Building activity in Aurora slows; other department reports given

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

Aurora -- Building activity slowed down in August in the city, as building permits were issued for projects worth just $672,235.

Residential projects amounted to $421,196, including one single-family home, one addition, six each alterations and decks, five utility buildings and one above-ground pool.

The only commercial project were exterior alterations at the Aurora School of Music (worth $4,000) and a pressbox at Ballfield 5 ($20,000). There was one industrial project -- two new storage buildings for Freedom Storage on South Chillicothe Road valued at $227,039.

Twenty-four licenses were issued, including 21 for general work, two for plumbing and one for electrical. City inspectors made 365 resident and 46 commercial-industrial inspections in August.

Total revenue for the building department was $23,456, including $7,774 for building permits, $2,400 for licenses, $875 in impact fees, $352 for miscellaneous, $105 in state fees, $6,950 for completion deposits and $5,000 for topography deposits.

Fire Chief David Barnes reported crews responded to 22 fire alarms and 137 rescue calls and made 10 fire prevention inspections. There was no fire loss, which for the year to date now totals $176,000.

The primary reasons for rescue calls was sudden illness (21 incidents), lift assists (19), accidental injuries (15) and chest pain (14).

Crews made 44 trips to Twinsburg Family Health & Surgery Center, 15 to Hillcrest Hospital, 12 to Ahuja Medical Center, five to Robinson Memorial, four to University Hospitals-Twinsburg and one each to Marymount and Southpoint hospitals.

During fire prevention inspections, the following hazards were found: fire extinguishers not installed in an approved location, extinguisher access obstructed, exit signs not illumination or backup power not functional, exit aisles blocked, electrical wiring exposed and too many extension cords in a socket.

POLICE CHIEF Seth Riewaldt reported that 32 Part I -- the most serious -- crimes occurred in August, including 27 thefts, three burglaries and two assaults.

Other crimes included disorderly conduct (23 incidents), domestic violence (seven), vandalism-criminal mischief (six), fraud-identity theft (three) and missing persons (two).

Officers handed 1,702 tasks, including 162 criminal-type calls, 135 traffic-related calls and 1,405 service-related activities. Total dispatch activity was 2,213.

Officers also investigated 24 traffic accidents, only two of which involved injuries, and one vehicle-deer collision.

Twenty-eight adults were arrested for criminal activity, while 56 were cited for traffic offenses. Speeding was the main reason for citations (13) with parking violations second at 12. There were five charges of driving under the influence. Officers made 478 traffic stops.

Three juveniles were cited for traffic violations and five were determined to be unruly, with eight cases referred to juvenile court.

Personnel drove police vehicles 18,352 miles, bringing the total for the first eight months of 2013 to 149,377 miles, compared to 141,206 last year.

Water and sewer permits produced revenue of $11,236 in August, all of which came from Hawthorn of Aurora.

Cemetery receipts totaled$3,086, including $1,267 for foundations, $825 for sales of lots, $502 for vault interments, $275 for perpetual care and $218 for ash interments. The city has received $25,711 so far this year.

Contractors collected 507 tons of trash and 113 tons of recyclables during August, an 80.5 to 19.5 percent ratio.

Thirty-one private septic systems were cleaned during the month, with 53,250 gallon of sewage removed. So far this year 145 systems have been cleaned, with 250,540 gallons removed.

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