AURORA – After Council approval Oct. 14, the city will make final applications for Ohio Public Works Commission grants/loans for East Pioneer Trail water line replacement and road resurfacing projects and forced main sewer line work on Lena Drive.

Council also awarded a contract worth $38,325 to GPD Group for additional design work associated with the East Pioneer Trail projects. That entire road will be repaved, except for a small area near Route 43 which was widened earlier this year, and sidewalks will be added between Willard and New Hudson roads.

For the East Pioneer water line work, the city will seek a $664,600 OPWC grant and $150,000 from an OPWC loan, with the city being responsible for $815,400 as its contribution.

Service Director Harry Stark said the estimated $1.6 million water line project has not been recommended for state funding, but the city could receive all or part of the grant/loan if state money is left over after projects in other communities are funded.

For the resurfacing work, which would be done after the water line is completed, the city will seek a grant of $154,700 and a loan of $154,600 while being responsible for $309,400 as the local match.

The allocation request for the Lena Drive project is for $48,800 in grant money, a $150,000 loan and a local match of $224,700. Stark said the resurfacing and Lena projects have been recommended for funding.

The loans currently are at zero percent interest. According to the legislation, the allocations for all three applications were figured through formulas to get the highest points for better scoring and potential funding of the projects.

OTHER BUSINESS

Council awarded a $25,650 contract to Advanced Excavating for demolition of three nuisance structures at 1077-1089 N. Aurora Road. Planning-Zoning-Building Director Denise Januska said there have been a lot of problems such as vandalism around the structures in recent years.

Januska said the property owners, who also own the adjacent Hakka Wok restaurant, have signed a promissory note for $28,050 to cover the city’s demolition expenses, including $2,400 for an already completed asbestos survey.

Three other contracts/purchases were approved, including one to train 13 service department employees so they can obtain their CDL Class A driver’s licenses. Beverly McCleery will provide the training for $16,250. Stark said that will boost the city’s total of Class A drivers to 18.

An aluminum flat bed and snowplow for a new Ford F350 cab and chassis will be purchased from Best Truck for $11,741, with the new truck replacing a 1999 model.

H&H Land Clearing will provide initial and secondary grinding of brush collected during monthly city brush pickups. Cost will be $525 per hour. City employees will move debris to and from the tub grinder.

Council accepted the rates and amounts of 2020 tax levies as determined by the Portage County Budget Commission.

Members also confirmed the mayor’s appointment of Kevin Krane as a regular member of the Board of Zoning Appeals. He has been an alternate, but will replace Steven Greenberger, who will become the alternate. Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin explained the two switched positions to accommodate their schedules.

Womer Benjamin announced the dedication of the former Aurora Golf Club property, now part of the city’s parkland, as Paddock Preserve was to take place Oct. 21. The preserve is named after Harold "Pappy" Paddock Sr., who was an early owner of the golf course and a well-known golf course architect.

The mayor also announced treat-or-treating in the city will be Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.

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