Aurora seeks to renew 1.5-mill fire/paramedic levy

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Aurora voters likely will see a five-year, 1.5-mill fire/paramedic renewal levy on the May 3 primary election ballot to continue financing fire department operations.

Council on Jan. 10 approved asking the Portage County auditor to provide a certified amount which would be collected from the renewal. Finance Director Tim Clymer said the levy currently brings in $957,765 per year.

A second piece of legislation must be approved at Council’s Jan. 24 meeting to meet the Feb. 2 deadline for placement on the May ballot.

In other action, George Horvat was re-elected council president and Dennis Kovach was elected vice president.

Peter French will take over as council’s representative to the planning commission, while Kathi Grandillo will be chairman of the committee of the whole and John Kudley will be vice chairman.

Other council members are Harold Hatridge, Reva Barner, Scott Wolf and Brad Duguay. The latter is the newest member, having defeated longtime Ward 1 Councilman Jim Vaca in November.

Serving in other capacities are: Audit committee and firemen’s dependency board – Horvat and Kovach; recreation advisory board – Hatridge; landmark commission – Kudley; tree commission – French.

Treasury investment board – Horvat and Wolf; economic and entrepreneurial development board – Horvat; Aurora schools liaison – Barner; library liaison – Kudley; and Chamber of Commerce Liaison – Duguay with Grandillo as alternate.

All city department heads will remain the same after council confirmed their reappointments by the mayor.

They are: David Barnes, fire chief; Brian Byard, police chief; Tim Clymer, finance director; Dean DePiero, law director; Laura Holman, parks-rec director; Denise Januska, planning-zoning-building director; Harry Stark, service director; and Karen Pope, personnel director/chief of staff.


Council renewed the city’s information technology managed services contract with LTech Solutions at $144,000 annually for 36 months, the same rate it has paid since 2019.

Members also renewed the contract with plans examiner Jeffery Skapin. The pact is the same as last year except for a $2 per hour increase per plan review (a total of $82). All commercial plan review fees are included in the price of building permits paid for by applicants.

A contract worth $30,000 with Envision Group LLC to prepare the 2023 master plan update went to second reading. The charter requires an update every five years, and the firm was the consultant for the last update. The city received four proposals ranging from $30,000 to $65,000.

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