Summer concerts start

tonight with Post Road

The city's first summer concert of the year will be tonight (June 11) from 7 to 9 at Veterans Memorial Park gazebo. Post Road will perform country tunes, and the evening is sponsored by Doogan's of Aurora.

In case of rain and/or severe weather, the concert will move inside of Doogan's. Residents should call the hotline at 330-655-6410 for up-to-date information. For details about the concerts, call the city's parts and recreation department at 330-562-4333.

Funds are sought for

various town projects

At City Council's June 9 meeting, Service Director John Trew was granted an appropriation of $180,000 from the water capital fund to replace a waterline on Ridgeway Drive in the Walden neighborhood.

He said fixing the situation would require the removal of fences and a 60-foot tree, with no guarantee a break would not occur in the same area, so he proposes to replace the line from Walden Drive to a tie-in on Meadowview Drive. Construction is estimated to cost $150,000, with $30,000 for engineering.

He also received an OK for $153,000 to replace an Archimedes screw at the Westerly Wastewater Treatment Plant with an 85-horsepower pump. The city's permit to install has been approved by the EPA.

Trew further requested $10,135 to replace two leaf collection boxes, and announced that Dura-Mark was the low bidder ($63,635) out of three received for road striping. The city contemplates awarding a one-year contract, with renewal options for years 2 and 3.

Also at the Council meeting, members discussed an agricultural use management agreement to allow hay making operations on designated city properties, including Sunny Lake Park and the former Spring Hill, Harmon and Hartman farms.

Legislation to allow the city to enter into a work right agreement with Reminderville also was discussed.

The village is seeking Ohio Public Works Commission funding for road and stormwater improvements on California Street, which Trew said would benefit Aurora residents as well.

City claims 9th spot in

rating of area suburbs

Aurora continuess to rank among the top places to live in Northeast Ohio, with a ninth-place ranking in this year's Cleveland Magazine "Rating the Suburbs."

Seventy-seven suburbs were ranked this year, with Richfield Village in the No. 1 spot, Solon No. 3, Hudson No. 5 and Twinsburg No. 7. Solon came in first in the education category.

Each year, Cleveland Magazine rates suburban communities across seven counties on factors such as neighborhoods, education, safety and tax rates.

Aurora ranked 10th in education and 14th in safety. According to the magazine, the average property tax for the owner of a $100,000 is about $1,950 annually, while the median home sale price in 2013 was $299,250.

"I am pleased to see Aurora's overall rating move from 17th in 2013 to ninth," said Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin. "Our exceptional schools and community services, the stable housing market and moderate taxes help us to maintain a spot in the top 20 each year.

"Our rankings also improved in education and safety. Education went from 13 to 10 and safety from 31 to 14. And the median home sale price went from $225,000 to $299,250. People obviously value the beautiful community and amenities Aurora provides to its residents."

Party with Chamber

A "party on the patio" business after hours sponsored by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce will be June 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Mad Jack's Grill & Pub, 204 S. Chillicothe Road. It is free for members and guests, but those planning to go should preregister with the Chamber.

Kusner is an alumnae

of Leadership Portage

Lisa Kusner, general manager at Aurora Farms Premium Outlets, recently was one of 32 members who graduated with the 2014 class of Leadership Portage County. She also has been active in the Aurora Chamber of Commerce for several years.

Leadership Portage County is a nine-month educational leadership development program that meets one day per month from September to May.

The program is now recruiting members for the 2014-15 class, with tuition being $1,500. Partial scholarships and payment plans are available.

Visit to learn more information and see the alumni members.

Mosquito spraying set

The Summit County Public Health Department has announced that mosquito spraying will take place in Reminderville on June 12, beginning at about 8:30 p.m. and continuing until completed. The schedule may be modified in the event of bad weather. The schedule can be viewed at

Youths reading slated

Aurora Memorial Library is offering Spark a Reaction, a six-week summer reading program for teens and tweens.

Youths can enter a prize drawing each time they check out a book, and if they return a book rating form they will receive two extra prize drawing entries. Drawings will take place on Fridays starting June 13.

The program is for students in grades 5 to 12, many of whom are required by the schools to read books during the summer. For more information, visit the library or call 330-562-6502

Safety Town planned in July
The dates of this summer’s Safety Town sessions for soon-to-be kindergartners in Aurora are July 7-10 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., July 14-17 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and July 21-24 and 28-31 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
 According to organizer Vicki Yendriga of the police department, a new indoor Safety Town layout will be used at Leighton School so participants can use it without worrying about rainy weather.

Fish derby attracts 200-plus
The city’s parks and recreation department sponsored a fishing derby June 7 at Sunny Lake Park, and more than 200 people registered.
The weather was superb, and fish as long as 24 inches were caught by all ages of participants. Raffle prizes were awarded, as were trophies for the big fish in various age category. Participants  enjoyed hot dogs and snacks after the derby concluded.

Library’s hours are revealed
Regular hours at Aurora Memorial Library are: 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.