Candidates to appear
Aurora residents are reminded that the League of Women Voters of Northern Portage County will host a candidates night Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Aurora High School auditorium Refreshments will be served.
Trick-or-treating rounds are slated in Aurora on Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Some tips offered by the city’s police department for treat-or-treating are:
Walk in groups or with a trusted adult, don’t run between houses, use a flashlight, examine all treats for choking hazards and tempering before eating them, look both ways before crossing a street and walk on sidewalks or on the far edge of the road facing traffic.
Other tips are enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult, visit only well-lit houses, don’t walk near lit candles or luminairies, eat only factory-wrapped treats, wear well-fitting masks and costumes
Sign code's 2nd draft
on plan panel agenda
The city's planning commission will take a look at a second draft of a new sign code at its meeting tonight (Oct. 16). A second review session took place at the Oct. 2 meeting.
Chris Doozan of McKenna Associates will submit a second draft after incorporating recent suggestioins for revisions to the initial draft.
Planning panelists favored adding a section to the code which deals with "inflammatory" content. The issue was brought to the panel by Councilman Jim Vaca and also planning panelist Peter French.
Planning-Zoning-Building Director Rich Wehrenberg told panelists he has asked the architectural board of review and landmark commission to write their own guidelines for signs and to keep them based on aesthetics.
Chamber of Commerce president BradDuguay said sign review should be less subjective and not so much based on personal opinions. He said past experiences that some businesses have had could have a negative effect.
Wehrenberg said businesses have a substantial investment in their trademarked logos and brand recognition and that should be protected. He added some language should be added to reflect that and protect identity recognition from the scrutiny of the ABR and landmark commission.
In another matter at the planning meeting, Wehrenberg said the mixed-use district project for the former Geauga Lake Park land is moving forward and he hopes legislation will be on the panel's agenda in November.
City will offer various services this autumn
The Aurora Cemetery will conduct its fall maintenance during the week of Nov. 4. It is the responsibility of grave tenders to remove unseasonal and weathered decorations/plantings each season or as needed.
Fresh and seasonal decorations are always welcome throughout the year. The cemetery crew will dispose of weathered items at its discretion during the clean up.
The October brush pickup will begin on the 21st and brush should be at the curb by 7 a.m. that day to guarantee pick up. The last brush pickup for 2013 is scheduled for Nov. 18 (deadline date to curb).
Leaf pickup will begin Oct. 21 and will continue until the leaf season is over. To prevent water flow blockages, leaves should be raked to the curb and not into the street, drainage ditches or over stormwater grates.
The schedule for the brush and leaf pickups are subject to weather conditions. The programs are not intended for private contractors hired to remove this material. Check out www.auroraoh.com under "service department" for additional information on these programs. Questions can be directed to 330-995-9116.
Fundraiser set Oct. 19
Howard Hanna is sponsoring a fashion show, luncheon, silent auction and raffles to benefit the Children's Free Care Fund on Oct. 19 at the Aurora Inn. The cost is $30 each and all tickets are pre-sold. There is limited seating. All proceeds benefit area children's hospitals. For details or to buy a ticket, call 330-562-6188.
City meetings slated
City government meetings coming up in the next week are: tonight (Oct. 16) -- planning commission at 7; Oct. 17 -- landmark commission at 7 p.m.; Oct. 23 -- civil service commission at 6:30 p.m.; Oct. 24 -- architectural board of review at 7 p.m.
Library hours listed
Area residents are reminded that Aurora Library hours are as follows: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.
Variances OK’d for
The city’s board of zoning appeals granted two variances at its Oct. 9 meeting.
One was for an accessory building to have a 2-foot rear yard setback on property owned by Jason Guzik at 645 Rock Creek Drive.
The zoning code says rear yard setbacks must be 10 feet.
The other variance was for Dale Pilarczyk to build an accessory structure in the side yard instead of the rear yard.
Guzik said his property has several areas that are proned to flooding, and the new shed would be placed on the highest point on the lot. Members agreed the problem could not be resolved any other way.
Pilarczyk said his backyard has a significant slope to a shallow creek that is 20 feet from the back property line. There also is a playground in the backyard, making placement of the building there difficult.