University Heights City Council meeting highlights 12-2-2013

DECEMBER 2, 2013

  • Public comments
  • Park planning meeting
  • Wiley Middle School’s closing
  • Honorees
  • Nancy English sworn in
  • Assessment fines
  • Fire department
  • Fuchs Mizrachi demolition
  • Ford pickup purchase
  • Lettering on police cars
  • Search for fire chief
  • Leaf pickup
  • Tree trimming
  • Dunkin Donuts
  • Murphy Hall
  • Waterline project and paving
  • School facilities oversight

All council members were present.

Public comments

Nancy English: A resident congratulated Nancy English on her election to council.

Police: A resident thanked the police department for the no-right-hand turn on Bushnell from the McDonalds. Two residents asked why the police cars do not have University Heights displayed more prominently. The police chief responded to this question later in the meeting.

McDonald’s: A resident complimented McDonald’s on its landscaping.

Park planning meeting

A committee will meet on Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. to discuss plans for the park at the former Fuchs Mizrachi School site. Preliminary plans of the park will be posted on the [city’s] website.

Wiley Middle School’s closing

On Dec. 16 at 7 p.m., the school district will hold a meeting in the Heights High Social Room to discuss closing Wiley Middle School and how the district will relocate students to Monticello and Roxboro middle schools next school year.

Honorees

At the next meeting, Councilwoman Frankie Goldberg will be honored as the city’s public servant of the year. Bob Walton will be honored as citizen of the year. He is a magistrate and counsels first-time youth offenders in the city.

Nancy English sworn in

Nancy English was sworn in as a new councilwoman for a two-year term, filling the seat to which Mark Wiseman had been appointed following the death of a councilman. Wiseman ran for and won a four-year term for the seat being vacated by Frankie Goldberg.Therefore, Wiseman will resume his duties as councilman on Jan. 1.

Assessment fines

Council approved five resident assessment fines to be added to residents’ property taxes by Dec. 15.

Fire department

Council approved the purchase of three bay garage doors for the fire department at a cost of $12,309. The building commissioner obtained three bids and recommended Action Door as offering the lowest price. The company has done other jobs for the city. These doors will be more energy efficient and have clear glass. Shaker Heights and Bainbridge [fire departments] have similar style doors.

Fuchs Mizrachi demolition

Council authorized a change order in the amount of $8,410.50 for the Fuchs Mizrachi building demolition because a crawl space filled with pipes and asbestos was found during the demolition.

Ford pickup purchase

Council authorized the purchase of a 2014 Ford F250 pickup truck. The money is currently in the budget. The service director received bids from the state purchase program and Lebanon Ford had the lowest bid.

Lettering on police cars

The police chief addressed the earlier question regarding lettering on police cars. He stated that the cars’ design must be in compliance with the Ohio Revised Code, and said he felt the city had done its best to accommodate that in the design.

Search for fire chief

The search has opened for a new fire chief, and many resumes have been submitted.

Leaf pickup

The fourth round of leaf pickup was completed, and the final round will be completed by Dec. 15.

Tree trimming

Councilwoman Goldberg asked about tree trimming. The service director said that the arborist looks at every tree and determines how to prune the tree to ensure the strongest growth and safety. A suggestion was made to [identify in] the [city] newsletter those quadrants of the city [in which trees] will be pruned.

Dunkin Donuts

The building commissioner stated that Dunkin Donuts will break ground in early spring.

Murphy Hall

The Murphy Hall renovation at John Carroll University is on schedule.

Waterline project and paving

The city engineer stated that the waterline project has been completed, and he is not sure if another project will be done next year. He has not heard back about paving Washington Boulevard and Silsby Road, but he should know by mid-December.

School facilities oversight

Councilwoman Sue Pardee said the school district budget oversight committee for the facilities renovation is being formed, and if a resident wants to participate, he or she should view [information on] the [district] website at www.chuh.org.

LWV Observer: Michele Weiss.

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