Message from Mayor
Donnie Hastings, Jr.

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Aurora is a historic river town that is situated 35 miles west of Cincinnati, Ohio, located in the Southeast corner of Indiana. Aurora was settled in the early 1800's and incorporated in 1845 and has strong historic connections to the Ohio River. Aurora is full of unique and historic buildings that preserve its older rivercity characteristics.

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Rumpke Solid Waste Collection starts January 1st, 2018

Bestway will remove trash totes provided and discontinue service by December 31st, 2017.

Contact Rumpke at 800-828-8171 today to order delivery of new 96 gallon trash totes for trash pick-up. $3.00 per trash tote monthly applies.

City of Aurora Street Department
Invitation to Bid/Request for Proposal

The City of Aurora, Indiana Street Department is requesting proposals for the construction of a 50’ x 80’ pole barn.

Proposals should be in a sealed envelope, labeled “Pole Barn Project,” and submitted to the attention of Guinevere Emery, Aurora City Manager. Proposals should be delivered to the Office of the City Manager, 235 Main Street, Aurora City Building, Aurora, Indiana, on or before 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20th, 2017. Proposals will be opened at the monthly meeting of the City of Aurora Utility Board Meeting on November 20th, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

2017 AIM Municipal Innovation Award

Pictured left to right: Deputy Clerk-Treasurer Oren Turner, City Manager Guinevere Emery, Mayor Donnie Hastings Jr., Councilman Patrick Schwing, and Clerk Treasurer Benny Turner.

Congratulations to the City of Aurora, Main Street Aurora, and all of our city reinvestment partners.

For more information about the 2018 Facade Improvement Matching Grant Program please contact Aurora City Manager Guinevere Emery at 513-505-7647 or at

Attached is the City of Aurora AIM Municipal Innovation Award and community showcase video presented at the AIM Ideas Summit in Evansville, Indiana on October 11th, 2017. The 2017 AIM Municipal Innovation Award, presented by Umbaugh, recognized the City of Aurora’s Façade Improvement Matching Grant Program as part of the Downtown Revitalization Strategic Plan. Accelerate Indiana Municipalities, previously known as IACT, now AIM’s, statement of purpose is “To foster, promote and advocate for the success of Hoosier municipalities as laboratories of innovation, hubs of talent and the engines driving our state’s economy.” The overwhelming success of the City of Aurora’s Façade Improvement Matching Grant Program stems from the premise of shared vision, local support and funding ingenuity. Please take the time to enjoy our beautiful ariel community showcase video for the City of Aurora.

2018 City of Aurora
Facade Improvement Program

The prosperity of downtown Aurora is vital to the commercial viability of Aurora as a whole. In 2016, the City of Aurora created the Downtown Strategic Revitalization Project to stimulate efforts to improve the street appearance of historic downtown Aurora's central business facades, and in doing so, provided a means to help stimulate the business environment of downtown Aurora. Central to downtown revitalization is the Facade Improvement Matching Grant Program for residential and commercial properties located within the core business district. Grants are limited to exterior preservation, restoration, or rehabilitation of real properties identified on the approved map attached by eligible sites.

Grant awards may not exceed a total of $5,000 during a 12-month period for actual construction costs. A minimum Facade Improvement project application is $25.00.

All grants awarded require a matching dollar-for-dollar expenditure by the owner or tenant.

First-round application deadline: Wed., January 31st by 4pm, in the City Manager Office.

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For more information contact:
Guinevere Emery
City Manager

There are events happening in Aurora all through the holiday season. Whether you are young or old, there is bound to be something going on in town that will bring a smile to your face. We hope you'll come down and join in the fun.

Small Business Saturday supporting local, small Businesses
				in Aurora, Indiana.
Christmas tree lighting and parade in Aurora, Indiana.
Miracle On Main Street Christmas event.

Fall In Love With Aurora

Get a real feel for what the Fall season looks like in Aurora with this "spooky" slideshow created by Nancy Turner, Executive Director at Main Street Aurora.

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Experience your city from a different point of view. The River Cities Bike Share Program is a great way to get around downtown areas of Aurora and Lawrenceburg, and along the six-mile stretch of the Dearborn Trail. Get out, get pedaling, and have some fun!

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The Aurora 5-Year Parks Master Plan will continue the current efforts of the town to develop its parks system to meet the needs of its residents. The project will engage residents and community leaders to provide recommendations that seek to improve the current parks system. The plan’s recommendations will focus on infrastructure improvements, but will also address policy and program updates to support the continued growth of the parks system.

