Storage OK’d; city

studying projects

At its March 15 meeting, the city’s planning commission approved a preliminary site plan for additional storage buildings at Security Self-Storage on South Chillicothe Road.

The company plans two new single-story, climate-controlled buildings consisting of 14,400 square feet and 5,600 square feet. There currently is 72,800 square feet of building area. 

Norman Kotoch of Norcon Ltd., the applicant’s representative, noted the climate-controlled units are at 100 percent capacity, and the demand right now is for more such space. Once the new buildings are constructed, there would no longer be room for outdoor storage.

In other matters, the panel accepted for study preliminary and final site plans for a parking lot expansion at RoviSys Co. on Campus Drive and a 10,000-square-foot addition to R.P. Gatta on Gentry Drive. The RoviSys plan calls for 25 additional parking spaces for new hires.

Panelists also forwarded a positive recommendation to City Council for approval of  a revised final plate for the Hawkin subdivision on East Mennonite Road. The revision would allow 31 sublots and 7.2 acres of open space, as compared to the previously approved 28 sublots.

Finally, the panel forwarded a positive recommendation to City Council to grant a conditional zoning certificate  and approve a development plan for Liberty Ford’s new dealership at  Route 43 and Squires Road.


City’s in 25th year

as a Tree City USA

Aurora has been named a 2016 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management, and has received a Growth Award for demonstrating environmental improvement and higher level of tree care.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

In addition, this year Aurora will celebrate its 25th year with the Tree City designation, and last March the Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced that Aurora was officially chosen to host the 2017 Tree City USA ceremony.

The event, scheduled for May 10 at  the Bertram Inn, is expected to draw more than 200 representatives from cities across Northeast Ohio.

"Aurora is proud to be recognized as a Tree City USA for 25 years," said Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin. "We take pride in promoting planting, maintenance and preservation of trees throughout our beautiful community."


Lockbox program

offered residents

Aurora is offering a lockbox program to residents. A residential lockbox is a small secured key box that is attached to a door and securely stores a house key for emergency situations. 

The lock box will only be accessible by the fire and police departments, and will allow emergency personnel to access a residence in an emergency without damaging doors and windows.

"This is a useful program for everyone to consider," said Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin. "It gives quick access without destroying property in emergency situations."

The new program is offered through the fire department, where the lockboxes can be purchased for $30. Once a box is purchased, a representative of the fire department will contact the resident to schedule installation.

"Emergency contact information also will be collected," said Fire Chief David Barnes. "The information will be gathered during installation and will be accessible by city dispatchers and other safety personnel so that we can better serve residents during personal emergencies."

Applications and additional information about the lockbox program are available at or by calling the fire station at 330-562-7171.


Yendriga receives

prestigious award

Aurora police officer Vickie Yendriga was recently presented with the prestigious Michael Blankenship Award at the annual Ohio Crime Prevention Association conference in Dublin.  The award is given to those who work to build a crime-free society and safer communities through crime prevention programs.

The award was established in honor of fallen Ohio State University police officer Michael Blankenship, who was well known for his crime reducing efforts in Columbus.

Yendriga, a 27-year veteran of the Aurora Police Department, is the city’s crime prevention officer. She joined the department in January 1990, and took on the responsibilities of Aurora’s Safety Town and D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) instructor in the Aurora schools.

She’s also led or assisted with many police associated programs and events, including the bike rodeo, Shop with a Cop, schools’ career day and kindergarten registration and None 4 under 21.

In an effort to further her education, she joined the Ohio Crime Prevention Association, and went on to serve as a board member and president.

"Officer Yendriga has been instrumental in educating the children of Aurora as well as surrounding communities," Police Chief Brian Byard noted. "She is very deserving of Ohio Crime Prevention’s top honor."

Byard and several Aurora police staffers attended the ceremony.

Day camp offered

Registration is under way for the Reminderville Athletic Club's summer day camp. The club will offer five two-week sessions filled with a variety of activities, swimming and field trips. Before and after child care also will be available.

Registration is possible during normal business hours until all spots are filled. A full brochure is available at the RAC and online at

Also, Reminderville's Easter egg scramble will include 5K and 1-mile runs April 15 starting and ending at the RAC. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. with race time at 8:30. Sign up now at the RAC or at For additional information, contact the RAC at 234-212-9773.

Vehicles are eyed;

incentives mulled

At its March 27 committee of the whole meeting, Aurora City Council discussed a handful of purchases.

Included are two Ford F-150 pickup trucks from Park Ford for $27,069 each and a cab-chassis from Rush Truck Centers for $77,833, both for the service department; and 20 Dell desktop computers from Brown Enterprise Solutions for $15,486.

City Council reps also discussed the last payment of $25,183 in a four-year payment plan to cover the cost of Sundance Systems' CAD/RMS program which is in use at the police department.

Council also talked about the tax incentive review committee's recommendation for this year. Finance Director Tim Clymer said Eaton Corp.'s abatement would be terminated since the company no longer operates in its Aurora location, and Network Technology's enterprise zone abatement has expired.

The committee recommended to continue 12 abatements in CRA 1, 16 in CRA 2 and six in CRA 3. All 2017 abatement reports must be filed with the Ohio Department of Development by March 31.

Book club meets

Aurora Memorial Library's parent and child book club will meet April 8 at 1 p.m. to discuss "Honey" by Sarah Weeks. It tells the story of a girl who seeks to discover the object of her widowed father's affections and discovers new things about herself and the mother she never knew.

The parent and child book club is for children ages 8 to 12 accompanied by an adult. It meets monthly during the school year. New members are always welcome. For information on the club or other library activities, call 330-562-6502 or visit