Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 10-7-13

OCTOBER 7, 2013

  • Citizen comments
  • Liquor licenses
  • Labor agreements
  • Recreation Advisory appointments
  • Awareness Months: domestic violence, breast cancer
  • CDBG application
  • Lee Boulevard waterline replacement
  • Natural Gas Aggregation Program
  • Leaf pickup
  • Zoning variances
  • Lopez loan agreement
  • Youth Advisory Commission

All council members were present. 

Citizen comments

Church anniversary: Resident James Moore and two other representatives of New Song Church, located at 15 Severance Circle, noted the church’s upcoming 20th-anniversary celebration on Saturday, Oct.12.

Cain Park dog project: Resident Carrie Whitehouse, representing the Cain Park Neighborhood Association, discussed the success of the Cain Park dog project. The pilot program, running from April 15 to Oct. 15, 2013, allows leashed dogs in the park. In response, Mayor Kelley announced that council will make the program permanent.

Turkey Ridge, council member’s Mentor property: Resident Diane Hallum commended City Manager Tanisha Briley for the work she has been doing since her arrival in August, asked about plans for developing the Turkey Ridge property [the hillside where Edgehill Road descends to Little Italy], and inquired how long Council Member Bonnie Caplan has lived in Mentor. To the latter question, Caplan replied that, although she owns property in Mentor, she lives in Cleveland Heights.

Liquor licenses

A notice from the Ohio Department of Liquor Control advised that Futures Sports Bar & Lounge LLC (doing business as Futures Sports Bar & Lounge) has applied to transfer D1, D2, D3 and D3A permits from Brylins Inc. (doing business as Best Kept Secret Bar & Grill) [to] the premises located at 1932 S. Taylor Road, first floor and basement, 44118.

Labor agreements

Council approved the incorporation into an existing ordinance of terms of the labor agreements with the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association representing police department employees for the period from April 1, 2013 through March 31, 2015.

Recreation Advisory appointments

Council approved the appointments of James J. Costello, Edward Esborn and Sean Sullivan to the city’s recreation advisory board.

Awareness Months: domestic violence, breast cancer

Council proclaimed October 2013 to be Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Likewise, council proclaimed October 2013 as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month; Oct. 13 as Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day; and Oct. 18 as National Mammography Day.

CDBG application

Council authorized submission of the city’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application for the year beginning Jan.1, 2014. The city has participated in the program for decades, and the funds, more than $1.3 million, are considered essential for low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, their residents, and the businesses that provide services to them.

Lee Boulevard waterline replacement

Council authorized an agreement with Mackay Engineering & Surveying Company for engineering and surveying services for the Lee Boulevard waterline replacement project between Burlington Road and Forest Hills Boulevard. The cost for these services is not to exceed $17,385.

Natural Gas Aggregation Program

Council Member Bonnie Caplan advised property owners that a letter will be arriving soon regarding the city’s natural gas aggregation program with Integrys Energy Services. The city’s gas consumers are automatically included in the program unless they opt out. 

Leaf pickup

Pickup of loose leaves will begin Oct. 29. Residents were reminded to pile leaves on their tree lawns, not in the street.

Zoning variances

Two requested zoning code variances were granted to:

  • Tom and Laurel Moorman, 2244 Harcourt Drive, to permit a new one-story, two-car detached garage while maintaining an existing attached two-car garage.
  • Council Gardens, 2501 North Taylor Road, to permit a circulation drive to be relocated two feet from the rear property line.

Lopez loan agreement

Council authorized changes in the commercial loan agreement with Lee Road Partners Too Ltd. (Lopez SouthWest Kitchen & Tequila Saloon). The borrower has requested that the term and payment schedule of the agreement be amended to reflect the seasonal nature of [the restaurant’s] revenue.

Youth Advisory Commission

Council appointed 12 returning and eight new student members to the Cleveland Heights Youth Advisory Commission. Adult members include Quintero Mack, Cleveland Heights police officer; James Moore, recreation board member; and new member Faith Gordon, social worker for the Mosaic Small School at Cleveland Heights High School. The first meeting of the commission for the upcoming 2013–14 school year will take place Oct. 15.

LWV Observer: Katherine Solender.

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