Aurora Town Hall to get new windows; set of road works

AURORA – The city is moving forward with the purchase of new windows for City Hall as well as the milling/repaving of Ben Shaw Road and the patching of cracks on several streets.

City Council took action on these and a handful of others at its September 12 meeting.

The new windows will be purchased from Akron Windows for $47,810. Service manager Harry Stark said the city requested prices from several vendors, but only two companies provided quotes due to the complex nature of the windows.

Meanwhile, Ronyak Paving’s contract for road paving this year has been increased by $108,000 to allow for the milling, repairs and repaving of Ben Shaw Road, which Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin said was in a deteriorated condition.

The Board also awarded a contract to Asphalt Fabrics and Specialties worth $25,370 to patch cracks on Sycamore Drive, Cranberry and Walnut Ridge Trails, Rock Creek Drive, Normandy Court and West Parkway.

OTHER APPROVALS

The council amended its community reinvestment area agreement with C. Realty LLC to reflect an increase in size from 65,000 to 130,000 square feet for K&M Tire’s new warehouse on Francis D. Kenneth Drive.

The reduction will remain at 100% for 15 years. The original deal was approved by the Board in April. The warehouse is expected to create approximately 26 new jobs in the city.

The board approved the 2023 renewal of the general scope of engineering services for the Ohio Department of Transportation’s bridge inspection program. The state will pay 100% of the cost of bridge inspections requested by the city.

Stark said ODOT will seek additional funds to renew the program after 2023, and if funds are available, the city will be notified and Council must approve future renewal.

The employment or compensation changes of the following municipal workers have been approved: Christine Gruttadauria, Planning-Zoning-Building Administrative Assistant; Lea Harman, secretary/clerk II; Jared Storer, Service Technician II; Willian Lovell, firefighter/EMT; and Kristine Crasi, part-time floating office worker.

Gruttadauria replaces Marie Lawrie, who assumed the duties of council clerk following the retirement of Donna Hawks. Lawrie was sworn in during the Council session.

An additional $3,440 modification order with DuraMark Inc. was also approved for the street strips needed due to outdated specifications from the original contract awarded in 2020.

OTHER BUSINESSA number of orders and resolutions have gone to their next reading, including a three-year contract with Right Stuff Software for the police department’s scheduling and payroll software. The cost is $8,300 per year.

The architectural design portfolio for the new Bertram Inn condominiums will be on Council’s agenda on September 26, as will clarifications to an order regarding public meetings by teleconference and/or videoconference.

Other items in progress are a conditional comparable use zoning certificate for the Hanes Properties building on Routes 306 and 82, agreeing to the amounts and rates determined by the Portage County Budget Commission and authorizing the necessary tax levies to 2023, the disposal of surplus municipal property via online auctions, and the addition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a recognized holiday.

After discussion in Committee of the Whole, Council moved three items forward to the September 26 agenda for first reading.

These are the renewal of a lease of the city-owned Miller property on Page Road with Karen Stacko and Thomas Maracz for $1,250 per month; a change order for an additional $3,200 with Burgess & Niple for the Chandler Drive and Chandler Lane water main replacement design work; and a new formula for local government funds distributed by Portage County.

Womer Benjamin reminded residents that the town’s annual fall festival will be held Oct. 1 at Sunny Lake Park. The shredding of documents will take place on October 15.

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