University Heights City Council meeting highlights [3-7-11]

MARCH 7, 2011

  • Sun Press article
  • City services survey
  • Recognition of service
  • B’Nei Torah special-use permit
  • Sweepstakes terminal cafes

Councilmen Steven Bullock and Steven Sims were excused.

Sun Press article

Former council members Adele Zucker and Steven Bennett stated that the Sun Press incorrectly reported the history of city council taking their own minutes.

City services survey

Survey about city services closes the end of March. John Carroll University will tabulate the results.

Recognition of service

Council recognized Lieutenant Damion Pasternak and Lieutenant David Novine for thirty years of service to the city. Each man will receive a plaque with council members’ signatures.

B’Nei Torah special-use permit

B’Nei Torah, a small orthodox congregation, is seeking a special-use permit to build a synagogue at 2588 and 2596 South Green Road after the demolition of two homes on the site. A small variance is necessary to accommodate the 14,000 square foot building on the three-acre site. Jack Bialasky, an architect with Bialasky and Partners, showed numerous drawings accompanied by detailed explanations.

Residents Suzanne Tishkoff and Stuart Mandel of S. Green Road, and Ruth Dancyger and Doris Miller from Villas on the Green were among those who spoke against the project citing concerns about drainage, light pollution, noise level, and traffic increases. An overarching concern was that the residential nature of the neighborhood would be compromised. Grant Dinner of Washington Boulevard pointed out that he and many others sought out a neighborhood that had a synagogue within easy walking distance from home.

Councilman Consolo said he accepted the planning commission’s recommendation to issue a special-use permit for the synagogue, saying the commission had the best interest of everyone in mind. Council unanimously approved moving forward.

Sweepstakes terminal cafes

A vote on the first reading of an ordinance to extend the temporary moratorium on sweepstakes terminal cafes for two months failed due to a “no” vote by Councilman Murphy.  Discussion involved weighing the benefit of increased revenue for the city by working with the cafes against the trouble gambling might introduce. Most on council wanted more time to consider what action to take, but Murphy felt it was more productive to work with the cafes.

LWV observer: Carol Gibson

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League of Women Voters

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

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