of roads according to town code. Councilman James Bach abstained, and Councilman Jeff Harris was absent from the town's year-end meeting.

An inconsistency in drawings for the project contributed to the discrepancy, town officials said.

In other business:

*The board approved paying contractor Joseph Sanders & Sons $16,742, which is the third payment owed to the company for roof work done on the Gleed Avenue Town Hall. Payments had been delayed until the contractor addressed persistent leak problems in recent weeks.

The town owes about $8,000 tied to the roof work, but officials said that will not be paid until all the paperwork is closed out.

*The board also adopted housekeeping changes to the town's employee handbook, which had not been fully updated since fall 2002. Updates will be reviewed with department heads and employees in two separate meetings next Tuesday.

*The town also hired Aurora Consultants as its new information technology consultant. The town is paying the firm $65 per hour, with a cap set at $12,000 for the year. No annual contract was required.

*The Recreation Department recommended that a recreation reserve fund be established that could help with future repairs/improvements at the Community Pool. The Recreation Department realized a surplus of $6,000 in revenues this year. The amount to be placed in the reserve fund is unknown, but some money will be set aside for a new pool vacuum.

"It's a great idea. It's about time," Councilman James Collins said.

The board also agreed that it would be able to take formal action, if needed, during its monthly work sessions between January through June 30 on the Gleed Town Hall project.

Supervisor Jolene Jeffe noted that her original intent was to have board work sessions be more casual, but she said an exception needs to be made for the Town Hall work in case there are change orders or formal board action required for the project.

Town Engineer Bryan Smith said that 90 percent of the plans for the Gleed project are completed and that the town may be ready to put the project out for bid in early to mid-January.

*Jeffe announced that she will name Councilwoman Susan Friess as her deputy supervisor for 2012.