Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 12-2-2013

DECEMBER 2, 2013

  • Public comments
  • Zoning appeals
  • Nuisance properties
  • 2013 recreation programs
  • 2013 budget and 2014 appropriations
  • Lee Road improvement

Council Member Janine R. Boyd was absent.

Public comments

Thanking retiring council members: Terry Killeen of the Illuminating Company thanked Mayor Edward Kelley and Council Member Bonnie Caplan for their years of service on council and recognized their passion for the community.

Post office complaint: Resident Calvin Lampkin criticized the city’s lack of response to problems he said were caused by the post office facility on Severance Circle.

Zoning appeals

Council granted zoning code variances to:

  • David Pessar, 876-78 Helmsdale Road, permitting a two-car garage for a two-family residence.
  • Bryce and Emily Waldal, 2190 Grandview Ave., permitting construction of a driveway with a zero-foot setback from the side lot line.

Nuisance properties

Council declared two properties, 942 Brunswick Road and 3206 Sycamore Road, to be nuisances and authorized abatement.

2014 recreation programs

Council heard two ordinances regarding recreation programs on first reading. The first would authorize and approve the entertainment and recreation programs in Cain Park and other locations for the year 2014, provide for use regulations, and establish rates for the described activities. The second would establish use regulations and rates for admission and other services for Cumberland Swimming Pool, and the provision of indoor swimming programs at the Cleveland Heights High School pool for the year 2014. Both ordinances will be voted on at the Dec. 16 council meeting.

2013 budget and 2014 appropriations

Council heard two budget ordinances on first reading. The first deals with amendments to the 2013 budget to balance amounts that have increased, decreased, or been transferred between funds. The second makes appropriations for expenses of approximately $42,236,000 for the 2014 fiscal year. These will be presented and voted on at the Decc 16 council meeting.

Lee Road improvement

Council approved the improvement of Lee Road from Superior Avenue to Dellwood Road, with resurfacing and upgrading signs and signals, to be planned and completed in cooperation with Cuyahoga County using Motor Vehicle Tax Funds.

LWV Observer: Katherine Solender.

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