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Lots of construction coming in Aurora; other city reports told

FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: April 26, 2017 1:00 AM
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AURORA -- Construction projects for which building permits were issued in March in the city were valued at $4.9 million, according to the planning-zoning-building department.

Commercial projects totaled $1.05 million and included a new building for Tire Max and remodeling of the atrium at Anna Maria of Aurora. Industrial projects totaled $128,000 and included restroom expansion at RoviSys and new doors at McMaster Carr.

Residential projects were valued at $3.41 million and included two single-family homes, 11 condominium units, six alterations, four utility buildings, three decks and one addition.

The city issued 59 licenses, including 44 for general work, eight for electrical, five for heating-air conditioning and two for plumbing.

Building department revenue included $27,856 for building permits, $5,900 for licenses, $9,933 from impact fees, $393 from state fees, $1,150 for miscellaneous, $8,600 from completion deposits and $65,000 for topography deposits for a total of $118,833.

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City workers made 416 residential and 32 commercial-industrial inspections.

Meanwhile, Police Chief Brian Byard reported seven Part I offenses -- the most serious -- occurred in March, all of which were thefts.

Other offenses were fraud-identity theft (seven), physical domestic incidents (two), domestic disputes (two) and other sex offense, drug abuse and suicide attempt or threat (one each).

Officers filed 62 reports, investigated 141 criminal-type calls, handled 298 traffic-related duties and took care of 1,271 service-related activities. Dispatchers handled 1,747 tasks.

Officers were called to 17 traffic crashes on public streets, three of which involved injuries, and four accidents on private property.

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Eighteen adults were arrested for criminal activity and 40 drivers were cited for traffic violations. The most common traffic citation was for speeding (12 tickets issued). One juvenile was cited for a traffic offense, and was referred to juvenile court.

Fire Chief David Barnes reported his crews responded to 35 fire alarms and 139 rescue calls, and made 36 fire prevention inspections. There was no fire loss.

Sudden illness accounted for 32 rescue calls, breathing problems for 20, falls for 18 and weakness-dizziness and accidental injuries for seven each.

Crews made 63 trips to Cleveland Clinic-Twinsburg, 18 to Ahuja Medical Center, nine each to Hillcrest and UH-Twinsburg, three to UH-Portage Medical Center and one each to Marymount and Bedford Medical Center.

During fire prevention inspections, hazards found included fire extinguishers and fire alarms out of date, extinguishers not in approved locations or access obstructed, exit signs not illuminated and backup power not functional, emergency lighting not working, aisles blocked, electrical wiring exposed, misuse of power strips and too many extension cords in a socket.

The March trash report shows that contractors picked up 407 tons of trash and 124 tons of recyclables, a 77 percent to 23 percent ratio.

Cemetery receipts for the month were $2,925, the highest total of 2017 so far. The breakdown was as follows: $690 for sales of lots, $1,558 for vault interments, $447 for ash interments and $230 for perpetual care.

Water and sewer permits brought in $140,933. The Villas of Bertram brought in $104,763 and Homestead brought in $25,069.


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