Aurora building, police, fire reports are unveiled

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

Aurora -- Permits for building projects valued at $2.268 million were given out by the city's planning-zoning-building department in September.

There was one commercial project -- a kitchen hood at Anna Maria of Aurora, worth $3,000.

Residential projects were valued at $2.265 million and included four single-family homes, nine alterations, three decks and one each addition and inground pool.

The city issued 42 licenses, with 29 for general work, five for electrical and four each for heating-air conditioning and plumbing.

Revenue collected included $13,132 for building permits, $4,200 for licenses, $165 for miscellaneous, $3,500 in impact fees, $151 in state fees, $5,800 for completion deposits and $20,000 for topography deposits for a total of $46,948.

Inspectors checked out 264 residential and 27 commercial-industrial locations.

Police Chief Seth Riewaldt reported that 19 Part I offenses -- 17 thefts and two burglaries -- occurred in September.

Other offenses include disorderly conduct (19 incidents), fraud-identity theft (six), domestic violence (five), vandalism-criminal mischief (four), missing persons and drug abuse (three each) and suicide attempt or threat (one).

Officers filed 649 reports, performed 1,399 service-related activities, and handled 133 criminal calls and 106 traffic-related calls for a total of 1,638 services performed. Dispatchers handled 2,094 tasks.

Officers responded to 18 traffic accidents. A motorcycle mischief resulted in one fatality, and only one other accident resulted in injuries.

Forty-one adults were arrested on criminal charges, while 149 adult drivers were cited for traffic violations. Thirty-four of those were for parking violations, 17 for speeding, seven each for driving while intoxicated and driving under suspension and 79 for other offenses. Officers made 599 traffic stops.

TEN JUVENILES were deemed to be unruly and five were cited for traffic offenses. All 15 were referred to Portage County Juvenile Court.

Personnel drove police vehicles 17,249 miles in September, raising the total for the first nine months of 2013 to 166,626 miles, compared to 158,176 last year.

Fire Chief David Barnes reported crews responded to 41 fire alarms and 149 rescue calls, and made 23 fire prevention inspections. There was no fire loss in September.

Sudden illness was the main reason for rescue calls (21 incidents), followed by lift assists (20), accidental injuries (18), chest pain (14), falls (12) and breathing difficulties (nine).

Crews made 62 trips to Twinsburg Family Health & Surgery Center, 17 to Hillcrest Hospital, 12 to Ahuja Medical Center, nine to Robinson Memorial and two to University Hospitals-Twinsburg. Forty-three cases required no transport.

During fire prevention inspections, hazards found included exit signs not illuminated, emergency lighting not functional, exit aisles blocked, sprinkler systems out of date, fire extinguishers access obstructed, electrical covers damaged, and misuse of power strips.

Cemetery receipts for September amounted to $3,741, which include $1,617 for sale of lots, $1,004 for vault interments, $539 for perpetual care, $435 for interments and $146 for foundations. Total receipts so far this year are about $24,200.

Contractors collected 476 tons of trash and 115 tons of recyclables in September, an 81 percent to 19 percent ratio. Seventy ink cartridges and 750 pounds of electronic equipment have been collected in 2013.

Water and sewer permits brought in $45,898, with Hawthorn producing the most revenue at $33,709 and Homestead producing $12,117.

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