Aurora, new tool to make your voice heard
The city of Aurora
wants to hear from residents, business owners, leaders and other
stakeholders about the needs and wants of the community in a more active
and ongoing way.
EngageAurora.org is a new tool the city
launched this week, which is designed to help foster meaningful
conversations online in addition to traditional methods such as surveys and
pandemic, the limitations for in-person meetings has created an opportunity
to explore new methods for the vital public input in city decisions. Engage
Aurora provides that space for the community to review projects or ideas,
make comments and have conversations with city staff and other community
departments have access to the engagement tool and its use will be
all-encompassing, from emergency preparedness, water construction and
recreation projects to mobility studies such as the Havana Street Corridor
Study and visioning projects like the City Center study.
Aurora is easy to access and use, it is not the city’s intent to use this
new engagement platform to replace traditional outreach, but rather to
enhance public participation.
Pay a visit to EngageAurora.org and
start the conversation. The city is listening, and we know you have ideas
Aurora Mobility Study meeting Feb. 23
Find out more about the planned design and construction of a
10-foot pedestrian boulevard on 25th Avenue in northwest Aurora at
a virtual meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, on WebEx.
Visit the webpage for the link to connect.
Marsha Berzins, Curtis Gardner, Angela Lawson named to National League of
Cities advocacy committees
Members Marsha Berzins, Curtis Gardner and Angela Lawson have received
appointments to National League of Cities (NLC) federal advocacy committees
represents Aurora’s Ward III, has been reappointed to the NLC Public Safety
and Crime Prevention Committee. Berzins has also been named to the NLC’s
Large Cities Council and Military Communities Council.
Gardner, who is an
at-large council member, has been appointed to the NLC Finance,
Administration and Intergovernmental Relations Committee.
Lawson, who is an
at-large council member, has been reappointed to the NLC’s Transportation
and Infrastructure Services Committee.
members, Berzins, Gardner and Lawson provide a voice for Aurora’s
priorities at a national level and help NLC advocate on behalf of America’s
cities and towns before Congress, with the administration and at home.
League of Cities, based in Washington, D.C., serves as a resource and
advocate for U.S. cities, towns and villages. For more information on NLC’s
committees, go to NLC.org/advocacy/committees.
Council members are
eager to hear from residents and committed to forums in which those
conversations can occur. The format and structure of town meetings is
virtual during the COVID-19 crisis. Please visit AuroraGov.org/Council to confirm meeting dates and find
information on how to join. If you don't know your council ward, go to AuroraGov.org and click on "Property Info."
Ward I (Crystal
Murillo) - Thursday, Feb. 25, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Ward II (Nicole
Johnston) - Thursday, March 4, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Ward III (Marsha
Berzins) - Wednesday, March 10, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Ward IV (Juan
Marcano) - Wednesday, March 10, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Ward V (Alison
Coombs) - Wednesday, March 3, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Ward VI (Françoise
Bergan) - Wednesday, March 24, 6 to 8 p.m.
At Large (Angela
Lawson, Allison Hiltz, Curtis Gardner) - Thursday, March 18, 6:30 to 8:30
City Council Winter
Saturday, Feb. 20,
The Aurora City
Council will discuss the city budget, strategic plan, road maintenance,
TABOR and a mental health ballot initiative. Listen to the workshop live at
855.695.3475. This Winter Workshop will also be aired on AuroraTV.org and cable channels 8 and 880.
City Council Study
Monday, Feb. 22, 5
The Aurora City
Council is expected to hear the results of an external investigation led by
Jonathan Smith into the actions of police officers, firefighters and
paramedics in the case of Elijah McClain. View this study session online
at AuroraTV.org and cable channels 8 and 880.
City Council Regular
Monday, Feb. 22,
View this council
meeting online at AuroraTV.org and cable channels 8 and 880.
See AuroraGov.org for details on how to address the
council by phone during Public Invited to Be Heard or another agenda
item. Note: Because of the recent website outage, the City Council
continued all items from its Feb. 8 agenda to the Feb. 22 meeting.
Mayor Mike Live
Friday, Feb. 19, 3
Mayor Pro Tem
Françoise Bergan will join the mayor to talk about the upcoming
groundbreaking of a new recreation center in southeast Aurora. Join the
conversation with your questions for the mayor or mayor pro tem.
Gen Z Interpretation
of the Letter from Birmingham Jail
Thursday, Feb. 25, 6
Dr. Janiece Mackey,
youth from YAASPA (Young Aspiring Americans for Social and Political
Activism), and the Aurora branch of the NAACP will present on the Rev. Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic Letter from Birmingham Jail. Hosted by
the Aurora Police Department and city of Aurora, and sponsored by ReACT
(Responding to Aurora's Critical Topics).
Available on Zoom (passcode 236467) or by calling in to
Black Employees for
a Better Aurora (BEFABA) Annual Black History Month Celebration
Friday, February 26,
Join this annual
celebration by the Black Employees for a Better Aurora (BEFABA) under the
theme "The Black Family – Representation, Identity, and
Diversity." To be entered into a raffle, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Available on Zoom starting at 11:45 (passcode 974597) or by
calling in to 669.900.9128
A-Town!" Aurora Arts District Cleanup
Saturday, Feb. 27, 8
to 11 a.m.
Sponsored by The
People's Building, this volunteer effort will clean up trash between
Chester Street and Florence Street in Original Aurora.
Do you remember your
high school sweetheart? Are you ready to see them again at your reunion?
After two decades of failed relationships, Peter returns to his high school
reunion hoping to rekindle his romance with Kari, the girl he abandoned
after an unexpected pregnancy. As the night progresses, both Peter and Kari
face the consequences of choices made long ago...and the daunting prospect
of starting again. Depending on the public health guidelines as opening day
approaches, this production could be live or virtual.
Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., free testing for COVID-19 is provided to anyone
who wants to be tested, especially those who have symptoms. No appointment
is necessary. No doctor referral, no health insurance and no proof of
identification are required. Online registration in advance is preferred but is not
Aurora Center for
Active Adults parking lot, 30 Del Mar Circle, at Del Mar Park
in Aurora Exhibit
Online through May
The Aurora History
Museum is showcasing and celebrating the wide variety of faiths and
religious experiences of Aurorans in the new exhibit “Religious Diversity
in Aurora.” Explore photos of over 140 houses of worship in the city and
learn about other people’s beliefs and traditions.