Message from Mayor
Donnie Hastings, Jr.
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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City of Aurora
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News & Events
City of Aurora
Request for Proposals
The City of Aurora, Indiana is requesting proposals for various construction improvement projects on numerous City-owned buildings throughout the City. These projects will take place at the following buildings and addresses:
- The Aurora Firehouse, located at 5950 Dutch Hollow Road
- A shed, located at 1406 Sunnyside
- The round barn, located near the Aurora City Pool, 425 Park Avenue
- The Aurora Recreation Community Center, 408 Green Boulevard
- Two (2) pavilions located at Taylor Waterways Park
- Largent Field
- Lesko Park
These projects will involve removal and replacement of certain building components, with a focus on roof repair. A successful bidder will be required to execute a contract for the projects, and otherwise abide by all local, state and federal rules, laws and regulations related to the construction of structures and public works projects. Prospective bidders are encouraged to visit the locations of the proposed projects so as to confirm the nature, scope, and location of the project. A pre-bid construction meeting will be held at the Aurora Fire Department on December 14th at 9 am then continue to all sites listed. Please contact Guinevere Emery, Aurora City Manager (513.505.7647), to set an appointment.
Proposals should be in a sealed envelope, labeled “City of Aurora Projects,” 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 Monday, December 18, 2017. Proposals will be opened at the monthly meeting of the City of Aurora Utility Board on December 18, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
The City of Aurora reserves the right to select the best and most qualified proposal, or to reject all proposals.
Community Business Highlight
City of Aurora Congratulates
Peyton (Pete) and Joe Tandy opened their corner market on the corner of 3rd and Judiciary in 1950. These industrious brothers built up one of Aurora’s anchor businesses through hard work and ingenuity. Their loyal customer base included those who bought groceries delivered to their doors, neighbors from Kentucky who would ferry across to Aurora, and local residents. Their business grew to the extent that, in the late 1960's, the brothers expanded their store to the size you see today. The Tandy brothers have passed; Joe in 2000, and Pete in 2003, but their legacy lives on. In addition to their many regular customers, Tandy’s IGA has thrived in large part due to their faithful, hardworking employees!
Tandy’s bakery & deli offer great menu items for breakfast and lunch, including their famous donuts and fried chicken. Their 10-pound meat sale is available all month long. In addition to in-store offerings, Tandy's IGA runs a quality catering service. Every Spring is announced in Aurora with the Annual Tent Sale.
December - January 2018
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
For more information contact:
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.
CLOSED FOR THE SEASON.
WILL REOPEN SPRING 2018
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!
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.
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
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
" 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.
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!”
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.