University Heights City Council Meeting 10-21-2013

OCTOBER 21, 2013

  • Leaf pickup
  • Emergency notification
  • Hazardous waste collection
  • New park
  • Halloween
  • Washington/Baintree Tree Pruning
  • Funding for street paving
  • Nuisance abatement penalties
  • Major trash removal
  • Sales of shopping centers

All council members were present.

Leaf pickup

Leaf pickup began Oct. 15 and will continue until Dec. 15.

Emergency notification

Residents will need to sign up again for the emergency notification phone system. Although the new system is from the same provider, phone numbers cannot be transferred over.

Hazardous waste collection

The annual hazardous waste collection and paper-shredding event is scheduled for Nov. 1 and 2.

New park

The park committee is continuing to meet to discuss options for the new park at the site of the Fuchs Mizrachi School.


Trick or Treating will be held on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 6–8 p.m.

Washington/Baintree Tree Pruning

Council approved an agreement with Valo Tree Service of Chardon for the 2013–14 Washington/Baintree Tree Pruning and Removal project, with a bid of $13,497. Five bids were received to provide necessary care to 338 designated trees in the northeast quadrant of the city.

Funding for street paving

Council authorized the mayor to seek funding from the Ohio Public Works Commission State Public Works Program to pave Washington Boulevard and Silsby Road along the block in front of city hall and extending from Miramar Boulevard to Belvoir Boulevard. Washington Boulevard was last paved in 1994. The projected cost is $600,000.

Nuisance abatements penalties

Council approved changing the penalty from 5 percent of the contractor’s fee for nuisance abatements, to a flat fee of $100 for the first offense in a calendar year and $200 for [each subsequent] offense. Councilmen Wiseman and Sims voted no, [stating] that a penalty of $100 on the first offense was excessive and didn’t allow for mistakes and misunderstandings.

Major trash removal

Council unanimously approved changing the penalty from 5 percent of the contractor’s fee for major trash removal (beyond what a scooter can carry) to a flat fee of $300 for the first offense in a calendar year and $500 for [each subsequent] offense. There are times when people who move away leave an excessive amount of trash behind, including large pieces of furniture in the driveway or yard. The fee is intended to encourage residents to rent a dumpster or hire a hauling service.

Sales of shopping centers

Law Director Anthony J. Coyne noted that Inland [Retail Properties of America] sold the University Square shopping center and bought the Cedar Center shopping center.

LWV Observer: Wendy Deuring.

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