Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin has many goals in mind for the city. In her first three months in office, she said she and her administration have already accomplished these goals:
• Secured passage of the 2014 city budget, which includes overtime reduction and implements health insurance cost savings measures.
• Revised a newly drafted sign code to include historic district requirements and secured passage of the more business-friendly measure.
• Worked with Council to place Issue 11, Geauga Lake rezoning to a mixed-use district, on the May 6 primary election ballot, and launched an effort to inform the public about this opportunity through mailings and town hall meetings.
• Hired a new law director, Dean DePiero, completed the process of hiring a new planning, zoning and building director and just posted the position of police chief because Chief Seth Riewaldt plans to retire this summer.
• Began the five-year review of Aurora's Charter with a nine-member charter review commission.
• Drafted and issued the request for proposals for a contractor to begin the restoration work at the Aurora golf course.
• Applied for a new Safe Routes to School grant to construct multiple paths and sidewalks and ADA compliant curb ramps, consistent with the city's "connectivity" plans.
• Designed, developed and mailed the 2013 Aurora annual report, and delivered her State of the City address twice at the Aurora Senior Center and at February's Chamber of Commerce luncheon.