Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 2-3-2014

FEBRUARY 3, 2014

  • Public comments
  • Lennox/Surrey parking garage.
  • Civil Service Commission
  • Liquor licenses
  • Ambulance
  • 2014 street resurfacing
  • Turkey Ridge development
  • Building code fees increased
  • Nuisance business and properties
  • Recreation Advisory Board appointments
  • Police reports on website
  • American Heart Month
  • African American History Month

All council members were present.

Public comments

Easton Dental: Joseph Walker, a dentist with Easton Dental, invited council to the firm’s grand opening in the Severance Medical Arts Building on Feb. 9. He expressed enthusiasm for the chance to serve the Cleveland Heights community.

Janine Boyd’s candidacy: Resident Diane Hallum criticized Council Member Janine Boyd for running for her mother’s [Barbara Boyd] seat in the [state] legislature. If elected, Boyd’s replacement for the city council seat would be appointed and not elected.

Heights Community Garden Network: Samantha Provencio, director, described the new organization’s work to connect local gardeners and promote the development of community gardens. It works with the city to develop gardens on vacant lots. Information can be found at:

Emergency vote: Resident Charles Drake challenged council for placing a budget item on the agenda for action on an emergency basis. The city manager explained it was a clerical error on the printed agenda. The item will have a first reading.

Lennox/Surrey parking garage

Council authorized receipt of proposals to review strategic operations and bids for repairs for the Lennox/Surrey parking garage.

Civil Service Commission

Resident Nancy Donley was reappointed to the Civil Service Commission for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2016.

Liquor licenses

Two businesses have applied for licenses: H&T Systems at 1622 Lee Road; and a license transfer from Fitzgerald and Sons LLC at 1940–42 South Taylor Road to Nicks Bar & Grill at the same location.


Council authorized a tax-exempt lease/purchase agreement with U.S. Bancorp Government Leasing and Finance Inc., to acquire an ambulance, with a lease [cost] not to exceed $250,000.

2014 street resurfacing

Council authorized the hiring of CT Consultants as consulting engineer for support services for the 2014 street resurfacing program. The fees are not to exceed $78,000 without additional action by council.

Turkey Ridge development

Council heard a first reading for the establishment of the boundaries of the Turkey Ridge Community Reinvestment Area, which includes Kenilworth Mews and parts of Overlook and Edgehill roads. Designation as a Community Reinvestment Area will encourage reinvestment for remodeling or new construction of owner-occupied housing. The resolution introduced outlines for three different categories of investment that will enjoy tax exemptions on the value of improvements to property:

  • New construction of owner-occupied housing valued at $400,000 per unit minimum, in a project that is valued at $4 million or more, can apply for property tax exemption for 15 years.
  • New owner-occupied housing valued at $400,000 per unit minimum, in a project valued at $1.6 million, can apply for seven years of tax exemptions.
  • Rehab of existing housing with a minimum investment of $500,000 or more can apply for 10 years of tax exemptions.

The legislation also creates a five-person Community Reinvestment Area Housing Council to inspect properties that have received exemptions.

Building code fees increased

Council heard a first reading of legislation amending several sections of the building code to increase a variety of fees for permits and inspection related to property improvements.

Nuisance business and properties

Council declared the bar operating at 2573 Noble Road (The Byou) to be a nuisance, and revoked its certificate of business occupancy.

Council also declared two vacant properties in serious disrepair to be nuisances and authorized abatement by demolition. The properties are at 14321 and 14327 Superior Road.

Recreation Advisory Board appointments

Council approved four appointments to the Recreation Advisory Board: Jordan Burress, Alissa Branford, Ted Esborn and Sean Sullivan.

Police reports on website

Council Member Melissa Yasinow noted that beginning Feb. 1 police reports will be available on the city’s website.

American Heart Month

Council proclaimed February 2014 to be American Heart Month. Council Member Jeff Coryell pointed out that one in four deaths in the U.S. are caused by heart disease.

African American History Month

Council also recognized February 2014 as National African American History Month. Coryell explained the roots of the celebration, which Carter Woodson started in 1926. The month is a chance to reaffirm commitment to our diversity, explore cultural and spiritual contributions of African Americans, and to foster harmony.

LWV Observer: Susie Kaeser.

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