City eyeing funds

for signal revamp

At its June 26 session, Aurora City Council authorized applying for Federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality funds to improve the citywide traffic signal system.

The estimate for the proposed improvements has now been set at $4.9 million, with the funding source being 80 percent federal and 20 percent local. It now will consists of 17 signalized intersections.

Service Director John Trew said the city proposes to reuse existing infrastructure at five intersections, while the remaining 12 will require full reconstruction because they are older span-wire installations.

In addition to the intersection upgrades, new fiber-optic interconnect will be installed to establish communications between all traffic signals and allow for enhanced monitoring and additional timing coordination.

Audit is finished;

contracts mulled

At City Council's June 26 meeting, Finance Director Tim Clymer reported the 2016 city audit has been completd by an independent accounting firm and the report has been submitted to the Ohio auditor's office for review.

He noted the city anticipates no citations of management report comments.

Meanwhile, Clymer said city fund balances remain in a healthy position with $29.58 million unencumbered in all funds and $10 million unencumbered in the general fund. However, he added income tax revenue is $71,614 below the same time last year.

At Council's committee of the whole meeting, Service Director John Trew proposed a contract with Agri-Sludge Inc. for $24,350 to replace a belt press conveyer at the Westerly wastewater treatment plant.

He also said the Shelly Co. submitted the best bid for 2017 delivery and / or pickup of crushed limestone, washed gravel and other materials.

Police Chief Brian Byard asked for an additional $2,000 appropriation to cover the cost of a National Night Out on Aug. 1, plus Safety Town and this fall's trick or treat night.

Appetizer contest

coming to library

Teens and tweens who like to cook are invited to a "build a better appetizer" contest July 19 at 4:30 p.m. at Aurora Memorial Library.

Participants are asked to prepare an appetizer to share, and the recipe should be one of their own creations or an existing recipe they have altered for the program.

They must use zucchini, shallots and red pepper in their recipes, and each participant should bring a copy of the recipe they followed. Prizes will be awarded for the best tasting, best presentation and most original appetizer.

Registration for the program is preferred and can be made in person or by calling the library at 330-562-6502.

The library is open Mondays to Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Landmark panel approves project

At a special meeting May 25, the city's landmark commission approved issuing a certificate of appropriateness for a 2,596-square-foot storage barn at Douglas Scherma's property at 152 N. Bissell Road.

The barn will be less than 25 feet high and located 250 feet from the road. The Schermas purchased the historical home three years ago, and the barn will replace a 404-square-foot shed. At a previous meeting, the applicant was advised to look at barns in the area and use them as a guide to add period-appropriate features to his plans.

The revised drawings included metal batten wall siding, carriage-style overhead doors, two working barn doors on tracks (12-feet wide), a pulley, metal roof and cupola. Most members of the landmark panel favored the cupola being centered on the structure, and the applicant agreed.

Color and material samples were passed around, and the color chili powder red was favored. Panel architectural adviser Ron Lowe thanked Scherma for taking suggestions from the panel and incorporating details into his project.

Libraries closed for Independence Day

All Portage County District Library branch libraries and offices will be closed July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Service hours will resume July 5.

Although libraries will be closed, the digital library is always open. Using a PCDL card, visit for a selection of digital content, including movies, TV shows, music, eBooks, audiobooks and magazines.

Portage's courthouses, offices closed

Portage County's administrative offices and courthouses in Ravenna and Kent will be closed on July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. The offices and courthouses will reopen on July 5 for normal business hours.

Events slated at village's athletic club

Special events are coming up at the Reminderville Athletic Club this summer and fall. The RAC is hosting a health and wellness fair Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that will include information tables, demonstrations, screenings and more.

If interested in renting a vendor booth, contact Colleen Martin at 234-212-9773 or The event will be free to the public.

The RAC will host a holiday craft fair Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and crafters are needed. If interested and for more information, contact Martin.

City offering rides to senior residents

The city of Aurora provides transportation for Aurora citizens who are at least 65 years old and adults with disabilities who live in their own homes, condos or apartments.

Rides are available for medical appointments, except following a surgical procedure, routine errands and senior 3events at the Walker Building.

An application must be filled out and returned before anyone is eligible for the program. Rides are available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., except on holidays when city offices are closed. To register, call the city's transportation program at 330-995-8995. The program is free for locations in Aurora, but there are fees for greater distances.