Aurora building projects worth $2.19 million; other city department reports unveiled

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

Aurora -- Building projects for which permits were issued in February were valued at $2.19 million, according to the planning-zoning-building department's monthly report.

Only $151,000 were for commercial projects -- interior alterations at True North at Routes 43 and 82 ($150,000) and Divine Consign on New Hudson Road ($1,000).

Residential projects were valued at $2 million and included four single-family homes, five alterations, two each condominiums and additions and one each deck and utility building.

Thirty-five licenses were issued, including 24 for general work, five for electrical and three each for heating-air conditioning and plumbing.

Revenue for the city was $57,379, including $10,558 for permits, $3,500 for licenses, $5,250 for miscellaneous, $4,440 in impact fees, $132 in state fees, $3,500 from completion deposits and $30,000 from topography deposits.

City personnel made 197 residential and 68 commercial-industrial inspections.

First Chief David Barnes reported that his crews responded to 28 fire alarms and 112 rescue calls, and made 25 fire prevention inspections in February.

Fire loss amounted to $10,000, bringing this year's two-month total to $11,100, compared to $10,960 last year.

The main reason for rescue calls was sudden illness (19 incidents), followed by breathing difficulties, falls and lift assists (13 each) and chest pain (eight).

Crews made 32 trips to Cleveland Clinic-Twinsburg, 12 to Hillcrest Hospital, eight to Robinson Memorial, six each to Ahuja Medical Center and UH-Twinsburg and two each to Marymount and Southpointe. Forty-one victims required no transportation.

During fire prevention inspections, hazards found included fire extinguishers, fire alarms and sprinkler systems out of date, lack of fire extinguishers, exit signs not illuminated, emergency lighting not functional, lack of emergency lighting, exit aisles blocked, exit door not opening properly, improper locks on exit doors, damaged electrical covers, too many extension cords in a socket and misuse of power strips.

POLICE CHIEF Seth Riewaldt reported eight Part I -- the most serious -- crimes occurred in February, with four thefts and two each beassaults and burglaries.

Other offenses included disorderly conduct (nine incidents), vandalism-criminal mischief (five), domestic violence and fraud-identity theft (four each) and missing person and other sex offense (one each).

Officers handled 74 traffic-related duties, 69 criminal-type calls and performed 1,939 service-related details for total calls of 2,082. Dispatchers handled 2,532 tasks.

There were 17 traffic accidents investigated, none of which involved injuries. No vehicle-deer collisions were reported.

Fifteen adults were arrested for criminal offenses and 64 were cited for traffic violations. Five were cited for speeding, four for ignoring stop lights and signs and three for not wearing seatbelts or not having child restraint seats in place. Fifty-one were cited for other traffic violations. Officers made 426 traffic stops.

Three juveniles were determined to be unruly and one was cited for a traffic offense, with all four of those referred to juvenile court.

Personnel drove police vehicles 16,542 miles in February for a two-month total for 2014 of 35,133 miles, compared to 36,512 in 2013.

The service department reported 323 1/2 tons of trash and 92 tons of recyclables were picked up in February, a ratio of 78 percent to 22 percent.

Cemetery receipts amounted to $2,844, including $1,369 for sales of lots, $1,018 for vault interments and $457 for perpetual care.

Two private septic systems were cleaned, with 3,500 gallons of sewage removed. They were the first systems cleaned this year; none were cleaned in January.

Water and sewer permits brought in $81,015. The highest amounts came from Hawthorn and Yorkshire Estates, both at $22,944, followed by Walden at $21, 217 and commercial enterprises at $13,837.

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