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Residential projects boost building in city; other reports unveiled

Published: August 24, 2016 1:00 AM
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Aurora -- The value of building projects for which permits were issued in the city in July was $3.49 million, according to figures from the planning-zoning-building department.

All of that amount was for residential projects except for interior alterations at VSM Logistics on South Chillicothe Road, which were valued at $5,000.

Residential projects included three single-family home, 10 condominium units, six alterations, five decks, four utility buildings, two additions and one each inground pool and "other" project.

Forty-two licenses were issued, including 29 for general work, five each for electrical and plumbing and three for heating-air conditioning.

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Department revenue included $25,273 for building permits, $4,200 for licenses, $9,030 from impact fees, $53.50 for miscellaneous, $277 in state fees, $8,500 from completion deposits and $65,000 from topography deposits for a total of $112,333.

City workers made 390 residential and 19 commercial-industrial inspections in July.

Fire Chief David Barnes reported that his crews responded to 45 fire alarms and 153 rescue calls, and made 34 fire prevention inspections in July. Fire loss amounted to $1,000, bringing the total for the first seven months of 2016 to $66,500.

The main reason for rescue calls was falls (20 incidents), followed by sudden illness (18), accidental injuries (13), lift assists (12) and weakness/dizziness (10).

Crews made 64 trips to Cleveland Clinic-Twinsburg, 15 to Hillcrest Hospital, 14 to Ahuja Medical Center, eight to UH-Portage, five to UH-Twinsburg and one to Akron Children's.

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During fire prevention inspections, hazards found included exit signs not illuminated and exit sign backup power not functional, emergency lighting not functional, not enough emergency lighting, exit aisles blocked and exit doors malfunctioning, too many extension cords in a socket and misuse of power strips.

The police department's report for July was not available by the Advocate's deadline this week.

Cemetery receipts for July were $2,988, including $1,285 for sales of lots, $73 for ash interments, $518 for vault interments, $428 for perpetual care and $84 for foundations.

The service department reports 481 tons of trash and 94 tons of recyclables were collected in July, an 84 percent to 16 percent ratio. The recycling total was the lowest for any month this year so far.

The city also has collected 45 pounds of ink cartridges and 435 pounds of electronics equipment in the first seven months of this year.

Water and sewer permit revenue totaled $139,210 in July. The most -- $59,609 -- came from the Villas of Bertram, and the second highest total -- $34,803 -- was from the Lakes of Aurora.

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