Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 4-3-13

APRIL 3, 2013

  • Liquor control application
  • National Library Week
  • Earth Day
  • Parking garage inspections
  • Monticello Boulevard
  • Free mulch
  • High school softball field
  • NeuroWave loan
  • National Community Development Week
  • Thermal imaging cameras
  • 1020 Rushleigh Road

All council members were present.

Liquor control application

Thomas Raguz, clerk of council, reported an Ohio Department of Liquor Control notice regarding the application to transfer permits from Lehigh Gas Ohio LLC (doing business as BP AM PM) to 7-Eleven Inc. (doing business as 7-Eleven 36743) for the premises located at 3983 Mayfield Road, 44121.

National Library Week

Council proclaimed April 14–20, 2013, as National Library Week in the City of Cleveland Heights. Council Member Cheryl Stephens emphasized the importance of reading and praised the library’s technological innovations.

Earth Day

The city’s Earth Day 5K Run/Walk will take place at Forest Hill Park on Wednesday, April 24, at 6:45 pm. The event is a fundraiser for the Youth Scholarship Fund. More information is online at www.clevelandheights.com/index.aspx?page=10).

Bicycle Coalition

The Heights Bicycle Coalition will hold an annual meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, at the Open Office, in the former Coventry Elementary School building on the corner of Coventry Road and Euclid Heights Boulevard. Grace Gallucci, the new executive director of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) will be the featured speaker.

The bike coalition is sponsoring a Smart Cycling Class for adults on Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Heights High, for riders who want to learn more about using a bicycle to get around town, run errands, commute to work and have fun. Information about the bike coalition’s events is on their website, www.bikesintheheights.org.

Parking garage inspections

Council authorized hiring CT Consultants Inc. to conduct structural inspections of the parking garages located at Lennox and Surrey, Coventry, and Cedar and Lee roads to determine the cost of remediation, if any is needed. The cost of these engineering services is not to exceed $9,500.

Monticello Boulevard

Council Member Bonnie Caplan noted that the third phase of the Monticello Boulevard road construction project would begin this week.

Free mulch

Free mulch is available from the city in the Forest Hill Park parking lot off Forest Hill Road. Residents must bring their own containers.

High school softball field

Council approved a variance for the new softball field at the high school. The unique situation of the site is that all four of its quadrants are considered front yards. The zoning code does not permit chain-link fencing or any fencing exceeding three feet in height. Nor does it permit accessory structures such as backstops, scoreboards, dugouts, and movable grandstands in front yards. All of these elements are necessary to upgrade an existing athletic facility

NeuroWave loan

Council amended the city’s commercial revolving loan agreement, dating from October 2008, with NeuroWave Systems Inc., a medical device company. NeuroWave, which currently has 14 employees on site, has requested a 24-month extension and permission to obtain additional outside financing and to subordinate its obligation to the city in return for a personal guarantee from the company’s president, Robert Schmidt, in the amount of $30,000.

National Community Development Week

Council proclaimed April 1–6 as National Community Development Week in the City of Cleveland Heights, and recognized all those who have helped ensure the quality and effectiveness of the Federal Community Development Block Grant program, which has been enhancing communities for 38 years. In that time, the city has received nearly $80 million.

Thermal imaging cameras

Council accepted a grant to the city’s fire department from the 2012 Assistance to Firefighters grant program of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The city will use the funds to purchase three thermal imaging cameras at a cost of $9,000 each. The city will be obligated to provide $3,600 (10 percent of the grant total) in matching funds. Thermal imaging allows firefighters to see areas of heat through smoke or darkness and locate hazards, victims, and overheated electrical wiring, among other things.

1020 Rushleigh Road

Council declared the property at 1020 Rushleigh Road to be a nuisance and authorized abatement.

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.

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