University Heights City Council meeting highlights 5-6-2013

MAY 6, 2013

  • Recognition to Gesu students
  • Road salt purchase
  • Fund transfer postponed
  • Equipment purchase
  • Executive session
  • Contract reviews
  • Fire department training
  • Tree planting
  • School plans

Councilwoman Susan D. Pardee was absent.

Recognition to Gesu students

Mayor Susan Infeld presented sixth and seventh grade Gesu students a certificate for placing second in the state for the Destination Imagination Competition. The students will now go on to the international competition this month in Tennessee. The mayor also presented a certificate to a Gesu sixth grader for placing first in the Future Problem Solving International Competition. She will travel to Indiana for the International competition in June.

Road salt purchase

Council authorized an agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), Office of Contracts, to purchase road salt for the 2013–14 winter season. The service director stated that the city has, for several years, purchased rock salt from ODOT, which has been very competitive in its pricing. The city uses about 3,000 tons per year. Last year the price per ton was $34.02. Cleveland Heights lets University Heights use the Cleveland Heights storage space.

Fund transfer postponed

A vote on authorization of the transfer of funds from the general fund to the pension fund was postponed until the next meeting because it was not written correctly on the agenda.

Equipment purchase

Council authorized the purchase of two 20-ton vehicle wheel lifts for the service department. The service director explained that currently the department is using wooden ramps or jacks to lift vehicles up. It is a safety hazard and does not lift the vehicles high enough for repairs.

Executive session

Council voted to hold an executive session immediately following this meeting for the purpose of discussing legal matters.

Contract reviews

Anthony J. Coyne, law director, stated that three contracts were being reviewed: the joint Shaker Heights resurface project, the purchase of rock salt from ODOT, and the reverse 911 call system CODE RED.

Fire department training

The fire chief reported that [the department is] training in the old Fuchs Mizrachi building before it is torn down. Also, Tri-C is going to conduct a firefighter safety and survivor course.

Tree planting

The service director reported that all but ten of 120 trees have been planted.

School plans

Councilman Phillip Ertel discussed the draft of the facilities plan for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District, which will be presented to the board of education on May 7. The board does not have to abide by the recommendations. The draft currently states that Gearity Elementary School remains functional, the board of education and district administration remains in place, and the Wiley Middle School building will be used as a school until renovations and a new school are complete. There will be a bond issue for 6.46 mills on the November ballot, which would mean an increase of $198 per year on a $100,000 house. The bond issue needs to pass in order to be able to receive a grant from the state.

LWV Observer: Michele Weiss.

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