Aurora City Council meets on Feb. 13, 2023. Lee Lundblad/The Portager
Spring and summer bring out the orange barrels everywhere. In Aurora, you’ll see them around city streets recently paved and coated with an asphalt rejuvenating agent.
The company Pavement Technologies, through ODOT, did the job at a cost of $96,743.
Harry Stark, Aurora’s director of public services, said the sealant helps roads that have significant tree coverage resolve moisture faster. The roads were chosen with an eye to the amount of foliage covering them, and Stark predicted the sealant should last three to five years.
Targeted roads are Eldridge Road from Shawnee Trail to the cul-de-sac, Winchell Road from Parker Road to the city line, Chelmsford Drive from Chatham Drive to the end, Chatham Drive from South Chillicothe Road to the cul-de-sac, East Boulevard from Maryland Street to North Aurora Road, Trails End from New Hudson Road to the end, Ben Shaw Road from Willard Road to the end, and Cedar Bark Drive from Eggleston Road to the end.
Work is expected to be completed this summer.
City cleanup is May 6
Aurora’s citywide cleanup day is set for the morning of Saturday, May 6. The city partners with the Rotary Club of Aurora/Aurora Interact, the Aurora Police Department and Aurora City Schools for this event. Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin told council members that volunteers are still needed for the cleanup.
Youths under 14 who volunteer must be accompanied by a parent. Volunteers should dress appropriately for the job and the weather, bring a water bottle and plan to meet at the Aurora High School parking lot at 7:30 a.m. From there, they will be taken to locations that need sprucing up.
Anyone wishing to donate their time and energy should contact Alex Libertucci, community relations director with the Aurora Police Department, at 330-562-8181 or email [email protected].
Athletes and fans at Sunny Lake Park won’t be straining their eyes so much thanks to new lights at Ballfields 12 and 13. City council unanimously approved $26,950 at its April 24 meeting to replace the 25-year-old lights. Installation should be complete this season. Laura Holman, the city’s parks and recreation director, told council members that she hopes the new lights will last as long as the old ones.
Aurora will observe the National Day of Prayer at noon Thursday, May 4 at the Bicentennial Park gazebo. No details were announced.
Womer Benjamin recently swore in Anthony Bower as the APD’s newest officer.
Fast-tracking legislation is common enough, but Aurora City Council chose not to on this one: It took the usual three-reading process to confirm the mayor’s reappointment of Marge Bjerregaard to PARTA’s board of trustees.