Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect that the security grant update passed the study session.
AURORA | The Aurora City Council, boasting four new members, moved forward Monday night a request to spend about a half-million dollars in federal funds on a variety of programs along the East Colfax corridor.
The proposal focuses on $3 million from American Rescue Plan Act funds provided to Aurora for a new grant program for city businesses that want to make “safety and security upgrades.” As much as $500,000 would be specifically designated for the Colfax corridor.
City lawmakers, including newly seated members, posed a variety of questions, ranging from transparency of how the money would be spent and mechanisms of accountability after it was. Some lawmakers had questions about what would qualify for the money, and whether it would be to address security issues or actually prevent problems.
To participate in the new, proposed grant program, a business would be required to undergo a review process conducted by the Aurora Police Department, according to city information provided to lawmakers.