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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Downtown Historic Aurora - Riverfront Development Opportunity!!
Request for Proposals (RFP)
Gabbard Building & ajoining lots
106 Judiciary Street
Aurora, Indiana 47001
For Gabbard Building RFP: Click Here
Deadline for RFP submission to the City of
Aurora - October 19th, 2015, 8:30 a.m.
For more information please contact Jarrad Holbrook at
Senior Dances On Main
Saturday, September 12th, 2015
Get your tickets for September's Western Dance presented by Main Street Aurora. The dance runs from 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm, doors open at 6:00 pm. There will be music by Denver Brandt and the Wooden Wheels, a dinner will be provided by the Aurora Lions (proceeds go to Relay for Life), and there will be door prizes.
For more information call: 812-926-1100.
To view a flyer for this event Click Here
Thursday, September 17th, 6:30 pm
Jim Waldon will be your guide as you learn about architecture styles used in the historic Downtown area. This tour is completely FREE. The tour will start at 235 Main St., water and snacks will be provided.
To see a flyer for the event Click Here
Community Business Highlight
City of Aurora Congratulates Comb's Pizza
Visit us at: combspizza.net Phone: (812)926-3273
When Darrell and Karen Combs wanted to start a business, they wanted to bring something different to their hometown. They wanted to share with the community, what they have been enjoying themselves for years, their own recipes for hoagies and pizza. On March 28, 1983, in the old Buy N' Save building at 329 2nd Street in Aurora, Combs Pizza was started. It was the first restaurant in Aurora to offer hot food delivery service to homes, business, and factories.
Combs Pizza's has been a proud supporter of the community for over 32 years. Every local youth sports program from little league baseball, softball, youth SAY soccer, peewee football, and various other school groups have all been supported by Combs Pizza's generous contributions. They also contributes to countless charities, benefits, fundraisers and churches in and around Aurora.
Combs Pizza is a member of the Support Small Business movement. They believe in supporting their neighborhood shops and businesses, so when purchasing for the shop, they focus on finding local produce, meats, and other products from local-owned businesses, knowing it all contributes to strengthening the local economy.
After almost 26 years in business serving pizza and hoagies to generations of families, Darrell and Karen made the difficult decision to close the store and retire. Just a few years later, on June 1, 2012, however, Comb's Pizza would be re-opened by their son, Jesse Combs, and his wife April. Today's Combs Pizza still operates with the original recipes & products they have always been known for, with a few new menu items to boot. Quality has made Comb's Pizza an Aurora Farmers Fair Tradition for fair goers and families for years, and 2015 will mark the 33rd Farmers Fair that the business will have been serving the community.
The spirit of entrepreneurship continues on with nine year old Clayton Combs. At six years old, it was Clayton’s idea to have a candy rack installed in the store. Today he has made enough money selling candy to be able to purchase his first vehicle.
Combs Pizza represents the true definition of your Local Mom & Pop Pizza Shop.
New ARCC Website Is Here!
The new site features all new visuals and navigation highlighting ARCC’s latest fitness programs, available equipment, and experienced staff. Soon to come, the site will also feature instructional videos on best practices utilizing ARCC’s equipment along with various fitness-related tips and techniques.
New Code Enforcement Officer
The City of Aurora is pleased to announce that as of June 2015, the Dearborn County Planning Commission, thru an interlocal agreement, will become the designated Enforcement Officer and enforcement authority for the City’s Code of Ordinances and applicable Indiana Statutes related to zoning, planning and unsafe buildings.
To see the full press release Click Here
The City of Aurora website has undergone a number of updates over that last several years, and is currently in the process of updating yet again, this time with an eye toward expanding information and resources. Some of these changes include:
Government Page - There is now a zone map of Aurora and the surrounding area with a link to view a printable PDF of the enlarged map. There is also a section making various Permit Forms available
Utilities & Streets Page - Need to report a malfunctioning streetlight? Duke Energy now has an online resource that makes reporting this problem as simple as filling out a few details on a website contact form. Look for the link under the contact information for the Streets Department.
Historical Preservation Commission Page - Though this page is currently under construction, the Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) Form can now be found there.
Notice the red arrow at the bottom right side of the page that appears as you scroll down? Clicking this arrow will send you to the top of the page that you are viewing. Look for more updates to come.
Dearborn Trail Closure
* This applies to the Aurora side of the trail only.
Comp Plan: Big 5 Ideas
- Downtown Revitalization
- Neighborhood Revitalization
- Indoor/Outdoor Recreation
- Ohio Riverfront Development
- Quality of Life and Community Connection
Go to: 2015 Comprehensive Plan
A Letter From The City
As the first female City Manager for the City of Aurora, it is my honor and privilege to be a proactive facilitator for progress on behalf of Aurora’s future. The level of support from Mayor Donnie Hastings, Jr., City Council, City Atty. Jeff Stratman, Clerk Treasurer/Utilities Supt. Randy Turner, City Departments and within the community has been astounding and so very appreciated.
