Aurora building projects valued at $1 million; other reports told

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

Aurora -- Value of projects for which building permits were issued in April in the city was $1.068 million, including $878,430 for residential projects and $189,545 for commercial projects.

Residential permits include three for single-family homes, six for alterations, three for decks, two for utility buildings and one for an above-ground pool.

Two commercial projects were a metal roof at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church ($159,545) and antennas on the city's north water tower ($30,000).

Forty-seven licenses were issued, including 35 for general work, eight for electrical, three for plumbing and one for heating-air conditioning.

Building department revenue for the month included $9,021 for building permits, $4,700 for licenses, $272 for miscellaneous, $2,664 in impact fees, $21,905 in unclaimed funds, $80 in state fees, $3,350 in completion deposits and $15,000 in topography deposits for a total of $56,992.

City personnel made 202 residential and 36 commercial-industrial inspections in April.

Police Chief Seth Riewaldt reported that 22 Part I crimes -- the most serious -- occurred in April, including 19 thefts, two burglaries and one assault.

Other offenses included disorderly conduct 11 incidents), domestic violence (six), fraud-identity theft (five), drug abuse (three), vandalism-criminal mischiefs (two) and missing person (one).

Police officers handled 101 criminal-type calls, 80 traffic-related details and 1,533 service-related tasks for a total of 1,714 calls. Dispatchers handled 2,339 duties.

Officers investigated 23 traffic accidents, only one of which resulted in an injury.

Driving under suspension was the No. 1 violation -- six incidents -- followed by ignoring traffic signals (five), driving under the influence (four, seat belt-child restraint violations and speeding (two each) and other offenses (70). Thirteen parking citations were issued.

ELEVEN juveniles were determined to be unruly, with all those cases referred to juvenile court.

Personnel drove police vehicles 20,018 miles during the month for a total this year through the end of April of 71,907.

Fire Chief David Barnes reported his crews responded to 142 rescue calls and 31 fire alarms, and made 15 fire prevention inspections.

The No. 1 reason of rescue calls was sudden illness (37 incidents), followed by falls (15), accidental injuries (11), lift assists (10), breathing difficulties (nine) and chest pain (eight).

Crews made 48 trips to Cleveland Clinic-Twinsburg, 17 to Ahuja Medical Center, 16 each to Hillcrest and Robinson hospitals and three to University Hospitals-Twinsburg. Forty rescue calls required no transport.

During fire prevention inspections, hazards found included exit signs not illuminated and exit sign backup power not functional, emergency lighting not functional, lack of emergency lighting,exit aisles blocked, exposed electrical wiring, damaged electrical sockets and too many extension cords in a socket.

According to the city's service department, cemetery revenue for April was $4,604, the most for any month yet this year. Of that total, $2,321 came from sales of lots, $1,000 for foundations, $774 for perpetual care and $509 for vault interments. Revenue for the first four months of 2014 was $14,579.

Contractors collected 519 tons of trash and 118 tons of recyclables in April, a ratio of 81 percent to 19 percent. Both tonnage figures were highs for 2014 so far. Disposal of electronics equipment so far this year amounted to 670 pounds, including 300 in computers, 200 in printers, 130 in phones and miscellaneous wired devices and 40 in printer cartridges.

Revenue from water and sewer permits totaled $33,554, including $22,945 from Hawthorn of Aurora and $10,609 from Walden.

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