Vehicles, software

purchases mulled

Two vehicle/equipment purchases for the parks and recreation department and a software upgrade for the police department were discussed at City Council's committee of the whole meeting Feb. 13.

The city plans to purchase a Ventrac 4500 tractor with attachments at a cost of $36,753 and a Hustler Super Z zero-turn mower at a cost of $12,267.

Both would be bought from Baker Vehicle Systems through the state cooperative purchasing program, with the money coming from the capital improvement fund.

The police department is seeking to buy a web-based employee scheduling / payroll software system from Right Stuff Software Corp.

According to Police Chief Brian Byard, scheduling and payroll currently are tracked via spreadsheets and paper copies, and that would shift to a digital platform.

Byard said the upgrade would alleviate problems such as lost and forgotten timesheets and schedule errors. It would allow supervisors to more accurately track how overtime is used and leave is monitored, plus make better use of staffing.

The initial setup cost would be $7,500, plus a $650 monthly fee. Total cost for the first year would be $15,300, and the remaining two years would cost $7,800 per year.

Council also discussed a $3,934 contract with WSOS Community Action Commission Inc. for mapping waterlines to identify areas to be tested for lead and copper buildup.

Two panels meet

The city's landmark commission will meet Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall's Council chambers.

On the agenda for discussion are the Geauga Lake historic marker, goals for 2017, panel and post signs for the Edward H. Sutton Insurance Agency property at Routes 306 and 82, windows at the Emrick home on Eggleston Road and the master plan review commission.

Meanwhile, the city's planning commission will meet tonight (Feb. 15).

There will be a public hearing on a conditional zoning certificate for Aurora Animal Care Center on Route 43 at Sycamore Drive, and discussion about Liberty Ford's proposed dealership at Route 43 and Treat Road and development plans for the Homestead subdivision.

Money available for house rehabs

CHIP is an Aurora citywide program to assist primarily low to moderate income homeowners in repairing and rehabilitating their home.

Homeowners can receive grants and loans of up to $10,000 for repairs and $40,000 for a rehabilitation.

A home rehabilitation addresses all health, safety, energy deficiencies, and accessibility issues throughout the entire home. A home repair is for one or two large items. To qualify for this program the homeowner must be at or below 80 percent of the area median income as established by HUD, they must occupy the home, and be current on their property taxes and homeowner's insurance.

The city program is administered by Neighborhood Development Services Inc. located in Ravenna.

Any resident interested in this program should contact NDS by calling 330-297-6400 or visiting www.ndsohio.org. The availability of CHIP funds is limited.

Recycling a must

Per city Ordinance 1997-37, all residential households must participate in the city's system of collection and disposal of recyclable materials.

Each new household is responsible for registering with the Portage County Recycling Center to commence service. Customer service may be reached at 330-678-8808 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.