AURORA – City Council approved spending more than $4 million for water line and culvert replacements, the 2020 road repaving program, recreational upgrades, an 8-ton dump truck and its outfitting for snow and ice removal and other items.

The approvals took place at Council’s March 23 meeting, the first ever to be live streamed on the city’s website. The live streaming was a way of limiting a large gathering of people at Town Hall to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The biggest single expenditure will be the water line replacement along East Pioneer Trail and Eldridge and New Hudson roads. A contract was awarded to Catts Construction of Bedford at a cost of $2.54 million. An Ohio Public Works Commission grant is forthcoming for $309,300 of the road repaving portion of the project.

Service Director Harry Stark said because the city’s rights-of-way in the project area are wide, no easements from property owners will be needed. He said plans are to start the project after July 1.

The road repaving projects will cost $1.06 million, with Chagrin Valley Paving submitting the best bid of six received.

Culverts will be replaced on East Pioneer Trail near Page Road, West Mennonite Road/Brookfield Drive and Aurora Lake Road/Cherry Park Oval. Grade Line Inc., Fabrizi Trucking & Paving and Cavanaugh Building Corp. were awarded the respective contracts at $207,069, $38,750 and $29,800, respectively.

Council OK’d purchasing a 24-by-36-foot Enwood pavilion for the Hartman Athletic Complex from DWA Recreation at a cost of $29,495, and awarded an engineering contract worth $38,000 to Environmental Design Group for a splash pad at Kiwanis-Moore Playground.

The 8-ton International cab and chassis will be purchased from Rush Truck Centers for $84,070 and the vehicle’s snow and ice removal package will be provided by Gledhill Road Machinery for $91,273.

Council also OK’d purchasing four 2020 trucks from Montrose Ford – an F350 for $29,162, an F250 for $31,587, an F150 for $30,156 and an F550 for $43,757. The trucks are for the service department, and the prices reflect trade-ins of four used trucks.


Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin was authorized to enter into a one-year contract with Cityworks ($25,200) for purchase of tracking and asset management software for the service department to comply with EPA mandates, and Council OK’d a contract through 2022 with National Driver Training School not to exceed $120,000 to provide driver’s education classes.

Council amended a contract with TMS Engineers Inc. to reflect a $4,500 increase for revised construction documents for the citywide traffic signalization project. The total contract amount will not exceed $547,500. Four easements for the signalization project and a storm sewer were accepted.

Contracts also were awarded to H.R. Gray & Associates ($65,000), Environmental Design Group ($30,000) and Wertz Geotechniucal Engineering ($30,000) for back-up engineering, construction and inspection services to avoid delays in various construction projects.

Council authorized an agreement with Neighborhood Development Services for administration of the Revolving Loan Fund home repair program and appropriated $185,000 from the CHIP RLF fund.

It also accepted for dedication the water and sanitary sewer lines on Hawkin Lane off East Mennonite Road, and granted a conditional zoning certificate to Breezy Point Limited Partnership for a multi-family development on the east side of North Aurora Road between the Barrington swim/tennis club and the Atrium at Anna Maria.

The following new hires were confirmed: Full-time Police Officer Nicholas Asimakopoulas, full-time firefighter/paramedic August Weir and engineering co-op Eliyas Ali.

Finally, Council authorized the mayor to settle a lawsuit filed by Helen Whitted. Law Director Dean DePiero said the city’s insurance company will pick up the tab, and no city money will be expended.

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