Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 11-17-2014

NOVEMBER 17, 2014

  • Public comments
  • HVAC contract
  • Leaf pickup delay 
  • Phoenix Coffee and coffee rating
  • County health services
  • Efficiency training
  • Norfolk Road fire
  • Free parking
  • Dec. 13 shopping

Council Member Janine R. Boyd was absent.

Public comment

Dolly Parton Imagination Library: Resident John Davies, representing the Heights Family Foundation, an early childhood literacy program, said that the foundation is bringing the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to Cleveland Heights, University Heights and Shaker Heights. Children from birth to five years old can be registered to receive one book per month mailed to their homes. Interested residents can register at or call 216-307-READ (7323).

Auditor’s award: John Cory, the regional representative for State Auditor David Yost, presented the Auditor of State Award with Distinction to Tom Raguz, finance director, and the finance department for a “clean” audit report. Only the top 5 percent of cities receive this honor.

HVAC contract

The city awarded a contract to Gardiner, a heating and cooling company which presented the lower of two bids, for maintenance of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment.

Leaf pickup delay 

Due to the snowstorm, leaf pickup, which was already one and a half days behind, will continue into December as necessary to collect twice from each street.

Phoenix Coffee and coffee rating

Travel and Leisure magazine has named Cleveland the number 16 best coffee city, citing Phoenix Coffee.

County health services

Council renewed an agreement with the Cuyahoga County General Health District for provision of basic public health services to Cleveland Heights at a fee of $180,794 for 2015. Mayor Dennis Wilcox thanked the health district for its work, especially for recent Ebola training. 

Efficiency training

Council authorized application to the Ohio Development Services Agency for grant funding under the Local Government Innovation Fund program to implement employee efficiency training programs. This grant will bring up to $100,000 with no matching funds required.

Norfolk Road fire

Council Member Melissa Yasinow commended the teamwork of the fire, police and public works departments on an early morning fire on Norfolk Road from which a trapped resident was rescued.

Free parking

There will be free weekend parking across the city from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day.

Dec. 13 shopping

The Cedar-Lee commercial district will have a Holiday Stroll on Dec. 13. A shuttle will run to the Coventry district for festivities there.

LWV Observer: Blanche Valancy.

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