$2.5 million in building work started in January in Aurora

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

Aurora -- Permits for building projects worth $2.49 million were issued in January, according to the city's planning-zoning-building department.

Commercial projects, including demolition and interior alterations at American Eagle at Aurora Farms Premium Outlets and a spray booth at Ganley Chevrolet, were valued at $279,370, while residential projects were valued at $2.2 million.

The residential projects included three single-family homes, 10 alterations and one each deck and other.

Licenses issued totaled 313, including 193 for general work, 46 for electrical, 38 for heating-air conditioning and 36 for plumbing.

The city collected $10,549 from building permits, $31,300 from licenses, $1,152 for miscellaneous, $888 from impact fees, $155 in state fees, $4,150 from completion deposits and $15,000 from topography deposits for a total revenue of $63,194.

City inspectors made 198 residential and 95 commercial-industrial checks during the month.

Meanwhile, Police Chief Seth Riewaldt reported 13 Part I crimes were reported in January, and all were thefts.

Other violations included disorderly conduct (eight), vandalism and domestic violence (seven each), fraud-identity thefts (four) and suicide attempts or threat, missing person, drug abuse and other sex offense (one each).

Officers filed 508 reports, handled 78 traffic-related tasks and 125 crime calls, and performed 1,753 service-related activities. Dispatchers handled 2,339 tasks.

Out of 33 traffic accidents investigated, only one resulted in injuries. Six accidents were on private property.

OFFICERS arrested three adults for theft and 28 others for various other violations, including seven for drug abuse. Sixty-seven adults were cited for traffic offenses, including four for driving under the influence. Officers made 380 traffic stops.

Five juveniles were cited for traffic violations, with all five referred to juvenile court.

Personnel drove police vehicles 24,889 miles, compared to 17,900 in January 2013.

Fire Chief David Barnes reported crews responded to 49 fire alarms and 112 rescue calls, and made 12 fire prevention inspections. Fire loss was estimated at $1,100.

Falls and sudden illness were the main reasons for rescue calls, with 14 responses to each, followed by breathing difficulties and chest pain (12 each) and accidental injuries (nine).

Crews made 43 trips to Cleveland Clinic-Twinsburg, 12 trips to Ahuja Medical, nine to Hillcrest Hospital, eight to Robinson Memorial, three each to Bedford Hospital and UH-Twinsburg, two to Marymount and one to Southpointe. Twenty-eight calls required no transport.

During fire prevention inspections, hazards found included fire alarms and sprinkler systems out of date, fire extinguisher access obstructed, connection caps missing, exit sign backup power and emergency lighting not functional, exit doors and aisles blocked, too many extension cords in a socket and damaged electrical covers.

City revenue from water and sewer permits totaled $196,489 in January, with $10,956 coming from Barrington Estates and the remainder coming from commercial entities.

Cemetery receipts amounted to $2,143, including $593 for sales of lots, $1,272 for vault interments, $197 for perpetual care and $80 for foundations.

Contractors picked up 418 tons of trash and 117 tons of recyclables in December, a 78 percent to 22 percent ratio.

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