Building upswing continues; other Aurora reports for April unveiled

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

Aurora -- Building activity continued to rebound in the city in April as the planning-zoning-building department reported projects, for which building permits were issued, were valued at $2.47 million.

Eight permits were issued for single-family homes, bringing the total for the first four months of 2013 to 26. Other residential permits included additions (four), alterations (six), decks (two) and utility building and above-ground pool (one each).

No permits were issued for commercial or industrial projects.

Forty-two licenses were issued, including 32 for general work, nine for electrical and one for heating and air conditioning.

The building department brought in $71,477, with the breakdown as follows: building permits, $12,912; licenses, $4,200; impact fees, $7,000; miscellaneous, $189; state fees, $127; completion deposits, $7,050; and topography deposits, $40,000.

City inspectors made 294 residential and 64 commercial-industrial inspections for a total of 358.

Meanwhile, Police Chief Seth Riewaldt reported 21 Part I -- the most serious -- crimes occurred in April, including 15 thefts, four burglaries and one each assault and arson.

Other crimes reported included disorderly conduct (17), vandalism-criminal mischief (11), fraud-identity theft (six), domestic violence (four), missing persons (three) and other sex offense and suicide attempt or threat (one each).

Officers took 632 reports, handled 78 traffic-related tasks and 129 criminal-type calls and performed 1,632 service-related activities for total calls handled of 1,839. Dispatchers handled 2,406 activities.

Officers investigated 13 traffic accidents, with one involving injuries. There were no deer-vehicle mishaps reported.

TWENTY-FOUR arrests were made for adult criminal activity and 98 citations were issued for traffic violations. Speed violations accounted for 19 citations, ignoring traffic control devices for eight, driving under suspension for six and driving while intoxicated for four. Twenty-seven parking citations were handed out.

Five juveniles were determined to be unruly and four were cited for traffic offenses. All nine of those cases were referred to the juvenile court.

Personnel drove police vehicles 19,908 miles for the month, bringing the four-month total to 75,188 compared to 70,222 for the same period in 2012.

Fire Chief David Barnes reported his crews responded to 34 fire alarms and 103 rescue calls, while performing eight fire prevention inspections. There was no fire loss. For the year, fire loss is estimated at $90,000.

The main reasons for rescue calls were sudden illness and accidental injuries (13 incidents each), with chest pain accounting for eight calls and breathing problems for six.

Crews made 41 trips to the Twinsburg Family Health & Surgery Center, 10 to Ahuja Medical Center, seven to Hillcrest Hospital, six to Robinson Memorial, two to Southpointe and one to UH Twinsburg. Thirty-six calls required no transport.

During fire prevention inspections, hazards found included fire extinguishers out of date, exit signs not illuminated, exit sign backup power not functional, emergency lighting not functional, exit doors blocked, too many extension cords in a socket and exposed electrical wiring.

Water and sewer connections brought in $78,626, with about $56,000 coming from Hawthorn, $12,000 from Homestead and $10,000 Walden.

Aurora Cemetery revenue was the lowest of the year so far at $320, including $270 for ash interments, $37.50 for sales of lots and $12.50 for perpetual care.

Contractors collected 480 tons of trash, the highest monthly figure so far this year and 107 tons of recyclables, the second highest amount, for an 82 percent to 18 percent ratio.

The city cleaned 35 private septic systems for a total of 62,370 gallons of sewage.

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