Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 4-15-13

APRIL 15, 2013

  • Cleveland Heights poet laureate
  • Citizen communication
  • Wine Spot Liquor license
  • Recycling brochure
  • Road salt
  • Sponsor signs at athletic events
  • Police vehicle purchases
  • Employee dental program

All council members were present.

Cleveland Heights poet laureate

Kathleen Cerveny is the new poet laureate of Cleveland Heights, designated as such by Heights Arts, which designed and administers the poet laureate program. Peggy Spaeth, outgoing director of Heights Arts, introduced previous poets laureate and then Cerveny, who read two short poems she had written about Cleveland Heights. Following this, all council members and the city manager spoke in tribute to Spaeth on her retirement, and presented her with a card and a bag of Cleveland Heights items.

Citizen communication

A twenty-six year resident of Altamont Road complained about her estimated income taxes for 2013 and a penalty she was charged, which she felt was wrong. She brought the claim to council after a RITA employee, who the resident said was rude, told her that council assessed the taxes. Mayor Edward Kelley explained the relationship between the city and RITA, and referred her to Finance Director Thomas Raguz. The resident was grateful and praised the Cleveland Heights police, as well.

Wine Spot Liquor license

The city received one notice from the Ohio Department of Liquor Control regarding an application to serve alcohol on an outdoor patio at The Wine Spot, 2271 Lee Road, 44118.

Recycling brochure

Council authorized acceptance of a 2013 Community Recycling Awareness Grant for $2,985 from the Cuyahoga Solid Waste Management District. This will be used to produce a brochure promoting recycling, to be enclosed with water bills.

Road salt

Council authorized the purchase of road salt for a one-year period.

Sponsor signs at athletic events

Council heard a first reading of two ordinances that would authorize the planning commission to approve sponsor signs at athletic fields and events. The first ordinance would allow approval of a sponsor scoreboard sign accessory to an athletic field under specified conditions, and the second would allow approval of temporary sponsor signs during an athletic event under specified conditions, including mounting and removal on the day of the event. The Planning Commission will hold a hearing on these ordinances and a public hearing will take place on Tuesday, May 28, at 7 p.m. in council chambers.

Police vehicle purchases

Council approved purchases of police vehicles through the Ohio Department of Administrative Services Cooperative Purchasing Program, including:

  • Five new 2013 Dodge Chargers with necessary options for $135,000.
  • Two new 2013 Police Utility Vehicles with necessary options for $66,000. These will be the first of this type in Cleveland Heights and will include first responder equipment.

Employee dental program

Council authorized an agreement with Employee Benefits Consultants to administer the city’s self-funded dental program for Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2013, through Dente-Max network. This program will realize significant savings for the city and its employees.

LWV Observer: Blanche Valancy.

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 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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