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Surprisingly short Aurora town meeting

The Aurora Town Board meeting that tackled procedure for delinquent water customers, the auction of a broken leaf blower and buying new floor mats was adjourned within 14 minutes and 52 seconds of starting.

The brevity spoiled a personal record for Board member James Collins, who has been keeping track of times since he oversaw a 20-minute meeting almost two years ago.

“I thought never ever would it be broken,” said Collins merrily, showing the timer log on his smartphone.

Collins had been thinking that the 20-minute meeting he led while serving as deputy supervisor could be on his list of unusual accomplishments when he leaves his seat in December after five years of service. Instead, Supervisor Jolene Jeffe, who led the Monday evening meeting, beat him.

Collins said that closer to the end of the year he intends to offer a more complete and substantive reflection of his tenure. “It was a good time,” he said. He added that running an insurance company as he does and serving on the board can be taxing. “It’s like running two businesses.”

Board member Susan Friess said she was grateful for short meeting after prolonged meetings that have gone on for two to four hours.

“We’re very thankful,” she said, “because on the other hand, we’ve had a lot of really long ones.”

This includes recent budget workshop sessions, often lengthy because the board is working to finish next year’s tentative budget proposal by the end of this month. It will be voted on in November.

At the meeting Monday, the board:

• Agreed to auction an old leaf blower and spend $2,400 on new municipal building floor mats.

• Approved an agreement with the Erie County Water Authority to turn off water for customers with delinquent bills.

• Set a public hearing for October 7 to hear ideas for Community Development Block Grants. If no other proposals come forward, the town intends to apply for about $50,000 for upgrades, including a new generator, for the senior center, said Jeffe.