Zoning code changes

are mulled by Council

The city's planning commission recently approved proposed zoning code changes and forwarded them to City Council. They were on first reading at Council's Sept. 12 meeting.

Many of the changes focus on swimming pools and animals in residential districts.

Under the proposals, pools would no longer be considered accessory structures. Pools on lots of 10 acres or more and hot tubs with locking lids would not require fences, and hot tubs would not have a 15-foot setback requirement from residential structures.

Residential structures and garages would not be allowed to house animals; all animals other than those defined as "small" would have to be kept in properly designed housing.

Animal feed would have to be securely contained, animals would have to be confined by fences only in rear yard sand roosters would have to be kept in pens a minimum of 500 feet from property lines.

Rabbits would be added to the list of "small animals."

As for height of accessory structures, the code would be changed from 15 feet maximum on 1.5- to 3-acre properties to 25 feet maximum for 1.5-plus-acre properties.

A number of changes also are proposed in the areas of traffic standards, stormwater and grading, site plans and requirements for as-builts.

Bicycling ideas eyed

Aurora officials are seeking the public's thoughts on how to improve bicycling in the city.

To that end, a Bike-N-Brainstorm session has been planned for Sept. 17 at 9 a.m. at the Walker Building on West Pioneer Trail.

Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study and Aurora officials will conduct a 7-mile on-road and trail bike ride throughout the city, followed by brainstorming for ideas to be used in future planning.

The Bike-N-Brainstorm is part of a larger plan to evaluate connectivity within the city.

For more information, call Seth Bush at 330-375-2436 or visit www.Switching-Gears.org.

Dementia to be topic

The Avenue at Aurora will host an educational forum on Parkinson's Disease and Alzheimer's Disease or other dementias Sept. 21 at 4 p.m.

This event is for anyone experiencing one of these diseases, or is caring for an aging parent or loved one and would like the opportunity to learn more, plus share their experience with others.

The program will be facilitated by LPN Terri Vince, nurse case manager at Home Instead Senior Care.

For details, call Michele Green at 330-995-0094.

Music concerts slated

Aurora School of Music will host two performances Sept. 17 featuring its rock students.

At 5 p.m. there will be solo performances, accompanied by faculty members. At 7 p.m. will be an encore performance featuring the rock bands, pop group and jazz combo. Both are free and open to the public.

On Sept. 18, viola faculty member Christine Sherlock will perform a solo viola recital in Holczer-Waroquet Concert Hall at 3 p.m.

She will be accompanied by founder/director of ASM Vera Holczer-Waroquet on piano, and will perform works by Bach, Clarke, and Enesco. It is free.

Also Sept. 18, the school will feature its classical ensembles at 7 p.m. They include string quartets, piano trios and woodwind ensembles. The concert is free.

All performances will be live-streamed at www.auroraschoolofmusic.com.

Cleaning pact mulled

At its Sept. 12 meeting, City Council's committee of the whole discussed awarding a one-year contract to RKS Management Inc. for cleaning of city buildings.

The contract would cost the city $46,020 in 2016, with options for years two and three. The money would come from general, water, sewer and recreation funds.

Also discussed were the acceptance of easements from six South Chillicothe Road property owners relating to the city's sidewalk connectivity program.

Council reps discussed a moratorium not to exceed 120 days on granting permits for systems, equipment and devices for the operation of Distributed Antenna Systems, small cell technology and nodes for communication purposes.

Finally, members discussed a recommendation by Chapman & Chapman for self-funded medical, dental and prescription insurance renewal to be effective from Sept. 1, 2016 to Aug. 31, 2017.

Chamberlin is closed

Chamberlain Road in Mantua Township, just east of the Aurora corporation limit, is scheduled to be closed between Route 82 and Pioneer Trail through Oct. 31 for culvert replacement.

The contract includes the complete replacement of a new concrete box culvert, including new cast-in-place concrete wing walls, and minimal approach work matching in kind the existing roadway appurtenances.

Anthony Zumbo, Portage County planning and design engineer, said commissioners awarded a contract for this work to United Earthworks LLC. in Deerfield for $180,198. That was slightly over the engineer's estimate of $175,000.

The county engineer's Office was successful in obtaining Ohio Public Works Commission funding through District 7 to help offset the cost of the project by 60 percent.

The local share cost for this project will be funded out of the engineer's budget of motor vehicle license fees and gas taxes.

Variances are sought

Four Aurora residents are seeking variances at tonight's (Sept. 14) board of zoning appeals meeting at 6:30 in Town Hall.

Paul and Nicole Malie of Kingston Drive and Marilyn Schneider of Deer Run are seeking setback variances for hot tubs.

John Rasel of Parkview Drive and Svetlana Narinskiy of Moneta Avenue are seeking side-yard setback variances.