Aurora building activity valued at $1.18 million; other city reports told

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

Aurora -- The value of building permits issued by the city in December was $1.18 million, according to the monthly report from the planning-zoning-building department.

Interior alterations at Berry Plastics on South Chillicothe Road was the only industrial project (worth $67,890) while interior alterations at the Aurora Shores marina was the only commercial project (valued at $5,000).

Residential building permits were valued at $1.1 million and included three single-family homes, three alterations and one each addition and deck.

Nineteen licenses for electrical work were issued, 58 for general work, 15 for plumbing and 14 for heating-air conditioning.

Revenue received by the department included: $5,346 for building permits, $10,600 for licenses, $600 for miscellaneous, $2,565 from impact fees, $74 from state fees, $2,700 for completion deposits and $15,000 for topography deposits for a total of $36,885.

City inspectors made 201 residential and 39 commercial-industrial inspections in December.

Police Chief Seth Riewaldt reported 28 Part I -- the most serious -- crimes were reported in December, including 25 thefts, two motor vehicle thefts and one assault.

Other offenses included disorderly conduct (15), vandalism-criminal mischief (five), fraud-identity theft and domestic violence (two each) and missing person (one).

OFFICERS filed 541 reports, handled 109 traffic-related tasks and 96 criminal calls and performed 1,000 service-related activities for total calls handled of 1,205.

Eighteen traffic accidents were investigated, with only one resulting in injuries.

Officers arrested 28 adults, including seven for receiving stolen property, four for theft, three on warrants, two for disorderly conduct, one for domestic violence and 11 on other charges.

Seventy-nine traffic citations were issued and 401 traffic stops made. Parking violations amounted to 33 citations, speed 11, driving under the influence and seat belt violations two each, driving under suspension four and other violations 25.

There were no juvenile arrests or juveniles cited for traffic offenses in December.

Police personnel drove city vehicles 55,303 miles, bringing the final 2012 total to 248, 043 miles, compared to 195,176 in 2011.

Fire Chief David Barnes reported that his crews responded to 29 fire alarms and 121 rescue calls and make 12 fire prevention inspections.

There was no fire loss, and 2012 ended with a total of $125,400 in fire loss, compared to $580,000 in 2011.

Sudden illness was the main reason for rescue calls with 34 incidents, followed by accidental injury (18), cardiac problems and patient assists (12 each) and weakness/dizziness (eight).

Crews made 43 trips to Cleveland Clinic-Twinsburg, 15 to Hillcrest Hospital, 14 to Ahuja Medical Center, seven to Robinson, three to Marymount, two to University-Twinsburg and one to Southpointe. No transportation was necessary in 34 situations.

DURING FIRE prevention inspections, hazards found included fire extinguishers out of service, lack of extinguishers, exit signs not illuminated, emergency lighting not functional, exit doors blocked, electrical covers damaged, too many extension cords in a socket and exposed electrical wiring.

The city's building department reported that water and sewer receipts for December amounted to $33,990, with Hawthorn producing about $22,000 and Homestead about $13,900.

The service department reported that contractors collected 423 tons of trash and 125 tons of recyclables, a 77 percent to 23 percent ratio. For the year 2012, 5,460 tons of trash and 1,399 tons of recyclables were picked up.

Cemetery revenue in December was $1,265, including $986 for vault interments, $143 for ash interments and $136 for foundations. A total of 2,825 individuals are interred in the cemetery. Forty were interred in 2012.

Sixteen private septic systems were cleaned in December, resulting in 21,050 gallons of sewage. For the year, 235 systems were cleaned, resulting in 399,970 gallons of sewage.

Of 31 hardness readings taken for water from Portage County, 11 exceeded the target level of 150 milligrams per liter. Portage supplies water to the southern industrial zone and along Page Road.

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