Vehicles, cardiac monitor

purchases are discussed

City Council discussed three major purchases at its April 8 committee of the whole meeting.

The parks and recreation department is seeking to purchase a Ford F350 truck from Liberty Ford at a cost of $23,639 and the service department seeks to buy a Ford F150 for $24,990.

The third purchase being considered is a Lifepack 15 cardiac monitor/defibrillator from Physio Control Inc. for $26,031 for the fire department.

Service Director John Trew also approached Council seeking contracts with the following companies: Pipelines for culvert pipe, Shalersville Asphalt for bituminous hot mix and Ontario Stone for crushed limestone, washed gravel and other materials.

Council also discussed the possible drafting revisions to the ordinance dealing with scavenging from private properties. Ordinances from Kent, Streetsboro, Macedonia, Tallmadge, Solon, Chagrin Falls and Hudson are being studied to get ideas for possible revisions.

the safety forces bike rodeo

Early voting starts; two

issues for Aurora voters

Early voting has begun for Ohio's May 7 primary elections. With no statewide questions or issues on the ballot, election watchers are expecting lower than usual voter turnouts at the polls.

Voters may vote in person at the Portage County Board of Elections in the county administration building at 449 S. Meridian St., Ravenna, or they may print an absentee ballot application from the elections board website at and mail it to the board of elections.

The only issue that most voters in Portage will consider is the 0.4-mill replacement levy for the Portage County Health District. The district is seeking to reset its 57-year-old levy at current tax values.

If the new levy is approved, the owner of a $100,000 home would pay $12.60 per year, up from the $2.60 per year paid now. The levy will appear on all ballots in the county except in Kent and Ravenna, which have their own health departments.

Aurora voters will decide a 1.2-mill, five-year additional tax levy for police protection.

Support group to gather

Anyone caring for an aging parent or relative who would like to share experiences with others can attend the monthly meeting of the Caregiver Support Group on April 16 at 6 p.m. at Independence Village, 505 S. Chillicothe Road, Aurora. For more information, call Annette Balis at Home Instead Senior Care at 330-995-1522.

Grand marshal is sought

The city is still looking for nominations for a grand marshal for the July 4 parade. Forms are available from the parks and recreation department at the Walker Building on West Pioneer Trail.

Nominees must reside in Aurora, be in good standing and have displayed outstanding service, pride and commitment to the community, county, state and/or country.

The deadline to nominate is April 30. Nominations will be reviewed by the mayor, parks-rec director and community events coordinator.

For details, call Colleen Martin at 330-995-9149.

Plant swap slated May 4

The city's parks and recreation department will host its second annual perennial swap May 4 at 11 a.m. at Kiwanis-Moore Playground beside the fire station.

Area residents can take any healthy perennial that needs to be thinned out of their gardens and exchange it for a difference type of perennial. Residents can only take home as many plants as they bring.

Each plant should be in an individual container, and each should be labeled with the name and preferred growing conditions.

For further details, contact Colleen Martin at 330-995-9149 or

May events slated in city

A couple of events planned in Aurora during May are the safety forces bike rodeo May 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Leighton School and the Bark Bone-anza on May 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tails-N-Trails Dog Park.