Aurora building value is $2 million; other reports unveiled

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

Aurora -- Building permits for projects valued at $2.07 million were granted in December, the city's planning-zoning-building department reported.

Two permits were for single-family homes, five were for alterations and one was for an in-ground swimming pool. The value of the residential projects was $922,307.

One permit was issued for interior alterations at Anna Maria valued at $1 million, one was issued for interior alterations at Eaton Corp. worth $125,000 and one was issued for interior alterations at PartsSource worth $25,000.

Only one license -- for heating-air conditioning -- was issued.

Revenue for the department included $7,356 for building permits, $100 for licenses, $750 for miscellaneous, $1,750 in impact fees, $141 in state fees, $3,550 for completion deposits and $10,000 for topography deposits for a total of $23,647.

City employees made 201 residential and 67 commercial-industrial inspections for a total of 268.

Meanwhile, Police Chief Seth Riewaldt reported 15 Part I crimes -- the most serious -- occurred during December, including 13 thefts and two assaults.

Other offenses included fraud-identity theft, five incidents; vandalism-criminal mischief, two, drug abuse, four, domestic violence, nine; disorderly conduct, 12; and missing person, one.

Officers filed 493 reports, handled 80 traffic-related duties, 98 criminal-type calls and performed 1,482 service-related activities for total calls of 1,660. Dispatchers handled 2,055 tasks.

Officers investigated 44 traffic accidents, only two of which involved injuries.

Thirty-five adults were arrested on criminal charges and 55 were cited for traffic violations. Speeding was the most prevalent traffic citation with 17 tickets issued. Five people were cited for driving while intoxicated and one was cited for driving under suspension.

ONE JUVENILE was determined to be unruly and three were cited for traffic offenses, with all four sent to juvenile court.

City personnel drove police vehicles 16,395 miles in December for a 2013 year-ending total of 221,088, compared to 248,043 in 2012.

Fire Chief David Barnes reported crews responded to 36 fire alarms and 119 rescue calls, and there was no fire loss. Total fire loss for 2013 was estimated at $242,060.

Sudden illness was the main reason for rescue calls, with 30 incidents reported, followed by lift assists and accidental injuries with 12 each, falls (10) and abdominal pain (seven).

Crews made 51 trips to Cleveland Clinic-Twinsburg, seven to Robinson Memorial, five to Hillcrest Hospital, three each to Ahuja Medical Center and UH-Twinsburg and one each to Marymount, Bedford Hospital, Akron Children's and Southpointe. No transport was required in 48 rescue calls.

During fire prevention inspections, hazards found included exit signs not illuminated or backup power not functional, emergency lighting not functional, lack of exit signs, exit doors blocked, too many extension cords in a socket, and fire extinguishers out of date, not installed in an approved location or access obstructed.

Cemetery receipts for December totaled $2,227, bringing the final 2013 amount to $35,424. Of the total, $1,267 was for sales of lots, $502 was for vault interments, $422 was for perpetual care and $35.60 was for foundations.

Contractors collected 485 tons of trash and 134 tons of recyclables, a 78 percent to 22 percent ratio. For all of 2013, 5,771 tons of trash and 1,384 tons of recyclables were collected, an 81 percent to 19 percent ratio.

Water and sewer hookup permits totaled $22,726, with $11,307 each coming from Hawthorn and Yorkshire Estates and $111 coming from Barrington.

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