Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 8-6-2014

AUGUST 6, 2014

  • Public comments
  • City manager purchases
  • Fall/winter recreation regulations
  • Upcoming community events
  • Community Improvement Awards
  • Cedar Road resurfacing in 2017
  • Outstanding Neighbor Award
  • Commission on Aging appointees

All council members were present.

Public comments

Resident Marjorie Clark asked about city plans to manage deer, [and noted that] while coyotes seem to be reducing the population, they are a threat to pets. She proposed that the city offer people free fencing to keep out deer and try birth control. Susanna Niermann O’Neil, assistant city manager, explained that the city is working with other communities to survey deer population size. At this time, no plans exist for controlling the population.

City manager purchases

Niermann O’Neil reported on 10 checks, in amounts ranging from $13,500 to $45,000, written by the city manager for services rendered. These included purchases of fuel, oil, electricity, sidewalk repairs, HVAC replacement at Fire Station 7, and the Arlo Guthrie concert at Cain Park. [The city manager has the authority to write checks up to $50,000 without council approval.]

Fall/winter recreation regulations

Council approved the rates and regulations for recreation programs starting this fall. This covers the ice rink, recreation center, and youth and adult sports leagues. Council extended eligibility to the families of people who work in the city, and raised the fee for adult passes to use the field house at the recreation center.

Upcoming community events

Council Member Jeff Coryell encouraged residents to use the programs at the recreation center; to attend events at Cain Park, which closes on Aug. 17 with the free “Heights Got Talent” show; and to participate in the many community events, including the FutureHeights annual meeting on Aug. 20 at 3077 Mayfield Road [the former Pontiac dealership, now being repurposed by Motorcars]. The meeting will feature Cleveland Heights resident Wayne Mortensen who will speak on “What’s Next for the Heights? Leveraging Our Strengths to Confront Challenges.”

Community Improvement Awards

Nominations for Community Improvement Awards will be accepted until Labor Day. Residents can visit the city website to nominate a neighbor who is doing a great job of maintaining his or her home.

Cedar Road resurfacing in 2017

Council authorized a contract with CT Consultants to provide design and bidding services for the 2017 resurfacing of Cedar Road. The fees will depend on the actual cost of construction, which has not yet been defined. Council approved fees not to exceed $166,500 without written authorization by the city manager.

Outstanding Neighbor Award

Council Member Jason Stein recognized Chris Riethmiller of Montford Road as the August winner of Stein’s “Outstanding Neighbor Award.”

Commission on Aging appointees

Council appointed five residents to serve on the Commission on Aging for terms ending May 31, 2018: Jeanne Diamond, Paul Henfield, Dolores Spence, Joan McKinstry and Joan Organ.

LWV Observer: Susie Kaeser.

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