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Aurora residents WILL weigh in
By Amy Boerema | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 10/23/2007 12:17 AM

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Dozens of residents could weigh in on a parental notification proposal at tonight's city council meeting, but that's not the only issue facing Aurora aldermen.

They're also expected to vote on installing red light cameras at some intersections and proposals to start work on two major capital projects. The meeting is at 6 p.m. at city hall, 44 E. Downer Place.

The enforcement cameras are intended to reduce the number of motorists who run red lights and thus cause accidents.

If the plan is approved, cameras would be installed at 20 of the city's most dangerous intersections. The program would be funded solely through the revenue it generates, city leaders say.

Aldermen also could approve a $1.64 million contract with J. L. Burke Contracting, Inc. of Mokena to begin restoring the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall.

Work will include stabilizing the building at 23 E. Downer Place and adding a small addition and an elevator.

City leaders set aside $700,000 this year for the project, with $1 million targeted in next year's budget.

Aldermen also could approve construction on parts of the new Aurora police complex at 1200 E. Indian Road.

They'll vote on three contracts totaling $4.76 million for a staff parking garage and training and support center.

The complex, which could cost around $75 million, also includes a main headquarters, which won't open until late 2009 or 2010.

As of Monday afternoon, about 40 people had signed up to speak during public comment. Many plan to talk about parental notification, a non-agenda item.

But aldermen also may hear from those who didn't get a chance to address them Oct. 9 about the new Planned Parenthood facility, when officials limited comment to two hours.

An aldermen suggested continuing public comment tonight from the list of those who didn't get to speak, which includes more than 60 people.