As City Manager, under the direction of the Mayor and City Council, my priority focus will be the coordination of Code Enforcement, Comprehensive Plan, Blight Elimination Program, Parks & Recreation, Aurora Community Center, Utilities and Infrastructure, Aurora Sewer Main Project & Main Street Sidewalk Program, as well as, analysis & review of administrative policies/procedures, seeking alternative revenue resources and determine budget savings strategies. As you can tell, our plate is full.
Aurora is known for its beautiful river vistas, welcoming spirit, volunteerism and historic heritage. A safe, vibrant, prosperous and actively engaged community lends to quality of life recognized as a common goal for local residents, families, local business owners, community leaders, and within our schools. I’m excited, energized and looking forward to working and living alongside the citizens of Aurora.
I encourage you to be a part of the Aurora Comprehensive Planning process for future development and downtown revitalization. Please feel free to stop by the City Building or email me at: email@example.com for more information & share your vision for the City of Aurora.
Thank you again for your warm welcome and support,
August - September
City of Aurora
Bins now available! Residents who would like to participate must call 812-926-5403 to request their free bins.
For more information about curside recycling Click Here
City of Spires - Aurora, Indiana
The Riverfront in the 1950's
by Michael Blaser
This lovely rendering of Aurora's riverfront, shown only in part at the top of this page, was commissioned by Doug & Marlene Denmure. The original oil painting hangs in the Aurora Public Library where it may be viewed and enjoyed by all.
Vistas of Aurora
Whether you come into Aurora by State Route 56, State Route 350, State Route 148, US 50, or the Ohio River, you are treated to a charming view of a river town which is historic and yet constantly changing. The appealing panorama of the many spires and 19th century buildings is punctuated by countless small details which are attractive and creative; many of these features have been capturing people’s attention for a century or a century and a half. In this slide show, Main Street Aurora offers “Vistas of Aurora,” small scenes and details which are inviting in their unique and artistic simplicity. We hope you’ll want to walk the streets in our Historic District, looking for these and other vistas which say “Welcome,” and “Stay awhile!” Meanwhile, sit back, and enjoy our “Vistas of Aurora.”
Korean War Veterans Place Podium at
Aurora's River View Cemetary
On Wednesday, December 4th, members of the Korean War Veterans Chapter #4 of Aurora placed a beautiful podium on the Soldiers Circle at River View Cemetery. The podium, made of black granite, will be used for future events held at the circle. In the past a podium had to be delivered to the circle for use by speakers. The podium was purchased from Gilpin Monuments in Versailles. The front of the podium displays the “POW-MIA” logo and the backside provides statistics of the Korean War.
The war began on June 25, 1950 and hostilities ended on July 27, 1953 with the signing of the cease fire. During that time 36,574 Americans were killed in action, 103,284 were wounded, and 8,177 are still missing or unaccounted for. The podium is to honor them as well as all Veterans who served as members of the Armed Forces during that era. Korean War Veterans Association Commander Luther Rice remarked that the Korean War is often referred to as the “Forgotten War” but for those Veterans that served during that period of time I can assure you that we have not “Forgotten”. Commander Rice thanked Randy Turner, President of the River View Cemetery Association, as well as all members of the Cemetery Association for approving the placement of the podium on the Circle.
Pictured: Korean War Veterans Association members that participated in the installation of the podium on the Soldiers Circle at River View Cemetery: Front Row Left to Right: George Niemeyer, Clarence Vogelsang, Bob Karp, Ralph Cole, Commander Luther Rice, PG Gentrup, Archie Abner, WWII Associate Member Captain Bill McClure, Randy Turner (President of the River View Cemetery Association), and Elvin Newmann.
City of Spires
City of Spires Historical Foundation and Museum is located at 111 Fifth Street with a beautiful view of the Ohio River. The church home of the Aurora Baptists from 1848 – 1872, the building was the house of worship for the First Evangelical United Church of Christ from 1872 until January of 2010. Today the facilities are under the auspices of the board and membership of City of Spires and are available for rental for weddings, vow renewals, meetings, worship, memorial services, and concerts. The sanctuary features stunning stained glass windows, an early twentieth century pipe organ, and seating for approximately one hundred and fifty. The museum is open for tours by appointment. Call 926-0944 for information.
Visit the City of Spires website at cityofsprires.org
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.
Aurora Public Library
Since 1901 Aurora has proudly offered its citizens what Andrew Carnegie called the “cradle of Democracy.” The Aurora Public Library has changed in countless ways over the course of its history but one thing remains the same: our dedication to patron service. Somewhere between our author visits and children’s programming, our bestsellers and book discussions, and our downloadable books and DVDs, you will experience the personal touch that makes our library more than books and bricks.
We invite you to come and experience your Educational, Informational, Recreational, and Personal public library.
Visit the library website at eapld.org
Hillforest Historic Victorian
Hillforest Museum is open for tours from April through December from 1-5pm and is closed on Mondays and major holidays.This magnificent house is situated on 10 acres overlooking the City of Aurora and has an incredible view of the Ohio River. Visit beautiful Hillforest decorated in Victorian splendor for the holidays. Admission charged.
For more information call 812-926-0087.
Visit the Hillforest website at hillforest.org