Summer reading

at Aurora Library

Aurora Memorial Library’s summer reading program for children in kindergarten to fifth grade continues through July 11 on Tuesdays, except for July 4. The session the week of the holiday will be July 5. Programs start at 1:30 p.m.

Participants receive a reading log that will be checked at each weekly session. The sessions will feature a different presenter, including local children’s author Tricia Springstuff on June 27. Others who will appear include a professional mime, magician and stroyteller / origami artist.

Jungle Terry will be o hand for the final session July 11. The Aurora Library Trust provides financial support for most of the programs, but the Friends of the Library is helping out with one weekly program, plus materials such as reading logs and prizes.

Library patrons of all ages are invited to participate in the adult summer reading weekly prize drawings. Fill out an entry slip with name and contact information during each visit and be entered into a weekly drawing through July 8. 

Adults are invited to the library this summer to participate in the 10 Book Challenge. They will be asked to read 10 books between through Sept. 1, and log their reads in a journal, to be included in a $50 Target gift card giveaway. 

Young adults entering grades 6 to 12 can enter a weekly prize drawing each time they read and rate a book, graphic novel, or non-fiction title. Drawings take place Fridays through July 14. All participants who enter all six drawings will receive a prize.

Call 330-562-6502 for more information.

Patrons also are reminded that the bi-monthly Friends of the Library book sales run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sales are not open the entire time the library is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays.


BZA meeting set

The city’s board of zoning appeals will meet tonight (June 14) at 6:30 in Town Hall. Agenda items are side yard setback and separation distance variances for a proposed shed at the Jamie Dillow residence at 1044 Moneta Avenue and side yard setback and height variances for an accessory structure at the Andrew Wolf property at 621 E. Garfield Road.


Post Road to sing

Post Road will perform tonight (June 14) from 6:30 to 8:30 at the city’s summer concert series at Veterans Memorial Park gazebo on Route 82 in front of Barrington Town Square.

Tonight’s concert is sponsored by the Atrium at Anna Maria.Watchers should take chairs and blankets if they wish. In case of threatening weather, call 330-655-6410. If the outdoor venue cannot be used because of the weather, he concert will take place in the Aurora High auditorium. 

For more information, call the parks and recreation department at 330-562-4333.



’17 Aurora paving

will cost $919,844


At its June 12 committee of the whole meeting, Aurora City Council considered a contract with Ronyak Paving ($919,844) for the city’s 2017 asphalt paving program. Service Director John Trew noted there were four bidders.

Trew also outlined a contract with GPD Group ($25,950) for a citywide traffic signal warrant study, which is required so the city can apply for possible AMATS funding.

Council reps discussed a two-year extension of the city’s natural gas opt-in program with Constellation Energy Gas Choice, which would run from Oct. 1, 2017 to Sept. 30, 2019, and the purchase from Klyn Nurseries of various trees ($16,532) for the Hartman tree arboretum.

An ordinance was proposed to pay the Bertram Inn $11,082 for conducting the Tree City USA luncheon there on May 10, and a contract with Gaetano Cement Contractors ($13,565) was discussed for a 1,410-square-foot stamped concrete walkway at Pioneer Park.

Other items discussed included the appointment of Keith Packard to the city’s architectural board of review to replace Derek Stetter, and an HVAC maintenance areement with the K Co. ($13,947) for spring-summer services.

It was noted the city’s agreement with American HVAC was to enter its third year renewal option, but that firm said it was unable to comply because of downsizing of personnel.



Get your lock box

Aurora’s new lock box program still has boxes available for residents. They can contact the Aurora Fire Department to obtain the small secured key box that can be attached to a door and will securely store a house key for emergency situations. 

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

The new program is being offered by the city, and lock boxes can be purchased for $30 from the fire department.

Applications and additional information about the residential lock box program are available on the city website or by calling the fire station at 330-562-7171.


Could lose tax $$ 


At City Council’s June 12 meeting, members supported a resolution opposing proposed amendments in Section 718.02 of Ohio House Bill 49, which would severely reduce the city’s income tax collections.

According to Finance Director Tim Clymer, the proposed provisions would modify municipal income tax codes to reduce the local income tax liability for businesses that distribute goods to destinations outside their base city’s border.

He said Aurora is estimated to experience an annual decrease of $539,191 in income tax revenue if the provisions are approved, with RIOTA member communities losing a total of $9 million to $11 million.


Safety Town time

Aurora’s annual Safety Town sessions are coming up in July. It is a program for youngsters entering kindergarten at Miller School. Dates and times for the sessions are: July 10-13 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; July 17-20 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.; and  July 24-27 and July 31-Aug. 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aurora Police Officer Vicki Yendriga is in charge of the program.


Village fire squad

given a U.S. grant


The Reminderville Fire Department will receive a grant for $13,496 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency.

"We are excited about it," said Mayor Sam Alonso. "We are fortunate to get some sort of grant every year."

The grants are awarded through the Assistance to Firefighters Grants program, according to information provided by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH).

"Ohio firefighters and first-responders work every day to protect our families," said Brown in a June 6 media release. "We must support our first-responder organizations so that communities like Stark and Summit County have the resources to shield families and homes from fire hazards."

The AFG program supports fire departments across the country to ensure the safety of both first-responders and the public.

The program provides funds for supplemental training, upgrades to protective equipment, facility modifications, and other supplies that protect firefighters and first-responders in moments of crisis.

Brush pickup set;

programs offered

Aurora Service Department crews will pick up brush this month from June 20-24. Residents should place brush out by the curb by 7 a.m. on the first day of the collection.

Fence posts, railroad ties, wood pallets, leaves, brush with clumps of roots, thorns, stones, or brush mixed with trash and brush from private contracting work are not accepted.

Residents are reminded they can dispose of audio, stereo equipment, cell phones, computers and associated equipment, copy and fax machines, scanners, telephones, VCR and DVD players, video cameras, video game consoles and wireless devices at 158 W. Pioneer Trail (in the lobby) from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays. No CRT monitors or television sets are accepted.

Leaf compost and wood chip pickup is available for residents at the Aububon Aurora Sanctuary parking lot at 896 E. Pioneer Trail from May through October. A resident must provide his or her own labor and equipment.

The city also offers a cleaning program for residents who have their own private septic systems. Cost is $180 for a cleaning. Information on that program and any of the other service department programs is available at 330-995-9116 weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bake sale coming

Local residents are welcome to satisfy their sweet teeth while contributing to the Alzheimer's Association when the campus of Anna Maria of Aurora will host a bake sale June 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the main entrance of the Anna Maria building at 889 N. Aurora Road.

Organizers say a delicious variety of homemade baked goods will be available. Raffle tickets also will be available for a chance to win a painting $800 value) by local artist Eva Volf. For more information, call 330-562-6171.

Aid to businesses

Aurora has many acres of shovel-ready commercial land sites available for purchase, plus numerous existing retail buildings for lease or purchase.

The mayor, economic and entrepreneurial development director and applicable department directors can meet with business owners to share such existing data to help them in their real estate selection.

For information, contact Economic Development Director Jack Burge at 330-995-8867 or or Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin at 330-995-9123.

Marshal selection

The city of Aurora will soon name its grand marshal for the July 4 parade. Nominations have been turned in by residents over the past several weeks, and city officials are reviewing them and will pick the lucky person soon. The Advocate hopes to feature the person chosen prior to the holiday.