University Heights City Council meeting highlights [2-7-11]
FEBRUARY 7, 2011
Councilman Kevin Patrick Murphy was excused.
- Community garden committee
- 2011 budget
- McDonald’s traffic study
- Wiley School parking area
- Kollel proposal
- Road asphalt
- Senior transportation
- New dump truck
- Increase in revenues
Community garden committee
Mayor Infeld announced that the Community Garden Committee is planning a community garden on a vacant lot on Taylor Road.
Mayor Infeld warned that the budget would be extremely tight.
McDonald’s traffic study
Mayor Infeld stated that although the data has been collected for the McDonald’s traffic study, the study has not been completed because the information has not yet been presented to the council or to McDonald’s. Council passed a motion to hire URS to complete the study, including the establishment of an escrow account with the city. McDonald’s will deposit approximately $23,000 into the escrow account to pay for the study.
Wiley School parking area
Council approved the school district’s proposal for changes in the driveway and parking area behind Wiley Middle School. The district plans to add a third lane and a net gain of six parking spaces to reduce congestion. Also, the plans would screen off the service area with evergreens, create a new kitchen delivery area, and relocate bike racks. These changes would enhance the entryway.
Fred Bolotin of Kollel Yad Chaim Mordechai, 2203 and 2207 South Green Road, presented a proposal to connect the two houses together for more space. Currently, the 2203 property is used for programming and the 2207 property is used for administration and storage. They are requesting a special-use permit to use the second house for programming. They require additional space even if connecting the two homes does not happen.
Lee Friedman and David Leavitt of Friedman Leavitt Accounting Firm, which is in the commercial strip adjacent to Kollel, oppose this project. They noted that although Kollel has arranged for parking spaces at Heinens and also at the former Temple Emanu El, people attending Kollel programs prefer to park in the adjacent strip lot, making spaces unavailable for the employees and customers of the businesses in the strip. The plan does include additional parking spaces behind the second house. The planning commission recommended approval of this project.
Council approved a joint bid with Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights for road asphalt. Shaker Heights will lead contract negotiations. Also, five streets will be paved in conjunction with the Cleveland Water Department when they replace water lines.
Council authorized Mayor Infeld to request a six-month contract with Senior Transportation Connection, limited to 80 rides per month with unlimited destinations, and limiting individual riders to two rides per week. The contract currently costs $50,000 per year and is used by only 26-27 residents on a regular basis.
New dump truck
Robert Jamieson, service director, reported that the new dump truck has been very helpful to the department. He was offered free use of a prototype snowplow blade to test. A Cleveland company is developing the new blade.
Increase in revenues
David Menn, building commissioner, reported a revenue gain of $43,000 over that of 2009 primarily due to increases in home remodeling and contractor registrations.
LWV observer: Wendy Deuring.
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