Sol Summer Party

set at Inn Walden

Inn Walden in Aurora will open its grounds to the public July 28-29 for the inaugural Sol Summer Party, celebrating the Lido de Paris, which launched the legendary cabaret art form.

On July 28 from 6 to 9 p.m., the Sol Summer Party presents the Floorshow's Criminal Fashion Exhibit, a multimedia event featuring dancers, photography, art and uahtentic stage costumes, plus a filmed tribute to master costume designers Bob Mackie, Folco, Pete Menefee, Jose Luis Vinas and Pierre Rambert.

Guest artists include Jack Failla, Jason Reddock andMiranda Coe, and professional dancers will join the festivities. The same show will play against July 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets cost $100.

On July 29 from noon to 5 p.m., the party continues in a picnic-styled setting with a showcase of original music videos and short films, including a live music ensemble to keep the party grooving.

Professional dancers also will join these festivities in a special performance. Showcase times are 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m., with tickets costing $50.

To purchase tickets for either day, visit

City's audit good;

WC cash received

At the July 17 Aurora City Council meeting, Finance Director Tim Clymer reportded the 2016 financial audit has been certified by the Ohio auditor and contains no citations or management report comments.

"This successful audit can be attributed to the persistent work of the administration, city employees and Council," said Clymer.

He also reported the city recently received a payment of $105,366 from the Bureau of Workers Compensation as a result of the Third Billion Back rebate program. The rebate was not anticipated in the budget and will be deposited primarily into the general fund.

Clymer said fund balances remain in a healthy position with $28.68 million unencumbered in all funds and $10.14 million unencumbered in the general fund. Income tax collections are running $156,058 above the same point last year.

Split of lot is OK'd;

building reviewed

At its July 5 meeting, the city's planning commission approved a minor subdivision / lot split for Geis Construction and accepted for study the final site plan for a new industrial building there.

The present parcel is 24.8 acres, and Geis received approval to divide it into 14.7-acre and 10.1-acre parcels. A 148,750-square-foot building for Trelleborg Engineered Systems would go on the larger parcel. Another large building may be erected in the future.

The planning panel approved a preliminary site plan at its June 21 meeting. Trelleborg plans to consolidate two existing facilities in Aurora and one in Streetsboro at the new site on Lena Drive.

Geis also is seeking approval of a parking exception, which would allow 142 parking spaces instead of the required 199 spaces.

The panel also accepted for study the final plat of Phase I of Pulte Homes' proposed Glenridge Chase subdivision at 1060-1120 S. Chillicothe Road.

The new 25-acre subdivision is on the west side of South Chillicothe Road across from Aurora Industrial Parkway. The property was granted a residential conservation development conditional zoning certificate in 2008.

Jason Miller of Pulte Homes said Phase 1 consists of 7.5 acres and includes 32 single-family lots. A preliminary plan was approved in January 2016.

Planning-Zoning-Building Director Denise Januska said a traffic impact study has been submitted to the city engineer for review and the panel will get a copy of it after his review.

Drive Aurora tour

scheduled July 22

Aurora Chamber of Commerce's annual Drive-It-Yourself Tour will take place July 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., so residents can learn more about Aurora and surrounding area businesses.

Tour stops will offer activities, freebies and discounts. A grand finale with live music and a drawing for prizes will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. at Aurora Farms Premium Outlets' gazebo.

Residents who complete a required number of stops can turn in their map at the outlets to have a chance at prizes. Completed tour maps must be turned in and validated by 3:30 p.m. to qualify, and the winners must be present.

Maps will be available at the Chamber of Commerce office and by emailing or calling the Chamber at 330-562-335.

City projects cost

is about $410,000

At City Council's committee of the whole session July 17, members discussed awarding contracts for three projects.

B &J Electric of Poland wasthe best bidder for a gaseous emergency engine generator and appurtenances at the Aurora Road booster station. Service Director John Trew said seven companies submitted bids, with $336,078 being the lowest and best.

Rudzik Excavating was the best of seven bidders for an Eldridge Road culvert replacement project at a cost of $330,600. It will involve removal of 75 feet of existing culvert and installing a box culvert, asphalt pavement, guardrail and water / sewer line.

Delta Industrial Co. was the best bidder for painting 473 fire hydrants around the city. It will do the work at a cost of $95 per hydrant, which amounts to a total of about $45,000.

Council reps also discussed the submission of delinquent utility billing accounts to the Portage County auditor for inclusion on property owners' tax bills. The total amount to be certified is $11,235 and includes an 8 percent surcharge on each assessment to recover county fees associated with collection.

City meeting is off

Because of a lack of business, tonight's (July 19) city planning commission meeting has been called off.

Residents are reminded that a public input session is planned July 25 at 6 p.m. at the Walker Building by the city's master plan review commission. Residents will be able to give their opinions about future planning in the city.

The civil service commission will meet July 26 at 6:30 p.m., while the architectural board of review will gather July 27 at 6:30, both in Town Hall.

Brush pickup set

The city's next brush collection will begin July 24 and residents are asked to set any brush out on the curb in front of their houses by 7 a.m. that day. Crews will circulate around town during the week to pick up the brush.

Brush is picked up from residential-developed lots only with existing homes, excluding private developments, condominiums, apartment complexe and any other commercial properties.

Privately hired contractors (i.e., landscapers, tree trimmers) must dispose of brush without the benefit of this program. For more information, visit the city's website at and look under "service department."