Aurora will pay $264,119 to purchase and install streetlights

AURORA – The city is preparing to install 12 decorative streetlights in the downtown historic district to complement those previously installed along Route 306.

City Council awarded two contracts for the Route 43 lighting initiative at its November 7 meeting. One was to Ohio Traffic and Lighting Solutions Inc. of Columbus ($54,240) for the poles and the other was to Perram Electric Inc. of Wadsworth ($109,879) for the installation.

Contrary to the lawyer’s report in the November 2 edition that the purchase of the poles from another company was accepted at the October 24 Council meeting, this item was in fact removed from the order. of the day of this session.

The Sternberg Decorative Posts are made of a black textured material and will be installed along Route 43 from Pioneer Trail to Aurora Cemetery. Two offers were received for the installation.

Service manager Harry Stark said the 12 streetlights will be identical to those installed along Route 306. There is a 10 to 12 week lead time for the streetlights to arrive. Thus, Stark said that the installation will take place in the new year.

Meanwhile, the Board awarded a contract to Biss Nuss Inc. ($227,425) to manufacture a mechanical screen and screw compactor at the Westerly Wastewater Treatment Plant. The firm’s offer was the only one received.

Stark said it would take six to eight months to make the screen and compactor, and the city is soliciting bids for similar items for the central sewage plant.

A contract valued at $46,083 has been awarded to Hall Public Safety Upfitters to purchase equipment for three new police cars. Installation is included.

Council confirmed the Mayor’s appointments of the following: David Kall to the Audit Committee until December 31, 2024, Jeff Austin to the Planning Commission until December 31, 2026, Jeff Iammarino to the Zoning Appeals Commission until December 31, 2026, Dennis Mervis and James Fisher on the Earned Income Tax Review Board until December 31, 2024, and Timothy Holder on the Historical Board until December 31, 2025.

The Council has approved the sale of two pieces of Parks and Recreation Department equipment – a zero-turn mower and a walk-behind lawn applicator – through govdeals.com.

The hiring of Dora Gamez as an office worker in the planning-zoning-building department has been approved. And William Lovell, who completed the required initial training and orientation, transferred to the standard fire/paramedic rate of pay.

Council approved increases to various city-assessed fees effective January 1, 2023. The rates are set out in various chapters of the consolidated ordinances covering sanitary sewer, water, cemetery and subdivision/site development.

An order transferring funds from the None Under-21 Police Department to the Portage County Health District passed second reading. The funds total $23,427, of which $17,500 had been budgeted. An additional $5,927 would close the fund.

Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin explained that due to the upcoming retirement of Officer Vicki Yendriga, the fund will be closed and the health district will become a trustee and assume responsibility for managing the account.

Also on to the next readings to eliminate four Motorola mobile radios, a 2010 Horton/International ambulance that has traveled approximately 132,286 miles and approximately 100 traffic lights.

The money received for the ambulance will be used for the future purchase of an ambulance, while the elimination of signals is the result of recent improvements in city-wide signage. All items will be auctioned on govdeals.com.

The mayor announced a Veterans Day program to be held Nov. 11 at Veterans Memorial Park, city offices will be closed Nov. 24-25, the annual Turkey Trot will be held Nov. 24, the The holiday tree lighting will take place on November 26 and Breakfast with Santa is on December 3, with two seats scheduled.

She noted that information about upcoming events is available on the city’s website or by calling the parks and recreation department at 330-562-4333.

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