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.
News & Events
Dearborn Trail Closure
* This applies to the Aurora side of the trail only.
2015 Pool Programs
There are three programs this year at the Aurora Park Pool: Senior Aquatics, Baby & Me, and general Swimming Lessons. Each program lasts four weeks: two simultaneous sessions from June 29th - July 24th. The cost is $16.00/person and class sizes are limited so RSVP soon.
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Public Notice to Bidders
The Dearborn County Planning & Zoning Department is currently seeking proposals for Asbestos Testing Services for various properties. Any interested parties may submit sealed bids M-F from 8:30am - 4:30pm to the Planning & Zoning Department. The Deadline for this notice is April 17th at 2:00pm, with a final determination to be made April 22nd.
To read the full Notice document Click Here
To stay apprised of updates to the City of Aurora’s Comprehensive Plan or to leave comments, please visit:
A rummage sale will be held at the Aurora Firehouse on Friday, April 24th and Saturday, April 25th, from 8am - 3pm (rain or shine). All proceeds go to the 2015 Relay for Life of Dearborn & Ohio counties. The Aurora Firehouse is located on Dutch Hollow Rd., right off of US 50.
Summer Job Openings
Got some free time over the summer? Want to put a little cash in your pocket? The City of Aurora is accepting applications for lifeguard and summer help with the Streets Department for the 2015 season. Applications can be picked-up at the Clerk Treasure's office Monday thru Friday (8 am to 4 pm).
Senior Dances On Main
Saturday, July 11th, 2015
Get your tickets for July's Picnic 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
Upcoming 2015 Dances
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: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information & share your vision for the City of Aurora.
Thank you again for your warm welcome and support,
April - May
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 Recreation and Community Center
Start the year right and join the Aurora Recreation and Community Center (ARCC). The most important thing you can do for your health is regular exercise. A moderate amount of activity performed three to five days per week can:
- Improve your heart health
- Improve your heart disease risk factors
- Improve your strength and feeling of well-being
The ARCC has many fitness classes and programs to fit your individual needs. Call 926-2311 for more information.
Visit the ARCC website at auroracommunitycenter.com
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