University Heights City Council meeting highlights [5-16-11]

MAY 16, 2011

  • Homeland security budget reduced
  • Top it Off Pizza
  • Karvo Paving Company
  • Rock salt
  • IRS fine
  • Recycling Day May 28
  • Grass notices

Vice Mayor Frankie Goldberg and Councilman Steven Bullock were excused.

Homeland security budget reduced

Mayor Infeld announced that the budget for homeland security would be reduced, including the Firefighters Assistance Grants.

Top it Off Pizza

Top it Off Pizza, which shares a parking area with Purvis Park, was required to deliver all pizzas (no pickup) from Memorial Day to Labor Day because of safety concerns for the many children going to the pool. Council approved owner Talia Gahanian’s request to allow pickups from Memorial Day to June 3 because the pool doesn’t open until June 4.

At the June 6 council meeting, owner Talia Gahanian would like to present data regarding her company's peak business hours in the hope of being allowed to continue pickup throughout the summer.

Karvo Paving Company

Council, jointly with Shaker Heights and Cleveland Heights, awarded the 2011 Street Resurfacing Program to Karvo Paving Company.

Rock salt

Council authorized an agreement with ODOT for the purchase of rock salt for the 2011-2012-winter season. Service Director Jamieson reported that although other organizations had attempted to form salt-purchasing cooperatives, ODOT had proven to be the most reliable provider. University Heights will order 3,200 tons of salt and has 676 tons in reserve. The agreement allows the city to purchase between 80 and 120 percent of the 3,200 tons, as needed.

IRS fine

The IRS has fined the city $360 for the late filing of W2’s in 2008. Also, the Public Fidelity Crime Bond had expired in January 2009 for nonpayment. A new bond from Traveler’s Insurance retroactive to April 4,2011 for $1,004 has been secured. This bond provides insurance coverage for city employees.

Recycling Day May 28

Service Director Rob Jamieson announced there would be a city recycling and shredding day on May 28. The county’s solid waste district is looking for ways to increase collection of hazardous waste for disposal. The cost of this service is included in the landfill-tipping fee, which the city pays to the county.

Grass notices

Building Director David Menn announced that more than 200 notices for tall grass have been issued already this year. Mayor Infeld noted that the city is aware of the problems created for homeowners by the rain and is trying to be lenient in issuing warnings.

Pool repairs

Mayor Infeld announced that due to the rain, painting of the pool and slide would be postponed until fall, and concrete repairs remain barricaded because the concrete is curing more slowly than usual.

LWV observer: Wendy Deuring.

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