Building activity in Aurora remains steady; other city reports unveiled



Aurora -- Projects for which building permits were issued were valued at $1.55 million in October, according to monthly figures released by the city's planning-zoning-building department.

Residential projects were valued at $1.48 million and included four single-family homes (52 for the first 10 months of 2013), five alterations, three utility buildings, two each additions and decks and one in-ground swimming pool.

Commercial projects were valued at $65,000 and included antennas at two locations for T-Mobile and interior alterations at Coach in Aurora Farms Premium Outlets.

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

City revenue included $12,525 for building permits, $3,800 for licenses, $2,625 in impact fees, $1,402 for miscellaneous, $120 in state fees, $6,050 for completion deposits and $20,000 for topography deposits for a total of $46,522.

Inspectors made 326 residential and 84 commercial-industrial inspections during October.

Meanwhile, Police Chief Seth Riewaldt reported that 25 Part I -- the most serious -- crimes occurred in October, including 21 thefts and two each burglaries and motor vehicle thefts.

Other offenses/activities included disorderly conduct (20 incidents), vandalism-criminal mischief and drug abuse (four each), fraud-identity theft (three) and domestic violence and missing person (one each).

Personnel filed 619 reports, handled 99 traffic-related tasks and 133 criminal calls and performed 1,740 service-related tasks for total calls of 1,972. Dispatchers handled 2,458 tasks.

Officers responded to 16 traffic accidents, only one of which involved injuries. There were two vehicle-deer mishaps, and seven mishaps on private property.

Twenty-three adults were charged with criminal activity, while 88 were cited for traffic violations. Thirty-one citations were for speeding, 14 for illegal parking, four for driving under suspension, two for ignoring stop signs/signals, one each for driving under the influence, reckless operation and seat belt violations and 34 for other offenses.

OFFICERS MADE 496 traffic stops.

Twelve juveniles were determined to be unruly, with all of them referred to juvenile court.

Personnel drove police vehicles 15,829 miles, bringing the 10-month total for 2013 to 182,455 miles, compared to 174,345 in 2012.

Fire Chief David Barnes reported crews responded to 43 fire alarms and 138 rescue calls in October, and made four fire prevention inspections. There was no fire loss.

Sudden illness was the main reason for rescue calls -- 18 incidents -- followed by falls (17), breathing difficulties, accidental injuries and chest pain (15 each) and lift assists (12).

Crews made 58 trips to Cleveland Clinic-Twinsburg, 17 to Hillcrest Hospital, 11 to Ahuja Medical Center, six to Robinson Hospital, three to UH-Twinsburg and one to Bedford Hospital. Forty-five cases resulted in no transport.

During fire prevention inspections, hazards found included fire alarm systems out of date, emergency lighting not functional, improper locks on exit doors, electrical outlets damaged and too many extension cords in a socket.

Water and sewer permits brought in $40,061 in October, with $22,472 coming from Hawthorn of Aurora, $12,882 from Lakes of Aurora and $5,406 from Barrington Estates.

Contractors collected 664 tons of trash and 124 tons of recyclables, an 81 percent to 19 percent ratio. The city has collected 985 pounds of electronics equipment and 85 empty ink cartridges in 2013.

Cemetery receipts for October amounted to $6,524, the highest monthly amount in 2013, with $2,902 from sales of lots, $1,506 for vault interments, $1,068 for foundations, $968 for perpetual care and $362 for ash interments.

Thirty-five private septic systems were cleaned in October, resulting in 60,500 gallons of sewage being removed. That is the highest monthly amount in 2013. For the first 10 months of the year, 204 systems have been cleaned and 353,290 gallons of sewage removed.

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