Budget update given

City Finance Director Bob Paul told City Council at its Feb. 24 meeting that the harsh winter will have an effect on the 2014 budget, although it appears the city will have a necessary general fund income increase to address weather-related issues without any impact on the overall financial picture.

He said the good news is that income tax collections through February are running $200,000 above 2013. General fund expenses are higher than estimated, but there were three payrolls in January which distort the January report slightly. "Cash balances in all enterprise funds remain in excellent condition," he said.

Sign, shed variances

OK'd by zoning panel

Two variance requests were approved by 3-0 votes at the city's board of zoning appeals meeting on Feb. 12.

A variance was OK'd for the Villas of Bertram to erect a third subdivision identification sign at Route 306 and Treat Road. BZA member Tim Novotny said he believes the sign design would be in character with other signs in the area.

Chairman Terese Fennell said she did not believe the subdivision's predicament could be solved in any other manner, and member Bernard McCarrell said he believes the sign would beautify the corner.

A variance also was granted to Dan and Wendy Houlahan, who live on Lloyd Avenue, to construct a storage shed on an adjacent vacant parcel they own.

Mrs. Houlahan said the structure is needed because the couple will lose basement and garage space because of some American Disabilities Act modification being made at their house.

Ward 1 Councilman Jim Vaca was in favor of the variance. Fennell said she believes the shed would not deter from the essential character of the neighborhood.

Book club meeting set

Aurora Memorial Library's parent and child book club for children ages 8 to 12 will meet March 8 at 2 p.m. New members are welcome and can sign up at the library or by calling 330-562-6502.

The group will discuss "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" by C.S. Lewis. Multiple copies of the book, which is the first published in the "Chronicles of Narnia" series, are available at the checkout desk at the library.

Dancing in Bainbridge

The Bainbridge Swing Dance will feature Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five on March 7 at Bainbridge Township Hall on Route 306. The dance is sponsored by Kenston Community Education. A lesson will be offered at 8 p.m., with dancing and music from 9 to 11:30 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $8 for students and $25 for a family.

Fundraiser scheduled

A fundraiser is planned for Daria Rechel, a longtime resident of Aurora who has been diagnosed with AML acute myeloid leukemia.

It will be tonight (Feb. 26) and March 6 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Aurora VFW Post 2629 on Route 43 across from the former Geauga Lake Park.

Supporters can enjoy hamburgers and french fries, and there will be several raffles, including an opportunity to win a three-month membership to Pine Lake Trout Club.

All donations are appreciated, even if residents can't attend the dinners. Donations should be made payable to DARIA.

Sesame Street eBooks

available at the PCDL

Portage County District Library patrons can enjoy classic and brand-new Sesame Street eBooks, all of which are based on Sesame Street's early childhood curriculum.

Service includes four different kinds of eBooks: read along, audio, animated and interactive. Sesame Street eBooks are ready to read right here, right now. To access them, visit www.portagelibrary.org and select the "digital library" link at the top of the PCDL's homepage. Then select the appropriate link (inside or outside a branch library) to begin enjoying the collection.

This service is available to anyone with a PCDL card in good standing. Visit www.portagelibrary.org to learn more about this service or for more information about other PCDL services and programs.

City meetings ahead

Aurora residents should not5e that the planning commission will meet March 5 at 7 p.m. in Town Hall. The next City Council meeting is March 10 at 7 p.m., while the board of zoning appeals will gather March 12 at 7 p.m.

DST coming March 9

A reminder that Daylight Saving Time begin at 2 a.m. March 9. Turn your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed on March 8.

City will clean septic tanks
The city of Aurora offers a cleaning program for septic systems on residential properties that are not connected to the city’s santiary sewer facilities.
The service costs $180 per cleaning, and payment should be submitted to City of Aurora septic program, attn. Sheila Martin, 158 W. Pioneer Trail, Aurora 44202. The city accepts MasterCard and Discover payments online only.
For further information, or to make sure a current application is on file, telephone Martin at 330-995-9116.