Aurora building permits include $5 million for Atrium; other reports detailed

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

Aurora -- Four building permits for single-family homes were issued in May by the city's building department, bringing the total for the first five months of the year to 30.

Residential projects for which building permits were issued in May were valued at $1.24 million, and also include four alterations, two each additions, garages and utility buildings and one each deck, in-ground pool and above-ground pool.

Commercial building projects were valued at $5.04 million, the biggest of which was $5 million worth of renovations at the former Geauga Lake Hotel, which is being converted into the Atrium at Anna Maria assisted living and dementia complex.

Other lesser commercial projects are a monopole at the city's main fire station ($20,000), an antenna for Sprint ($20,000) and interior alterations at Christine Michaels Salon ($6,500).

Total projects for which building permits were issue were valued at $6.28 million.

Thirty-six licenses were issued, including 28 for general work, three each for electrical and heating-air conditioning and two for plumbing.

Building permits brought $26,774 into the city's coffers while licenses brought in $3,600. Other revenue included miscellaneous $187, impact fees $3,500, state fees $529, completion deposits $8,000 and topography deposits $20,000 for a total of $62,591.

Inspectors did 403 residential inspections and 54 commercial/industrial checks.

Meanwhile, Police Chief Seth Riewaldt reported that 25 Part I -- the most serious -- offenses occurred in May, including 20 thefts, three burglaries and one each motor vehicle theft and assault.

Other violations included disorderly conduct (25), domestic violence (seven), vandalism-criminal mischief (five), fraud-identity theft (four), missing persons (two) and drug abuse and other sex offenses (one each).

Officers wrote 687 reports, handled 148 criminal-type calls and 1,183 service-related and 116 traffic-related tasks for a total of 1,447 calls.

Officers investigated 23 traffic accidents, three of which involved injuries. There was one vehicle-deer accident reported.

TWENTY-NINE adults were charged with criminal activities and 82 were cited for traffic violations. Officers made 458 traffic stops. One juvenile was determined to be unruly and four were cited for traffic offenses, with five cases sent to juvenile court.

Personnel drove police vehicles 19,136 miles in May, bringing the total for the first five months of 2013 to 94,324, compared to 88,865 in 2012.

Fire Chief David Barnes reported crews responded to 25 fire alarms and 113 rescue calls in May, and made 16 fire prevention inspections.

Fire loss was estimated at $75,000, which brings the total for the first five months of the year to $176,000.

The main reason for rescue runs was accidental injuries (18 incidents), followed by chest pain (14), sudden illness (12) and weakness-dizziness (10).

Crews made 38 trips to Twinsburg Family Health and Surgery Center, 12 to Ahuja Medical Center, nine to Robinson Memorial Hospital, eight to Hillcrest Hospital, three to UH-Twinsburg and two to Southpointe. Forty calls required trips to other facilities or no transport.

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

Service department secretary Karen Stacko reported that contractors collected 606 tons of trash and 123 tons of recyclables in May. The trash figure is the highest of any month so far in 2013 and the recycling figure is just below a high of 123 tons in January.

Cemetery receipts for May were $1,677, including $1,004 for vault interments, $415 or ash interments and $158 for foundations.

Water and sewer permits brought in $44,945, with $11,236 each coming from Hawthorn, Highland Farms, Yorkshire Estates and individuals.

The city cleaned 27 private septic systems in May, the most for any month so far in 2013, and removed 42,750 gallons of sewage. For the year so far, 62 systems have been cleaned.

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