Avenue at Aurora boosts city's building project value in June

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

Aurora -- A new senior living complex which has started construction on South Chillicothe Road boosted the value of projects for which building permits were issued in June to $11.3 million.

Called the Avenue at Aurora, the new building is on the east side of the road just north of Independence Village. Its value was listed at $8.2 million.

One other commercial project received a permit -- interior alterations at the North Face at Aurora Farms Premium Outlets -- worth $130,000.

Meanwhile, residential projects were valued at $1.75 million, including five condominium units, one single-family home, eight alterations, five decks, three each utility buildings and additions, two above-ground pools and one garage.

There also were $1.22 million worth of industrial projects, including additions at National Pump and Process on Treat Road and CabMat on Gentry Drive, dividing walls at Natural Essentials on Lena Drive and rooftop units at World Wide Chuck Services on Danner Drive.

The city issued 53 licenses, including 38 for general work, seven for electrical, five for plumbing and three for heating-air conditioning.

Building department revenue included $31,277 for permits, $5,300 for licenses, $657 for miscellaneous, $4,440 in impact fees, $641 in state fees, $6,000 for completion deposits and $30,000 for topography deposits for a total of $78,315.

City workers made 302 residential and 93 commercial-industrial inspections for a total of 395.

INTERIM Police Chief Rob Hagquist reported 20 Part I -- the most serious -- crimes occurred in June, including 16 thefts and two each assaults and burglaries.

Other incidents included disorderly conduct (33), fraud-identity theft and domestic violence (six each) and vandalism-criminal mischief (five).

Officers handled 132 criminal-type calls and 82 traffic-related duties and performed 1,479 service-related activities. They investigated 13 traffic accidents, two of which involved injuries. There was one vehicle-deer collision.

Twenty-eight adults were charged with criminal offenses, including four for drug abuse, two for theft, one for disorderly conduct and 16 for other violations. Five warrants were served.

Ninety adults were cited for traffic violations, including 16 for driving under suspension, eight for driving under the influence, six for ignoring traffic controls, four for speeding and seven for illegal parking.

Two juveniles were determined to be unruly and two were cited for traffic accidents, with all four referred to juvenile court.

Police personnel drove city vehicles 17,673 miles in June, bringing the total for the first six months of 2014 to 107,272 miles, compared to 106,050 in 2013.

Fire Chief David Barnes reported his crews responded to 28 fire alarms and 151 rescue calls, and made two fire prevention inspections. There was no fire loss. So far this year there has been only $21,620 in fire loss, compared to $242,060 last year.

SUDDEN illness and lift assists were the most common reasons for rescue calls (18 each), followed by accidental injuries and falls (16 each), breathing difficulties (10), weakness / dizziness (nine) and traffic accidents (eight).

Fifty-three trips were made to Cleveland Clinic-Twinsburg, 14 to Ahuja Medical Center, 11 to Robinson Memorial Hospital, 10 to Hillcrest Hospital, seven to UH-Twinsburg and one to Southpointe. Fifty-one calls did not require transport.

During fire prevention inspections, hazards found included fire alarm system out of date, exit signs not illuminated or backup power not functional, lack of emergency lighting and too many extension cords in an socket.

The service department reported revenue from water and sewer permits in June totaled $62,484, with the Meadows accounting for $45,653, Hawthorn for $11,413 and Barrington for $5,346.

Thirty-two private septic systems were cleaned by the city in June, with 54,750 gallons of sewage removed. For the first six months of 2014, 88 systems had been cleaned, with 151,450 gallons removed.

June's cemetery receipts was the highest for any month yet this year -- $4,146. That included $1,475 for sales of lots, $868 for foundations, $808 for interments, $502 for vault interments and $492 for perpetual care.

Contractors collected 512 tons of trash and 115 tons of recyclables in June for a ratio of 82 percent to 18 percent. In the first six months of the year, 2,690 tons of trash and 653 tons of recyclables were picked up, an 80 percent to 20 percent ratio.

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