Income tax revenues
run ahead of last year
City Finance Director Bob Paul told City Council on May 27 that the city was $400,000 ahead of last year in income tax collections through the end of April.
"Our projections for 2014 total income tax collections remain in excess of budget at this time," he said. "Our estate tax collections were $380,000 for the first half of the year with zero budgeted. The combination of these two revenue sources bodes well for general fund operations for 2014."
Paul also reported water and sewer billings are slightly ahead of last year, with the balance shown in water capital being minimal and "it is projected we'll be able to complete the capital projects budgeted for 2014," he explained.
However, he added recent water activity may see an additional demand for new piping in the Walden area, which would be financed as much as possible with water capital money, and any balance would be addressed with water funds.
"Our tie-in fees were higher during the first third of the year in comparison with last year," Paul noted. "Having a good housing year will alleviate some of the problems in capital improvements."
He also cautioned stormwater problems manifested themselves during the recent severe storms. "We are examining way to fund stormwater issues, which might be addressed as the city's debt obligations decrease in the future," he said.
Police auto, computer
gear buys eyed in city
At City Council's committee of the whole meeting May 27, members discussed a request from Police Chief Seth Riewaldt to purchase a Chevrolet Tahoe from Byers Auto at the price of $28,021. The price subtracts the trade-in value of a Ford Expedition.
Council also discussed appropriating $12,500 from the capital improvement fund to purchase computer network backup power supplies and associated electrical work.
And members talked about legislation calling for the repair of guardrails along Route 43, which is requested by the Ohio Department of Transportation.
ODOT would assume 100 percent of the cost of the guardrails, while the city would assume maintenance responsibility after completion of the project.
Blood drive is June 10
A community blood drive for Aurora will be June 10 in the Garfield ballroom at the Aurora Inn. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Blood donations traditionally drop in the summer, and this opportunity is important for hospitals which have critical needs for blood.
Projects OK’d by ABR
At its May 22 meeting, the city’s architectural board of review OK’d the following:
New condos to be built by Drees Homes and Barrington Clusters, a revised development sign for Villas of Bertram and a new house for Pulte Homes.
Other approvals were wall signs for Salon Patrick, monument signs for Hawthorn of Aurora, a pool house for Tim Courtad, a porch roof for John Domeck, patio-outdoor kitchen for Terra Miller, screened porch for Dale Cassell, addition for Kim William-son, detached arage for Herbert Gieseler and a bay wijndow for Wendy Houlahan.
Road work bids eyed
Sealed bids are due by 2 p.m. May 30 to Reminderville Village Hall for Regatta Trail and Windjammer Trail and Cove roadway improvements. Copies of the contract documents are available for a fee of $75. Checks must be made payable to the village of Reminderville. The bids will be opened immediately after the 2 p.m. deadline.
Relay For Life slated
Aurorans are reminded that the annual Relay For Life will be June 6-7 from 5 p.m. to 11 a.m., and all residents are welcome to participate. More information will appear in the Advocate next week.
Market will start soon
Aurora's farmer market will begin June 11 from 4 to 7 p.m. on the grounds and parking lot behind the Church in Aurora. It will operate every Wednesday through Aug. 27. University Hospitals will offer free health screenings and healthy recipes.
Time to knit, crochet
Patrons of all ages are invited to Aurora Memorial Library's knit and crochet group discussion.
Participants should take their current knitting, loom knitting or crochet project and join the group in front of the fireplace on the second Monday of each month beginning June 9.
Registration is requested and can be made by visiting the library or calling 330-562-6502. For more information about this or any other library programs, visit www.portagelibrary.org or call 330-562-6502.
Water park now open
Wildwater Kingdom waterpark in Aurora splashed open its gates for the 2014 season as of May 24. New this summer at the park are 400 lounge chairs around the Splash Landing activity center.
Hungry parkgoers can delight in the waterpark's new dining plans. Single-meal or all-day dining plans offer guests flexibility in their choices while being budget-friendly.
Wildwater Kingdom will be open May 31 and June 1 before beginning daily operations June 6, and continuing until Aug. 17. It then will be open Aug. 23-24 and Labor Day weekend.
Graduation on the air
Cable 9 is planning to air the Aurora High School commencement ceremony several times in June and early July.
The schedule includes June 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 1 p.m., June 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 8 p.m., July 3-5 at 9:30 a.m. and 2, 6:30 and 11 p.m.
The station also will air commencement ceremonies of Nordonia and Twinsburg high schools.
For a complete schedule of Cable 9 programming, visit http://www.cable9.org/