Check out the Master Plan website for information about what the Plan is, and when public forums will be held to allow residents to give their input on the proposal.

Community Business Highlight

City of Aurora Congratulates

The Dearborn Country Club
Celebrating 90 Years!

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170 Country Club Lane, Aurora, IN 47001

(812) 926-1747 - -

It all started as the Wymond family farm in the 1800’s. Their home was as an essential part of the underground railroad, hiding escaped slaves in a secret room of the farm house. In 1926, a group of businessmen conceived the idea of a country club. They purchased the Wymond Estate overlooking the Wilson Creek Valley and established the home as the centerpiece of the club. In 1992, the club board decided to change the original 9-hole golf course to the current 18-holes. On February 3, 2003, fire destroyed the old mansion. Now standing on the site of the original clubhouse, is a 25,000-square foot state of the art facility.

In 2010, the largest independent banquet operations in the tristate began hosting meetings, banquets, and weddings at the Dearborn Country Club. Receptions Inc. menus and packages are offered for all banquets, and with three different sized banquet rooms, any party size can be handled. The Club also manages outdoor, tented events at Veraestau Historic Landmark and Mission Heights Farm.

Keeping up with the times and local demand, Woody’s Bar & Grille was born. The crowd-pleasing menu offers steak, pork chops, numerous appetizers and home-style meals. Every Sunday, Woody’s features an amazing Sunday brunch buffet with omelets, Belgian waffles, meats, casseroles, and much more! Also featured on Sundays, delicious, family-style kettle fried chicken.

October - November 2017

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ARCC Open 24/7

All Aurora Recreational Community Center (ARCC) members now have 24/7 access to the first floor fitness area, locker rooms, showers, and gymnasium. Second floor fitness areas will be available during staffed hours.

Stop in at the front desk and request your 24/7 access card today!

For more information call 812-926-2311
or visit our Website.

City of Aurora
Wayfinding Businesses

Check out the new City of Aurora Wayfinding Map, a map of all businesses in the Aurora downtown area. This important aspect of downtown revitalization was proudly designed and funded by Main Street Aurora.

You may click the button below to view the enlarged map, or you can see it at its permanent location over on the Retail, Restaurants and Services Page. Now, in addition to addresses and phone numbers, you will be able to see exactly where in Aurora the business you are looking for is located.

Letter From The
City Manager

" I call them the “A Team” here in Aurora. Trust me, the title is well deserved. "

To find out why, read more from
City Manager, Guinevere Emery.

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Vistas of Aurora

Whether you come to Aurora, you are treated to a charming view of a river town which is historic, yet constantly changing. The appealing panoramas of the many spires and 19th century buildings are punctuated by countless small details, both attractive and creative, that have been capturing people’s attention for over a century and a half. We hope after watching this slideshow you’ll want to walk the streets in our Historic District, looking for these and other sights which say “Welcome,” and “Stay awhile!”

New Businesses

Mayor Donnie Hastings, Jr. and the City of Aurora along with the Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce have welcomed the following new businesses and re-opened businesses to Aurora with ribbon cuttings since September 2012.

  • Oddities ribbon cutting in Aurora, Indiana.

    Oddities, owner Blake Haag, 312 Third Street

  • Main Source Bank ribbon cutting in Aurora, IN.

    Main Source Bank, 104 Link's Way (off of US 50)

  • DJ's Bakery, 523 Green Blvd.(US 50)

  • Aurora Floral's All About Home, manager Sandy Jordan, 412 Second St.

  • Art Angels, owners Claudia and William Phelps, 109 Third St.

  • Parlour of Aurora, owners Susan and Terry Bourquein, 305 Sunnyside Ave.

  • EveryDay Hair Design, owner Dena Tibbits, 211 Exporting Street

  • Comb’s Pizza, owner Bubby Combs, 329 Second Street

  • 3rd & Main Restaurant, owner Ron Sweeney, Corner of Third & Main

  • Personally Yours, owner Kerrie Ohlmansiek, 308 Third Street and Body Kneads by Sherry, owner Sherry Roland, 308 Third Street

  • Aurora Farm & Garden, owner Adam Kennett, 228 Exporting Street

Aurora, Indiana...

"A place where memories come alive, as new ones are created."