University Heights City Council meeting highlights 5-7-12

MAY 7, 2012

  • Service director
  • Deputy chief
  • Technology Advisory Commission
  • Nominating petitions
  • Abatement correction
  • Waterline replacement
  • Women and minority businesses
  • Dump truck
  • Violence against women
  • Flashover incident
  • New businesses
  • UH as a model
  • Senior services

All council members were present.

Service director

Mayor Infield has received 35 resumes for the position of service director and will interview eight candidates.

Deputy chief

James Williams was sworn in as the new deputy chief of police.

Technology Advisory Commission

Council approved changing the name of the Cable TV & Internet Commission to the Technology Advisory Commission. Sue Pardee, chair of the Civic Information Committee, said that the duties and responsibilities have expanded to recommend general policies relating to the operation and uses of technological tools and services.

Nominating petitions

Council changed the deadline for filing nominating petitions with the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections from 60 to 90 days. The board of elections director recommended this to conform with other political subdivisions.

Abatement correction

Council authorized the finance director to file an amended report on the abatement of the special assessments, dated Aug. 19, 2011, with the Cuyahoga County fiscal officer. This was to correct the number of parcels owned by Inland Corp. (University Square) from one to four. Payment was made for all four and the city will receive the payment of $2,900,000 less $200,000, which will be recovered. [Outside of the context of the meeting the observer learned that the city administrator will make distributions as appropriate to the school district and for bond payments.]

Waterline replacement

Council authorized an agreement with Noce Enterprises Inc., with a low bid of $441,000, for the Westwood and Lansdale Roads Waterline Replacement Project.

Women and minority businesses

Councilman Steven Sims asked about getting primary contractors to hire women and minority businesses for subcontracts. Joseph Ciuni, city engineer, said that larger cities usually have mandates, but not smaller municipalities. He said it was possible to include language in requests for proposals encouraging such hires, but it would not affect their rating in terms of the bids. Council agreed to follow that path, and the law director will develop blanket language for future requests.

Dump truck

Council approved the purchase of a used dump truck from the City of Lyndhurst for $9,200.

Violence against women

Council authorized the police department’s continued participation with other agencies in the Violence Against Women grant-funded program coordinated by John Carroll University. Police Chief Steven Hammet said this is a federal program with many local partners including the Rape Crisis Center and the City of Shaker Heights.

Flashover incident

Fire Chief David Rodney said that, following a firefighter’s injury last summer in a “flashover” incident, the state fire marshal was contacted about specialized training. This is scheduled over three days next week, and other municipalities have been invited to participate. The four-hour training will include a “burn.”

New businesses

Several new businesses are opening in the city, including a Family Dollar store, a Nationwide Insurance office, and a Quiznos’ Subs.

UH as a model

David Menn, building commissioner, reported that a former UH resident now in government in Mason, Iowa has contacted him for information, using UH as a model, that would help that city upgrade policies and practices.

Senior services

The Civic Information Committee and the Senior Advisory subcommittee will hold a meeting on May 23 to solicit input from a wider group of citizens about what services seniors in the city would like to see, and their ideas about coordination with other communities. 

LWV observer: Patricia Solomon.

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 mbarnes9515@gmail.com 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.

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