Aurora BZA approves

horse arena variance

By a 3-2 margin, the city's board of zoning appeals on Aug. 10 granted a variance to an East Mennonite Road couple to build horse exercise arena on their property.

Paul and Lauri Johnson received the OK to build the 6,000-square-foot structure, which would be the sixth accessory structure on their property. The city code permits only two such structures.

A second variance, which also passed 3-2, will allow the Johnsons a total of 11,792 square feet of accessory structures, when the code allows only 3,000. One structure is a 60-by-100-foot, 150-year-old barn. There also are two homes on the parcel.

Several nearby residents who spoke at the session were opposed to the variance, and the board also received several letters opposing it.

The variance was granted with the provision that no commercial use would be allowed on the property, and additional screening would be provided.

Board members Tom Carr, Tony Gramm and Tim Novotny favored the variance, while Terese Fennell and Jeff Iammarino opposed it.

2 Aurora pharmacies

carry overdose drug

A thousand pharmacies across the state are offering an overdose-reversing drug, a little more than a year after a new state law took effect allowing access to supplies without a prescription.

State health officials announced the milestone Aug. 29, noting the availability of naloxone in 79 counties. The list includes two in Aurora -- CVS at 118 W. Garfield Road (330-562-7032) and Walgreens, 95 W. Garfield Road (330-562-2007).

Naloxone, sold under the brand name Narcan, blocks the effects of heroin and other opioids. As of mid-July 2015, naloxone can be purchased from participating pharmacies.

Many law enforcement agencies and emergency responders also have stocked up on naloxone and are using the drug regularly to treat overdoses.

"Increasing the availability of naloxone is essential in preventing fatal drug overdoses impacting our state," said Steven W. Schierholt, director of the state pharmacy board.

Attorney General Mike DeWine has said that the number of unintentional drug overdoses in the state would be even higher without naloxone.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, nearly 20,000 doses of naloxone were administered last year, up from about 7,200 two years earlier.

-- Marc Kovac, RPC state bureau

Variance granted for

a pavilion / fireplace

At its Aug. 10 meeting, the city's board of zoning appeals voted 3-2 in favor of granting a variance for a Deepwoods Drive resident to build a pavilion to accompany his outdoor pool.

The variance was reconsidered after it initially was voted down by a 2-2-1 margin. On the first vote, member Tim Novotny abstained, but it was later determined he had no conflicting interest in the project, so he voted in favor.

Thus, Jim Mehallis will be able to build the pavilion, which essentially is a fireplace at the end of his pool which will be covered by a roof.

Mehallis said he owns 27 acres and no neighbors can see his house and pool. The variances were to allow four accessory structures instead of two allowed by the code, and to add 882 square feet of accessory structures for a total of 9,222 square feet on the property, when the limit is 3,000.

Other variances granted at the meeting were:

Phil Lankford of 1011 Lloyd Avenue for a 6-foot solid fence instead of the permitted 4-foot fence with 50 percent air; Chris Courtad of 55 S. Chillicothe Road for a 1-foot driveway setback from the property line when a minimum of 3 feet is required.

Chelsea Mace of 155 Shawnee Trail for a 22-foot high detached garage, where 15 feet is permitted; and Chris Kennedy of 585 Circlewood Drive for a 27-foot side yard setback instead of the allowable 50-foot distance for a detached garage.

At a special meeting Aug. 18, the BZA granted a variance to Wesley Graham of 411 Chatham Drive for a deck with a 31-foot rear setback instead of the required 40 feet.

Book club will gather

Aurora Memorial Library's parent and child book club will meet Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. to discuss the recently published children's adventure novel "Pax" by Sara Pennypacker.

Multiple copies of this book are available at the circulation desk of the library, and books are due back on the date of the discussion.

The club welcomes new members and meets monthly during the school year. It is geared toward 8- to 12-year-olds accompanied by an adult.

For more information on this or any other library program, call 330-562-6502 or visit

Dan Gilbert to perform

The Aurora School of Music will host Dan Gilbert, former principal clarinetist of the Cleveland Orchestra and University of Michigan professor, for a free concert Sept. 11 at 4 p.m. He will be accompanied by Christopher Harding on the piano. No tickets are required to attend.

Planning meeting set

Aurora's planning commission will meet tonight (Sept. 7) at 6:30 in Town Hall.

On the agenda are zoning code changes in the areas of engineering, street trees, accessory structures, pools, chickens/animals and marijuana additions.

The panel also will discuss wetlands setbacks and a preliminary site plan for a small shopping center on North Chillicothe Road.

Party on patio slated

A business after hours party on the patio event for Aurora Chamber of Commerce members will take place Sept. 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Aurora Inn Hotel & Event Center. There will be complimentary appetizers and a cash bar, and it is free for Chamber members and their guests.

Guidelines discussed

At a work session Aug. 18, the city's architectural board of review discussed possible changes in the commercial, residential and industrial architectural guidelines to streamline the approval process.

KSU loses to Lions

Aurora High graduate George Bollas got in at quarterback for a short time in Kent State’s 33-13 opening season loss to Penn State on Sept. 3. He had minus-7 yards on one rush and was zero for one passing. The Golden Flashes will host Noth Carolina A&T on Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. at Dix Stadium.