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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Accepting Project Bids
Notice to Bidders for 2nd Street Improvements, Aurora, IN 47001
Please find attached the Bid Documents for the Community Crossings Paving and Sidewalk Replacement for the 2nd St., Aurora, IN project, as well as, the legal advertisement for Notice of Bid. Bids are due to the City Manager by 4 pm on March 27th, with a City Council working session scheduled 4:30 pm on March 27th to open the bids. Should you have questions please contact Guinevere Emery directly at 513-505-7647. Thank you for your time and attention.
Aurora Flood 2018 Updates
If you own a home or business in Dearborn County that has sustained damage due to flooding you are urged to report it by using the following website bit.ly/2018rainfall. If you do not have internet access you may call Dearborn County Emergency Management at (812) 537-3971. These reports will assist in the determination if disaster relief funding will be available.
Cleaning supplies are still available on a first come first serve rotation for flood affected properties. Come to City Hall, 235 Main St., Aurora, IN 47001. Contact City Manager at (513) 505-7647 to check availability. If you borrowed a dehumidifier from the Aurora Lions please contact Karl Schorr at (812) 584-1790 to return at the Aurora Lions so others may use as needed.
“Aurora is a week ahead of other similar areas affected in terms of flood emergency coordination and cleanup efforts.” - Indiana Department of Homeland Security.
“The boots on the ground work ethic and support towards area flood preparation, emergency response and flood recovery cleanup efforts provided by all City of Aurora, Dearborn County and state emergency management agencies, City of Aurora Mayor Hastings, DC Commissioner McHenry, elected officials including Aurora Councilmen Hahn, Drury, and Schwing, department heads, city employees, regional volunteers, volunteer fire departments, local businesses, residents, municipal partners such as the Cities of Lawrenceburg & Greendale, Town of Dillsboro and organizations such as the MGP Distillery in Lawrenceburg, the Lawrenceburg Conservancy District, the Aurora Lions, Lions Club International, Lowes, United Community Bank, Red Cross, South Dearborn Community School Corporation, Walmart, Sunbelt Rentals, Operation BBQ Relief and many, many others was amazing. Way to go, and we thank you very, very much. “ - Guinevere Emery, City Manager
Flood Cleanup Volunteers Needed
Those still in need may request volunteers to assist in the flood cleanup efforts. For those wishing to volunteer to a specific location, please contact those individuals or businesses directly. To place a Flood Cleanup Volunteer Request please email email@example.com.
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.
February - March 2018
Rumpke Solid Waste Collection has begun.
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.
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.
Second-round application deadline: Thurs., May 31st by 4pm, in the City Manager Office.
For more information contact:
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.
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.
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!
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.