University Heights City Council meeting 3-17-2014

March 17, 2014

  • Public comments
  • RTA
  • Street paving
  • New carpeting
  • Funds transfer
  • Salt purchase
  • Purvis Pool
  • Financial advisory committee

All council members were present.

Public comments

JCU emergency drive: Resident Richard Kenny asked why John Carroll University (JCU) was not on the agenda to present its alternative plans for the new emergency drive by Murphy Hall. Mayor Susan Infeld said JCU was expected to present on April 7, the next meeting.


RTA will be making improvements to signage and repairing or replacing bus shelters throughout the region.

Street paving

Belvoir Boulevard will be the first street to be repaved in 2014. The work will start on April 15 and continue throughout the summer.

New carpeting

New carpeting has been installed in council chambers and only a few touches remain to complete the improvements.

Funds transfer

Council approved the transfer of $25,000 from the general fund to the street lighting fund, to provide funding for 2014. The transfer from the general fund to the capital fund is to pay for the purchase of two vehicles. The transfers out of the Community Development Block Grant fund and the sick leave benefits fund back to the general fund was because these two funds were no longer needed.

Salt purchase

Council approved an agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to buy rock salt for the 2014–15 winter season. The state has added a summer-buying contract to enable cities to refill their salt barns in preparation for next winter. The city must buy all the salt it contracts for in this summer bid. Council approved the purchase of 1,000 tons of salt to be delivered to Cleveland Heights for storage. The resolution allowed for a second bid to buy 2,800 tons of salt during the winter contract. The city is required to buy at least 90 percent of the winter-bid portion. The contract must be returned to the state by April 8. These contracts authorize the state to find the lowest possible bid price on behalf of all contracting cities, so the final price is yet to be determined. So far this winter season, the city has used 3,720 tons [of salt]. Eight years ago the city reached a maximum of 4,000 tons, but then changed salting methods. In recent years the city’s salt use has averaged 2,200 tons [per year].

Purvis Pool

Council approved the purchase of chemicals to be used in Purvis Pool for the 2014 season. A consortium of 23 cities, under the leadership of Mayfield Heights, sought bids from suppliers. The lowest and best bid came from OP Aquatics, with the total cost for this summer to be between $7,000 and $8,500, depending on the weather and usage. There was a small increase over the 2013 prices.

Financial advisory committee

Councilwoman Susan Pardee announced that the members of the financial advisory committee have been selected, and include League of Women Voters member and observer Michelle Weiss. This committee will meet three times in 2014 to review the city’s finances.

LWV Observer: Wendy Deuring.

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