University Heights City Council meeting highlights 1-6-14

JANUARY 6, 2014

  • Installations, vice mayor election and appointments
  • Mayor Susan Infeld’s State of the City address
  • Anthony Coyne

All council members were present.

Installations, vice mayor election and appointments

Judge R. Patrick Kelly, retired, installed Susan Infeld as mayor. Judge K. J. Montgomery installed all the council members as well as the following reappointments [made by the mayor]:

  • Director of finance: Larry Heiser
  • Chief of police: Steve Hammett
  • Service director: Jeffrey Pokorny
  • Building commissioner: David Menn
  • Parks director: Melissa Canowitz

Susan D. Pardee was elected vice-mayor by a 4-2 vote.

The mayor reappointed the following council members to standing committees:

  • Civic Information: Nancy English, chair; Pamela Cameron and Sue Pardee, members; Steven Sims, alternate member
  • Building: Steven Sims, chair; Pamela Cameron and Mark Wiseman, members; Phillip Ertel, alternate member
  • Finance: Sue Pardee, chair; Adele Zucker and Steven Sims, members; Pamela Cameron, alternate member
  • Governmental affairs: Mark Wiseman, chair; Phillip Ertel and Nancy English, members; Sue Pardee, alternate member
  • Receation: Pamela Cameron, chair; Nancy English and Sue Pardee, members; Adele Zucker, alternate member
  • Safety: Phillip Ertel, chair; Steven Sims and Adele Zucker, members; Mark Wiseman, alternate member
  • Service and Utilities: Adele Zucker, chair; Phillip Ertel and Mark Wiseman, members; Nancy English, alternate member

The mayor also appointed Steven Sims as chair of the Board of Zoning Appeals and Nancy English as Chair of the Planning Commission.

Mayor Susan Infeld’s State of the City address

The city ended the year with a $2.2 million surplus. The mayor proposed hiring a Community Development Coordinator to enhance the city’s ability to acquire grant monies and execute business outreach. The city is actively engaged with other cities and the county to reduce costs and increase efficiencies within the different departments. New green space—a seven-acre public park on Fenwick Road—is a welcome addition to the city.

Anthony Coyne

Nancy English recognized Anthony Coyne for his alumni medal from John Carroll University and his write-up in [the school’s] quarterly journal.

LWV Observer: Michele Weiss.

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