Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 3-18-13

MARCH 18, 2013

  • Citizen communications
  • Liquor license transfers
  • Youth Advisory Commission appointments
  • Nuisance properties
  • City employee compensation
  • Fair Housing Month
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Property assessments
  • Waterline replacement
  • Property donations from banks

All council members were present.

Citizen communications

Resident David Bergstein expressed appreciation for the opening of a fitness facility at Severance, replacing Bally’s, which closed in 2012.

Resident James Moore expressed appreciation for the city’s efforts to ensure the success of the recent Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball tournament at the community center.

Liquor license transfers

The clerk of council notified council that one notice had been received from the Ohio Department of Liquor Control regarding the application to transfer permits from Mario’s Fish Bowl LLC (doing business as Mario’s Fish Bowl Bar & Grille) to Fitzdunn (doing business as Helen’s Gametime) for the premises located at 3962 Mayfield Road.

Youth Advisory Commission appointments

Council amended the ordinance establishing the Youth Advisory Commission to expand the number of youth members from ten to fifteen, with ten students from Cleveland Heights High School and five students from private, parochial or home schools. Council then approved the appointments of Joey Houser, Laurel Brown, Kayla Primes, Alexandria Keller, Sydney Cook, Amanda Murray, Emily Vinson, Shani Gelles, Payton Meeks, Alice Janigro, Tre Grady, Garth Bennett, Ellen Posch and Joselyn Smith to be youth members. Council also appointed the nonvoting adult members: Quintero Mack of the police department, Jeremy Holmes of the school district, and James Moore of the recreation advisory board. Dee Marsky, recreation supervisor, will staff the commission.

Nuisance properties

Council authorized demolition of five nuisance properties in the North Coventry area. These actions are part of a plan, created in collaboration with the Cuyahoga Land Bank and the City of East Cleveland, to improve and revitalize this section of the city. These properties include:

  • 1632 Coventry Road
  • 1634 Coventry Road
  • 1691 Coventry Road
  • 1667 Eddington Road
  • 1681 Glenmont Road

City employee compensation

Council established the salary schedules, position classifications, benefits and other compensation for officers and employees of the city that will take effect on April 1. Changes include monthly employee contributions toward health-care coverage.

Fair Housing Month

Council approved the city joining with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and with other communities throughout the nation, in observing April as "Fair Housing Month," reaffirming the city’s commitment to open housing.

Easter Egg Hunt

The annual Cleveland Heights Easter Egg Hunt will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 23 at Forest Hill Park. The event is free, and people are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items for the Heights Emergency Food Center.

Property assessments

Council approved two assessments against properties on which city work is done. These assessments will be in effect for a period of three years, beginning with the 2013 tax year, for collection in the years 2014 through 2016. Two percent of the expenses will be paid by the city.

  • The first assessment, for the expense of lighting city streets and public spaces, will have an annual rate of $1.02 per front foot (with a reduction for corner lots, if applicable).
  • The second assessment, for the expense of street improvements, including grading, draining, curbing, paving, repaving, repairing, sweeping or cleaning, as well as removing snow and the planting, maintaining, and removing of shade trees, will have an annual rate of $0.98 per front foot (with a reduction for corner lots, if applicable).

Waterline replacement

Council authorized hiring Mackay Engineering & Surveying Company for engineering and surveying services for the Lecona Drive waterline replacement project. The cost of these services is not to exceed $25,810. The project will be financed with Community Development Block Grant funds.

Property donations from banks

Council accepted two property donations from banks:

  • 1640–42 Coventry Road, from JP Morgan Chase Bank N.A. The city will determine whether to renovate or demolish the house on the property, which is in the North Coventry area.
  • 3124 Eastwick Drive, from Wells Fargo Bank N.A. The house on this property was damaged by fire and will be demolished.

LWV Observer: Katherine Solender.

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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