historic district signs
The landmark commission is continuing its plans to erect new signs designating the city's historic districts, plus is waiting for the state to approve a historic marker for the Geauga Lake neighborhood.
At its Aug. 21 meeting, panel members looked at some sign designs for the historic districts. One design was from Hudson, which has a metal sign placed on a single metal post.
Members liked using metal for the signs, as opposed to wood, which deteriorates faster and can become a maintenance headache. However, they did not like the actual sign design because it looks too much like an Ohio historic marker.
Another design discussed is a ground sign with lettering on a stone placed between two concrete or brick "pavers."
Architectural adviser Ron Lowe said the panel is contemplating placing three new signs in the central historic district and two in the Train Station district.
As for the Geauga Lake marker, local officials are waiting for state officials to approve the text before casting and installing the sign.
In other action, the panel approved a certificate of appropriateness for an addition to a house at 109 S. Chillicothe Road owned by Jeff and Lynn Schultz, and one for demolition of a portion of the Aurora School of Music, which is renovating and expanding its structure.
Signs, shed and fence
variances are granted
Four variances were granted by the city's board of zoning appeals at its Aug. 13 meeting, including two so that an auto dealer can erect several new signs.
Ganley Auto received the go-ahead to erect four wall/monument signs for its Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram dealership and three wall signs for its Chevrolet dealership -- all on West Garfield Road -- to better promote its branding.
A pole sign that was installed in the 1980s at the Chrysler Dodge location will be removed. The city code allows only one wall sign along street frontage.
Nick Zawitz of 101 N. Parkview Drive was granted a variance to allow a 2.5-foot setback from the rear lot line for construction of a shed. The code requires an accessory building to be at least 10 feet from the lot line.
Neighbor Bernard Keister opposed the variance, citing that the shed has already been erected without a permit. The board granted the variance in a 3-2 vote.
Michael Bennett of 734 McRoberts Avenue received a variance to allow a fence to be constructed across existing property lines. The 4-foot high fence runs 10 feet onto a secondary lot which Bennett also owns, and was needed to accommodate two dogs.
A request to place two directional signs for the Hawthorn clubhouse and recreation center was tabled.
Book club will discuss
Palacio book 'Wonder'
Aurora Memorial Library's Parent and Child Book Club will meet Sept. 20 at 2 p.m. to discuss the popular, award-winning book "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio.
"Wonder" follows the struggles of a 10-year old boy whose facial deformities make it difficult to make friends in his new middle school. Multiple copies of the book are available at the library's checkout desk, and can be borrowed for one month.
The Parent and Child Book Club for children ages 8 to 12 with a caring adult, meets monthly in the downstairs gallery, and new members are welcome. For more information or to sign up, stop in or call the library at 330-562-6502.
The library is open Mondays and Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a./m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed Thursdays and Sundays.
For more information about library programs and services, or to access the library's catalog and online databases, visit www.portagelibrary.org.
Openings remain for
storytimes at library
There are still openings in Aurora Memorial Library's fall storytimes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. These programs begin the week of Sept. 8 and run five weeks.
Tiny Tot read and play for infants to 2 1/2-year-olds will meet Mondays at 11:15 a.m. in the downstairs gallery. It is designed for infants and very young children accompanied by a parent or caregiver. It features short stories, songs and finger plays, followed by an unstructured play time.
Toddler storytimes ages 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 will be Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., and preschool sessions 3 1/2 to 5 are Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m. Children accompanied by a parent or caregiver are welcome, and each storytime program will feature theme-based stories, songs, and finger plays, followed by a craft.
Registration is required, and patrons can call or visit the library to sign up. More information on these and other library programs is available at www.portagelibrary.org.
Library's hours noted
Local residents are reminded that hours at Aurora Memorial Library 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. It is closed Thursdays and Sundays.
Classic car show set
Aurora's fall classic car show for vehicles from 1989 and older will be Sept. 6 from noon to 4 p.m. at Sunny Lake Park on East Mennonite Road. Rain date is Sept. 13.
It is sponsored by Aurora Manor, with a 50/50 raffle sponsored by the Rotary Club of Aurora. If the weather is not good, call 330-655-6410 to see whether it will go on.
City looking at change
in notification process
City Council is now considering amending a section of the city's zoning code pertaining to notifying nearby residents when a variance has been requested from the board of zoning appeals.
At its Aug. 6 meeting, the planning commission forwarded a recommendation to Council that residents within 400 feet of a residential property seeking a variance be notified of discussion about the issue. The distance is now 750 feet, and that distance would continue for commercial and industrial properties.
The issue was bought to the panel several months ago by Councilman Jim Vaca, who said the city could save money on mailing out notices if fewer people had to be notified.
However, resident George Mazzaro was opposed to the proposed lesser distance, because he feels it is not enough for proper notification. He said the more people who are aware of changes which could affect them, the better.
In other action, the panel granted a 12-month extension for final plat approval for the Hawkin subdivision on East Mennonite Road, subject to stormwater management, improvements and sidewalk plans being re-evaluated when construction is proposed.
Perennials swap nears
Aurora's fall perennial swap event will take place Sept. 20 at 11 a.m. at Kiwanis-Moore Playground on West Pioneer Trail beside Fire Station 1. A spring swap takes place usually in May.