Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 11-3-2014

NOVEMBER 3, 2014

  • Public comments
  • Liquor license transfer
  • LGBTQ anti-discrimination legislation
  • Fall public works
  • CDBG program
  • Zoning variances
  • Nuisance properties
  • Dental and health programs
  • Upcoming events
  • Free parking weekends over the holidays

Council Member Jason Stein was absent.

Public comments

Police academy for citizens: Resident Bill Braun gave an enthusiastic report about his participation in the police academy training for citizens. He was among 18 graduates of the 36-hour program led by Captain Barnard. He said the training was complete and professional. Graduates are now planning ways to be of service to the academy, the police department, and the community.

New resident satisfaction: Rev. Joe Cherry, a newcomer to the community, expressed satisfaction with Cleveland Heights and the value of the Cleveland Heights app [Access Cleveland Heights].

Bike found: A Rydalmount Road resident reported that, on Oct. 17, he found a valuable bicycle in his backyard; the police responded immediately.

Liquor license transfer

Ohio Department of Liquor Control received a request to transfer a liquor sale permit from Aditi, Ltd. to a new owner, Shreehari, on Taylor. Both are for Mike’s Convenient Mart at 1929 Taylor Road.

LGBTQ anti-discrimination legislation

On a third reading, council unanimously approved legislation expanding the jurisdiction of the Fair Practices Board to hear complaints concerning discrimination in housing, employment, education and public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity, making them protected classes. The legislation also creates a complaint officer to conduct preliminary investigations and increase the efficiency of the Fair Practices Board. State and federal law do not include these protected classes. Before casting their votes, each council member expressed support for the process that led to the legislation and the quality and significance of the result.

Additionally, council approved a resolution, also after a third reading, calling for the Ohio General Assembly to approve pending legislation to protect Ohioans from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Fall public works

Council Member Mary Dunbar encouraged residents to consult the city map, available on the city’s website, that shows the leaf collection schedule [look under “Public Works, Leaf Collection”].Other fall projects include the planting of 150 new trees by the forestry department, and the resurfacing of eight parking lots.

CDBG program

Council approved submission of an application to the Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. This is the 41st year the city has participated in this grant program. The city is expected to receive about $1,482,995. The application includes a five-year plan for meeting the housing needs of low- and moderate-income residents. Three nonprofits will receive CDBG funds for the first time: Lake Erie Ink, FutureHeights, and Gesher.

Zoning variances

Council granted zoning requests to:

  • Eliyahu and Yehudis Newman on 3488 Bendemeer Road for a variance in the setback requirement for an addition to the house.
  • Robert and Hope Wright of 3437 Bradford Road to add an ornamental fence and a wood fence to their corner lot.

Nuisance properties

Council declared four properties to be nuisances and authorized abatement: two parcels at 3344 Beechwood Ave., and one each at 3413 Desota Ave. and 3740 Lowell Road. In each case the owners had failed to maintain the properties after multiple citations for violations. The properties were seriously deteriorated and a blight to the community.

Dental and health programs

Council authorized the hire of EBSO Inc. to administer the city’s self-funded dental program for 2015. Council also authorized a contract with HealthSpan for group medical and hospital insurance for city employees and their families for 2015.

Upcoming events

Council Member Jeff Coryell promoted upcoming events including:

  • Heights Coalition for Public Education forum, The Myth of Failing Public Schools, Nov.10, 7 p.m.
  • Sustainability in the Heights, Past, Present, and Future, 6:30–8 p.m., Nov. 12 at Nighttown
  • HCC forum, Exploring Diversity Through Age, Nov. 14, 7 p.m., Heights Library

Free parking weekends over the holidays

Mayor Dennis Wilcox urged residents to take advantage of free parking to be available on weekends from Thanksgiving to New Year’s, and to “shop local.”

LWV Observer: Susie Kaeser.

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