Appropriations noted

Finance Director Bob Paul has submitted the city's final appropriations for 2013 to City Council.

The document shows that final general fund appropriations are $16.46 million and final appropriations of all funds are $34.14 million.

The breakdown of appropriations in non-general funds are: debt service, $1.03 million; special revenue, $4.46 million; capital improvement, $3.28 million; enterprise, $8.27 million; and trust and agency, $638,804.

Paving project is eyed

The city has submitted an application for federal funds to the Akron Area Metropolitan Transportation Study for the resurfacing of 0.9-mile of East Mennonite Road.

Service Director John Trew told City Council on Dec. 2 that legislation to authorize the project is required and due to AMATS by Dec. 20.

Trew said the total project cost is estimated at $278,280, which includes $46,380 which the city would pay for engineering, $46,380 as the city's share of construction and $185,520 in federal funds.

If federal funds are awarded, the project would start in spring 2016, according to Trew.

Dog permits available

online or at vet clinic

If you have a dog in your life, it's time to renew the license. And for the first time Portage County is selling one-year licenses online. County dog owners have until Jan. 31 to get their 2014 licenses at the rate of $15. After that, a $15 penalty will be assessed.

Online annual tags can be purchased with a credit card at www.doglicenses/OH/Portage/ with a $2.25 per dog convenience fee paid to the third party that handles the online sales.

Annual licenses may be purchased online, at the Portage County auditor's office on the fifth floor of the Portage County Administration Building, 449 S. Meridian St., Ravenna, or at licensed sales agents around the county (the Aurora Veterinary Clinic in Aurora).

A 75-cent processing fee is added to each dog or kennel application filed through an agent.

State law now allows owners to buy three-year licenses for $45 or a permanent one for $150. Those may only be purchased at the auditor's office. The cost is nonrefundable.

Pancakes to aid man

The friends of John McCallum are hosting a pancake breakfast and raffle benefit to help offset daily expenses the family is accuring as he faces a battle with cancer. Area residents can get all the pancakes they can eat on Dec. 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 8 a.m. to noon. at Aurora VFW Post 2629 on North Aurora Road. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for those 10 years and younger.

Lot split is on agenda

Only one item is on the Aurora Planning Commission's agenda at tonight's (Dec. 4) scheduled meeting. Panelists will consider a lot split for Mike Gervace's property at 275 N. Bissell Road. The meeting starts at 7 p.m.

Library's hours listed

The Portage County District Library's Aurora branch is open the following hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

City meetings slated

A special city service committee meeting has been called for Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m. The architectural board will meet Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.

Santa to visit library;

crafts set for youths
Aurora Memorial Library’s annual Santa visit for preschoolers will take place Dec. 11 at 10:30 a.m.
Children can make a simple craft in the gallery prior to Santa’s arrival, and then will line up for an opportunity to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Parents and caregivers are encouraged to take a camera. For more information or to sign up, call 330-562-6502.
The library also is offering a variety of holiday crafts for children throughout December. Supplies for new crafts will be available at the beginning of each week.