University Heights City Council meeting highlights 9-24-12

SEPTEMBER 24, 2012

  • Veterans Job Fair
  • Commercial property rates
  • South Euclid-Lyndhurst Recreation move
  • JCU Murphy Hall Renovation
  • Tax budget
  • Solid waste management plan
  • Police department honored
  • Emergency repair
  • Gas line

Council member Phillip Ertel was excused.

Veterans Job Fair

The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services will hold a Veterans Job Fair on Nov. 5 at Quicken Loans Arena.

Commercial property rates

Commercial property rates seem to be holding steady in University Heights, showing a rise of 1.4 percent.

South Euclid-Lyndhurst Recreation move

South Euclid-Lyndhurst Recreation programming has been transferred to the Hillcrest YMCA.

JCU Murphy Hall Renovation

Council approved the preliminary development plan submitted by John Carroll University (JCU) for the renovation of Murphy Hall, a student residence. This will make Murphy Hall ADA-compliant for 90 percent of the rooms and the chapel. Elevators, ramps and six “special needs” spaces will be added. To maintain the Gothic appearance of the front, the elevators will be built into the interior of the building. Two projections on the back of the building will extend out 18 feet. JCU plans to replace the roofs, tuckpoint, add sprinklers, and put in new windows keeping the divided panes. JCU will seek LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for energy sustainability.

Tax budget

Council authorized the levying of taxes as determined by the Cuyahoga County Budget Commission and certified them to the Cuyahoga County Fiscal Officer. The amount is based on the tax budget and is the same as 2012. The amount will change in 2014 when the swimming pool debt has been paid off.

Solid waste management plan

Council adopted the Solid Waste Management Plan, which includes recycling programs, for the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Management District.

Police department honored

Police Chief Steven Hammett announced that the University Heights Police Department is one of a handful of departments to be honored by the Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Prevention Center.

Emergency storm sewer repair

Jeffrey Pokorney, service director, announced that another emergency repair had been made to the storm sewer on Eaton Road. This repair nearly exhausts the funds allotted for emergency repairs for 2012, and additional funding might be needed. They have begun grinding out and removing the fifty tree stumps left behind.

Gas line

Joe Ciuni, city engineer, announced that Dominion East Ohio will be running a new main gas line by Cedar and Warrensville roads, to provide gas service to the new Walmart. Some minor traffic and sidewalk blockage will occur for a short period. Business owners will be notified before the work begins.

LWV observer: Wendy Deuring.

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