University Heights City Council meeting highlights 12-17-12
December 17, 2012
- Public meeting
- Solid waste collections
- Employee of the year
- Public health services
- Check policy
- Citizen of the year
- Joint economic development
- Tax collection methods
- Joint police dispatch
- Bomb squad services
- Multi-vehicle accident
- Police presence at schools
- Long guns
- Building department
All council members were present.
Mayor Infield announced a public meeting at City Hall for Jan. 10 at 7:30 pm. to discuss the Fire Study.
Solid waste collections
The department of solid waste will collect all old light strings, power cords, and other holiday materials to recycle.
Employee of the year
City employees again chose John Pucella, assistant service director, as employee of the year. He is the first employee to receive this honor twice.
Public health services
Council authorized the contract with the Cuyahoga County Board of Health for 2013 to provide public health services for $51,990.
Council approved establishing a returned check policy.
Citizen of the year
Council recognized Katherine Kay Hawn as University Heights Citizen of the Year. She had been a member of the Purvis Pool swim team as a child and was disappointed to find that the team no longer existed when her own daughter was ready. She single-handedly reinstated the swim team, working diligently to encourage all children to improve their swimming skills and to enjoy the excitement of competition. Her daughter is now a coach of the swim team, and Hawn continues to serve as the youth swim team coordinator.
Joint economic development
Council authorized joining the cities of South Euclid, University Heights, Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights and East Cleveland in their application for funding from University Circle Inc. and the Heights Chamber of Commerce for a feasibility study on joint economic development. The application is due by the end of March and the work is to be completed within twelve months. Councilwoman Susan Pardee expressed concern that the list of projects would not be completed within the twelve months but praised the quality of, and need for, the work.
Tax collection methods
Council approved a resolution in opposition to HB601, which would impose standardization of tax collection methods across Ohio communities. The bill is essentially an unfunded mandate from the state. Communities across Ohio are submitting their opposition to this bill.
Joint police dispatch
A resolution was presented on first reading that supports submission of a grant application by South Euclid on behalf of University Heights, Shaker Heights, Euclid, and Beachwood to the State of Ohio Local Government Innovation fund to conduct a feasibility study for joint police dispatch.
Bomb squad services
Council authorized an agreement with Cleveland Heights for Cleveland Heights to provide bomb squad services to University Heights. Cleveland Heights has a highly sophisticated bomb squad. In exchange, University Heights would agree to provide backup personnel when needed. Currently, the city uses another bomb squad service that is more widely shared, less readily available, and entails a usage fee.
Police Chief Steven Hammett announced a major accident had occurred two days earlier at the intersection of Warrensville Center and Cedar roads, when a city bus veered into oncoming traffic. The bus driver was the only fatality in the multi-vehicle accident.
Police presence at schools
In the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting, there is a heavier police presence at all schools, and this will continue as long as they are needed. Safety drills are conducted in all schools as required by law.
Chief Hammett noted there are very few legal restrictions on “long guns” or assault weapons, and loopholes in the gun laws make these gun buys easier. They can be bought by someone at the age of 18. Sidearms have more restrictions, including age restrictions to age 21.
Mayor Infield reported that the Building Department building has been refurbished with a new roof, air conditioning, new windows, interior paint and carpeting.
LWV Observer: Wendy Deuring.
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