Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 1-20-2015

JANUARY 20, 2015

  • Public comments
  • Liquor license denied
  • Property demolition
  • Fire rescue
  • Planning commission appointments
  • Policeman saves a woman’s life
  • Bridge and culvert inspection

All council members were present.

Public comments

Drug court programs: Resident Darrell Jackson spoke on behalf of the Cleveland Municipal Court’s drug court and encouraged the City of Cleveland Heights to participate in the programs available through the court for cases involving drugs or alcohol. A major federal grant has enabled the court to serve suburban communities as well as the City of Cleveland.

Liquor license denied

Council rejected an application for a liquor license for Nicks Bar and Grill at 1940 S. Taylor Road. Previous violence and disruption at that location made the application unacceptable.

Property demolition

Council declared five properties to be blighted and health and safety hazards warranting abatement in the form of demolition:

  • 2796 Coleridge Road
  • 13074 Cedar Road
  • 3249 DeSota Ave.
  • 3366 Henderson Road
  • 1030 Renfield Road

Council Member Jeff Coryell explained that council received a complete review of the legal history of the properties, and photographs that provide evidence of the level of dilapidation that justifies action. A county program funds the demolition.

Fire rescue

Council Member Jason Stein acknowledged the heroic efforts of Firefighter Hayworth, who rescued a wheelchair-bound man from his burning home.

Planning commission appointments

Council approved three new appointments to the planning commission:

  • Adam Howe, for a term ending Dec. 31, 2020
  • Jessica Cohen, for a term ending Dec. 31, 2020
  • Anthony Mattox Jr. for a partial term ending Dec. 31, 2016

Council expressed gratitude to departing commission members Diana Woodbridge, James Kaul and Cassandra Johnson.

Policeman saves a woman’s life

Council Member Melissa Yasinow expressed gratitude to Police Officer Penhollow for a heroic gesture that saved the life of a woman who lost consciousness while driving.

Bridge and culvert inspection

Council authorized the city’s enrollment in an Ohio Department of Transportation-funded program to inspect bridges and culverts to ensure they meet Ohio standards.

LWV Observer: Susie Kaeser.

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