AURORA — Interior alterations worth $3 million at Piping Rock Health Products in the southern industrial zone contributed to the $6.55 million value of building permits issued by the city in April.

It was the only industrial permit issued. A commercial permit for a front stoop at ThornCreek Winery and Gardens on Treat Road valued at $50,000 also was issued.

Residential construction was valued at $3.5 million and included 11 single-family homes, three additions, eight alterations, one garage and six decks.

The city’s building department also issued 63 licenses in April, including 51 for general work, six for electrical and three each for heating-air conditioning and plumbing. 

April’s building department revenue was $57,553 from building permits, $6,300 from licenses, $5,474 for miscellaneous, $10,450 in impact fees, $1,137 in state fees, $8,200 from completion deposits and $110,000 from topography deposits for a total of $199,114.

City employees conducted 699 residential and 56 commercial-industrial inspections.

Meanwhile, Police Chief Brian Byard reported 13 Part I - the most serious — offenses were reported in April, all of them being thefts.

Other offenses included fraud-identity thefts and domestic disputes (four incidents each), suicide attempt or threat (three) and drug abuse and disorderly conduct (one each). 

Officers filed 106 reports, and handled 342 traffic-related tasks, 155 criminal type calls and 688 service-related duties. Out of 14 traffic accidents, only one involved an injury.There were eight accidents on private property.

Twenty-two adults were charged with criminal activity, including two for thefts. Officers arrested 10 people on warrants. Ninety-two traffic citations were issued to adults, with speeding being the most common violation.

Officers made 233 traffic stops. Two juveniles were determined to be unruly and two were cited for traffic violations, with all cases going to juvenile court.

Fire Chief David Barnes reported his crews responded to 147 emergency medical calls and 52 non-EMS calls, and made 29 fire prevention inspections in April. There was no fire loss.

Crews made 36 trips to Cleveland Clinic-Twinsburg, 21 each to University Hospitals-Ahuja and Cleveland Clinic-Hillcrest, 11 to UH-Portage, nine to UH-Twinsburg, three to Cleveland Clinic-South Pointe and one to UH-Geauga.

Weakness was the main reason for rescue calls (22 incidents), followed by abdominal pain and cardiac arrhythmia (seven each), stroke (six), altered mental status (five) and chest pain, respiratory distress, angina and acute pain (four each).

During fire prevention inspections, hazards found included fire extinguishers out of date, extinguishers not installed in an approved location, exit signs not illuminated or backup power not functional, emergency lighting not working and exit doors blocked.

The service department reported cemetery receipts in April were $2,530, including $1,488 from sales of lots, $545 for vault interments and $496 for perpetual care.

Contractors collected 573 tons of trash and 123 tons of recyclables, an 82 percent to 18 percent ratio. The total tonnage was the highest in the first four months of 2019.

Reporter Ken Lahmers can be reached at 330-541-9400, ext. 4189 or