Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 6-2-2014

JUNE 2, 2014

  • Purchases authorized by the city manager
  • Multifunction printer purchase
  • Truck cab and chassis purchase
  • Zoning variances
  • Police dispatchers’ labor agreement
  • LGBT pride month
  • Community Development Block Grant funds
  • Hyde Park Avenue wins award
  • Meet the Police

All council members were present.

Purchases authorized by the city manager

City Manager Tanisha Briley detailed some purchases to council members for their information, including utilities, printing, the annual water leak survey, road paint, and new turnout gear for the fire department.

Multifunction printer lease

Council authorized an agreement with MT Business Technologies to lease and service 26 multifunction printers for the next four years at a cost not to exceed $119,710. These will replace many old scanners, printers and fax machines.

Truck cab and chassis purchase

Council authorized an agreement with Rush Truck Center for the acquisition of a truck cab and chassis for the public works department, at a cost not to exceed $93,838. The forestry department will use the truck for removal of trees and logs. A crane will be attached later.

Zoning variances

Council awarded zoning variances to:

  • The Orleans Company, 14 through 17 Kenilworth Mews, to permit spacing between two walls to be 15 feet where 29 feet is required.
  • Ben Kuester and Laura Cooperman, 12945 Cedar Road, to permit construction of three enclosed parking spaces.
  • James and Shelly Haas, 2656 Berkshire Road, to permit a 6-foot-tall metal fence in a corner side yard to surround a pool, set back 4 feet from the Overlook Lane right-of-way. This was amended to provide that the fence be kept transparent before it was passed.

Police dispatchers’ labor agreement

Council amended the wage and salary ordinance to add a new section to provide the terms, conditions and benefits of employment for the police dispatchers through March 2016, as set forth in the tentative labor agreement between the Fraternal Order of Police, Ohio Labor Council Inc., and the city.

LGBT pride month

Council declared June 2014 to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. Cleveland Heights will join many communities and organizations across the United States to celebrate LGBT pride and to recognize the significance that LGBT Americans have made throughout our nation’s history.

Community Development Block Grant funds

Council approved the following allocations of Community Development Block Grant funds:

  • $16,500 to the Center for Families and Children for assistance with its Pinpoint Program at the RapArt Center. The Pinpoint Alternative While on Suspension Program is targeted to middle school students who are suspended from Cleveland Heights schools. The program’s objectives are to provide a positive, structured environment for students while [they are] suspended from school, and to provide support services, which will enable [them] to make more positive life choices.
  • $7,000 to the Cleveland Tenants Organization for assistance with its telephone information services. The Cleveland Tenants Organization provides advice and assistance to tenants and landlords in the greater Cleveland area regarding housing matters.
  • $9,460 to the Heights Emergency Food Center for the payment of operating expenses.
  • $35,200 to the Heights Youth Club (HYC) for assistance with its Project Learn: The Educational Enhancement Program. HYC is a nonprofit corporation with the mission to provide a positive and safe environment for youth to learn and develop skills related to education, interpersonal growth and community involvement.

Hyde Park Avenue wins award

Mayor Dennis Wilcox congratulated the residents of Hyde Park Avenue for winning Channel 5’s Building A Better Neighborhood Award.

Meet the Police

The Meet the Police program held on the first Thursday of each month will henceforth be held at the police academy at Noble Road and Monticello Boulevard.

LWV Observer: Blanche Valancy.

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