University Heights City Council meeting highlights 9-3-2013


  • Citizen comments
  • City park
  • Assessments
  • Safety employees’ contracts
  • Stormwater management
  • Tree pruning and removal
  • Purchases

All council members were present.

Citizen comments

Citation complaint:Resident Michael Brennen protested that a notice to mow his lawn was unfair. His said the notice was unreadable because it had been smeared by rain, he received a bill for the mowing, and the city has been unresponsive to his complaints.

City park

The demolition of the former Fuchs Mizrachi School is three-quarters done and Mayor Susan Infeld said she expects the city to have a park on the site by spring.


Council enacted several assessments on emergency including:

  • A special assessment on all designated properties served by streetlights at the rate of 70 cents per front foot.
  • A special assessment for improving University Heights streets by the spraying, planting, maintaining, and removing of shade trees (with one no vote from Marc Wiseman).
  • A supplementary assessment on property for the purpose of establishing a sewer fund to maintain, repair, and reconstruct the sewerage system and waterlines within the city.

[At this point the council went into executive session. The Observer was unable to stay for the part of the meeting held afterwards. Information on the remainder of the proceedings was learned through council minutes.]

Further assessments

Two more pieces of legislation regarding assessments were approved on emergency after the council returned from executive session: an ordinance partially abating and authorizing the collection of the balance of the special assessments for 2014 on certain parcels within the city, and an ordinance levying special assessments for providing city services in the removal of nuisance conditions at various locations throughout the city.

Safety employees’ contracts

On emergency, council authorized contract wage reopener agreements between the city and the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association and the International Association of Fire Fighters, local 974, setting forth the rate of compensation and benefits and conditions of employment for members of these bargaining units.

Stormwater management

Council authorized a service agreement with the regional stormwater management program [of] The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District.

Tree pruning and removal

Council awarded a contract for phase two of 2013 citywide tree pruning and removal and approved advertising for bids for phase three.


Council authorized the purchase of a 2013 Ford F-550 truck for the service department and a Data 911 M7 Mobile Data System for the police department.

LWV Observer: Carol Gibson.

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