University Heights City Council meeting highlights [2-22-11]

FEBRUARY 22, 2011

  • Closing of trauma center
  • Merchants association
  • City services survey
  • Black History celebration
  • Payments owed the Port Authority
  • Leadership Effectiveness Retreat
  • Sidewalk cleaning

Councilman Phil Ertel and Vice Mayor Frankie Goldberg were excused.

Closing of trauma center

Resident Anita Kazarian spoke on behalf of the First Suburbs Consortium concerning the closing of the trauma center at Huron hospital. East Cleveland is asking its neighbors for help to solve the problems caused by the closing. Kazarian urged council members to attend the February 28 meeting at the New Covenant Church.

Merchants association

The Cedar/Taylor area formed a merchants association to pool ideas that will increase the area’s appeal to shoppers.

City services survey

During March, a survey of city services will be conducted. Residents can find the survey on line, at city hall, and at the UH library branch.

Black History celebration

In celebration of Black History Month, Councilman Consolo introduced Wiley Middle School Choral Director Glen Brackens. Thirteen choir members sang three songs each representing a specific period. They were “Rock-a-My- Soul”, “My Girl”, and “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

Cuyahoga County Council President C. Ellen Connally spoke, often directly to the students, urging them to register to vote when they become eighteen, stay in northeast Ohio, and go to college or get special training at Tri-C after high school.

She also explained briefly the workings of the new county council, and the hard work required of it to create regulations and policies stipulated by the new county charter. She invited University Heights council members to come and address the new county council.

Payments owed the Port Authority

Virginia Benjamin, bond counsel for the city, explained the financial tangle concerning the payments owed to the Port Authority. Mayor Infeld gave a brief history of bond payments missed, an audit that uncovered a 2005 agreement, several parties’ concerns, and the CHUH schools never receiving their deserved surplus funds. Although a decision to sign the agreement must be made soon, council first wants assurances that the city is protected against future liability. Council plans to invite Price Finley of Bricker & Eckler and/or Julie Burkart of Argus to meet with council before the next meeting.

Leadership Effectiveness Retreat

Council passed a motion to hire Sylvester Murray to facilitate a council work session entitled “University Heights Leadership Effectiveness Retreat” and to allocate $2,000 for the meeting, of which $1,000 was the consultant’s fee. Councilman Murphy voted no.

Sidewalk cleaning

Service Director Rob Jamieson reported his department is going street by street to clean up after the ice storm. The city does not clean the sidewalk unless there’s 6 to 7 inches of snow buildup. With no overtime pay, sidewalks of the most heavily used streets will be cleaned first.

LWV observer: Carol Gibson

These meeting summaries are abstracted from LWV observers’ written reports. The summaries have been edited and prepared by Anne McFarland, Charlene Morse and Maryann Barnes. To receive e-mail postings of full reports, send an e-mail to or join through Google groups using “lwv-chuh observer reports” as a search phrase.

These reports contain member observation and selected highlights of public meetings and are not official statements of the Heights Chapter of the League of Women Voters Cuyahoga Area. This disclaimer must accompany any redistribution of these reports.

League of Women Voters

Chapter co-chair for the Heights Chapter of the League of Women Voters, Cuyahoga Area

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