University Heights City Council meeting highlights 2-6-2012

FEBRUARY 6, 2012

  • New park
  • New deputy library director
  • State of the City address
  • Council action on regional study
  • County Health and Human Services
  • Sewer repairs
  • Waste processing service
  • 911 equipment
  • Police and fire exams
  • Hard-wired smoke detectors

All council members were present.

New park

Resident Brett Teacher, chair of Citizens for Saybrook Park, urged council to create a park at the site of the old Fuchs Mizrachi School. The property is 6.8 acres and is located between Saybrook and Fenwick roads. The group will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. on Feb. 21 at the University Heights Library.

New deputy library director

Aurora Martinez, director of the University Heights Library, introduced the library system’s new deputy director, Kimberlee DeNero-Ackroyd.

State of the City address

Achievements

Mayor Infield highlighted ways in which 2011 goals were met:

  • Increased communication and accessibility includes department relocation within city hall, new operating hours, updated welcome packets, online payment options, and shredding and recycling days.
  • Preservation of green space includes development of a community garden on Taylor Road, installation of a rain garden on Ashurst Road, and new green space on Jackson Boulevard.
  • Participation in regional initiatives was expanded by contracting for garbage transfer services with Cleveland Heights and joining a twelve-city consortium of the County Solid Waste District for processing recyclable garbage.
  • Use of grants for capital projects, reduced personnel costs, and the implementation of operational changes at city hall controlled costs, generating a $1.3 million revenue surplus in 2011.

 Green space

The County Land Bank will demolish a house at 3578 Silsby Road to allow for new green space. The mayor and council will investigate the feasibility of acquiring the former Fuchs Mizrachi property for a community park.

Regional programs

Continued cooperative regional programs include a joint bid with Shaker Heights for roadway projects, a Cleveland Foundation-funded study for possible consolidation of fire service with Shaker Heights, and a study to consider the establishment of a regional police dispatch center with Euclid, South Euclid, Beachwood and Shaker Heights.

JoAnn Fabrics moving

JoAnn Fabrics will move from University Square to Golden Gate Plaaza. The mayor will schedule a meeting with Inland Realty, the owner of University Square.

Council action on regional study

Council authorized a memorandum of agreement with the cities named in the mayor’s address, to conduct a feasibility study for the aforementioned consolidation. Police Chief Steve Hammett noted that South Euclid will serve as fiscal agent and will submit a grant application to the Local Government Innovation Fund for the estimated budget of $60,000. South Euclid and Euclid have grant writers on staff and will prepare the request.

County Health and Human Services

Council passed a resolution in support of the Cuyahoga County Health and Human Services Levy 2012.

Sewer repairs

The contract to Land Networking for 2012–13 emergency sewer repairs for an amount not to exceed $78,875 was tabled and City Engineer Ciuni was instructed to return with more information.

Waste processing service

Council approved an agreement with Aljon, LLC for the 2012 yard waste processing service. Service Director Jamieson said the company, which has contracted with UH for several years with no problems, is the closest commercial composting company available. He said the proposed cost of $5,500 is an advance flat fee as before, and that the 2011 contract was for $5,000.

911 equipment

Police Chief Hammett reported that Cuyahoga County will be providing University Heights with $75,000 worth of new 911 equipment to upgrade the system.

Police and fire exams

Nancy English, clerk of council, reported that application and testing dates are set for the next few months for police and fire promotional exams. Interested parties should contact her.

Hard-wired smoke detectors

In response to an issue raised by a resident, Councilman Sims questioned whether smoke detectors must be hard-wired. The building commissioner said the code was changed in 2011 to require hardwiring for new construction or significant renovation, such as an addition. Officials will return with more specific information.

LWV observer: Patricia C. Solomon.

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