Aurora's capital budget for 2014 is $2.1 million

by KEN LAHMERS | EDITOR Published:

Aurora -- Routine road paving and painting / repair of the south water tower are the most costly items on the city's capital improvements list for 2014, with the budget setting aside $2.1 million for major purchases and projects.

Finance Director Bob Paul said $799,281 of the total capital improvement figure comes from the general fund, with the remainder coming from other funds.

"The recommended spending for 2014 addresses many of the short-term needs of the city and a select number of long-term needs," said Mayor James Fisher. "Identifying and prioritizing new appropriation investments will be the responsibility of the new administration and Council."

The south water tower rehabilitation is estimated to cost $250,000, while $500,000 has been set aside for the road paving program -- including $300,000 which will come from the road and bridge levy and $100,000 for concrete street rehabilitation.

There are no large single road, water or sewer projects on the capital improvements list. In recent years, however, some aging water lines have had to be repaired or replaced on an emergency basis.

THE ONLY other projects estimated at $100,000 or more are three new police vehicles ($100,000) and a heating-air conditioning upgrade at the police station ($100,000).

Other major purchases planned for the police department are new portable radios ($50,000), mobile radios ($30,000), in-car video systems ($18,000) and mobile data terminals ($12,000).

The service department plans to buy two 8-ton trucks ($75,000 each) and a leaf box for the leaf vac ($25,000), plus will continue annual payments of $46,087 and $22,866 for a hydraulic excavator and Case loader, respectively.

The mayor's budget includes $51,828 for a citywide computer plan upgrade, while the parks-recreation department has $30,000 available for a new pickup truck, $15,000 for disc golf course design and installation and $12,500 for new playground equipment at Liz Strahan Park.

The fire department plans to spend $40,000 for new radio equipment and $15,000 for clothing and equipment, while $85,000 has been set aside for GIS services for sewer and water lines and $50,000 for new sewer pumps.

An upgrade in the Walker Building's air conditioning system is estimated to cost $70,000, while $35,000 has been set aside for Aurora Golf Club property maintenance and path repairs, $30,000 for Safe Routes to School and $19,500 for senior center upgrades.

Other major expenditures include $62,500 for headstone leveling at city cemeteries and $50,000 for relining of storm sewer pipes.

An estimated $700,000 in Sunny Lake improvements -- including a new boathouse, parking lot, concessions stand and walking path reconfiguration -- are not included in the 2014 budget because money was set aside in the 2013 budget.

City Council has yet to authorize going ahead with that project.

The city set aside $444,000 for the project in the 2013 budget. If all of the proposed Sunny Lake improvements are undertaken, Council will have to find additional funds elsewhere.


Phone: 330-541-9400 ext. 4189

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