AURORA — Projects for which building permits were issued in March were valued at $2.25 million, according to figures from Ruth Dennison of the city’s planning-zoning-building department.
There was only one commercial project — interior alterations to restrooms at Karate Studio — which was valued at $8,500. There were no industrial projects, while residential projects were valued at $2.24 million.
Residential projects included seven single-family homes, three additions, nine alterations, one garage, seven decks, two utility buildings and a demo’ed sunroom.
The city granted 67 licenses, including 51 for general work, nine for electrical, four for heating-air conditioning and three for plumbing.
Building department revenue included $21,527 for building permits, $6,700 for licenses, $3,150 for miscellaneous, $6,650 from impact fees, $234 from state fees, $7,700 from completion deposits and $70,000 from topography deposits for a total of $115,962.
City employees made 546 residential and 77 commercial-industrial inspections in March.
Meanwhile, Police Chief Brian Byard reported seven Part I — the most serious — offenses were handled by officers in March, including six thefts and one assault.
Other offenses included fraud-identity theft and domestic disputes (five incidents each), disorderly conduct (two) and vandalism, physical domestic violence, suicide threat and missing juvenile (one each).
Officers filed 99 reports, and handled 434 traffic-related tasks, 137 criminal type calls and 760 service-related duties for a total of 1,331 tasks.
Officers investigated 16 traffic accidents, five of which involved injuries, plus eight accidents on private property.
There were 23 adult criminal arrests, with 11 being warrants served. Officers issued 160 traffic citations, the most being for speed (68), while 16 were for driving under suspension and 10 were for ignoring a traffic control device.
Officers made 160 total traffic stops and issued no parking citations. Five juveniles were cited for traffic violations.
Fire Chief David Barnes reported his crews responded to 48 fire alarms and 168 rescue calls and made 62 fire prevention inspections. Fire loss amounted to $10,000.
Weakness was the main reason for rescue calls, with 20 incidents logged, Respiratory distress accounted for eight calls, chest and back pain for seven each, and facial injuries, stroke and cardiac arrhythmia for five each.
Crews made 57 trips to Cleveland Clinic-Twinsburg, 22 each to University Hospitals-Ahuja and Cleveland Clinic-Hillcrest, 19 to UH-Twinsburg, seven to UH-Portage and two to Cleveland Clinic-Southpointe.
During fire prevention checks, some hazards found were fire extinguishers, fire alarm systems and sprinklers out of service date, fire extinguished not installed in an approved position, lack of emergency lighting, aisles and exit doors blocked, improper exit door locks, missing electrical covers, misuse of power strips and too many extension cords in a socket.
The service department reported cemetery receipts for March totaled $4,116, the largest monthly amount so far in 2019. The breakdown is $1,477 for sale of lots, $1m,620 for vault interments, $492 for perpetual care, $312 for interment and $215 for foundations.
Contractors collected 415 tons of trash and 97 tons of recyclables, a ratio of 81 percent to 19 percent. The recyclables total was the lowest in the first three months of 2019.
Reporter Ken Lahmers can be reached at 330-541-9400, ext. 4189 or firstname.lastname@example.org.