Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 3-2-2015

MARCH 2, 2015

  • Liquor license denied
  • Zoning appeals
  • Master plan steering committee
  • Declining crime rate
  • City employee wages and salaries
  • Recreation legislation for 2015.
  • Fair Trade Town
  • Julie Alandt

Council member Jason Stein was absent.

Liquor license denied

Council unanimously denied a request to transfer a liquor sale permit from Byou Bar and Grill at 2573 Noble Road to K&A Entertainment at the same address. When presenting the resolution to deny, Council Member Mary Dunbar entered into the record a letter from the police chief outlining problems at that location. Other council members and Mayor Dennis Wilcox spoke in support of the motion. The mayor pointed out that council denial of liquor license requests was unusual.

Zoning appeals

Council approved the following requests for the board of zoning appeals:

  • Three variances to Mary and Derek Garceau, 3017 Fairmount Blvd., for driveway curb cuts, size and layout at that property.
  • A variance to Hans and Lisa Hunziker, 2964 Corydon Road, to allow construction of an addition closer to the side property line than is typical.
  • A variance to the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education to permit construction of a new stadium gateway building facing Cedar Road close to Lee Road with a 20-foot rather than 50-foot setback. This is consistent with adjacent commercial setbacks. Council Member Jeff Coryell commented on the quality of the design, which includes a courtyard that will enhance the Cedar Lee commercial district. Council Member Melissa Yasinow and Mayor Dennis Wilcox both commented that the project fits well with the district, which will undergo a new streetscape next year along with the repaving of Cedar Road in 2016.
  • Also to the school district, a setback variance for the auto tech parking lot at the Delisle Education Options Center at 14780 Superior Road.

Master plan steering committee

Council heard a first reading of a resolution defining the membership of a master plan steering committee to be appointed by council. The committee, which will comprise 11 members representing several city divisions, members-at-large, FutureHeights, the business community and the school district, will help with the city’s new master plan.

Declining crime rate

Council Member Dunbar encouraged the community to read the Heights Observer story on the [city’s] declining crime rate, and complimented the police chief for his intelligent initiatives.

City employee wages and salaries

Council heard a first reading of an ordinance that establishes wages and salary ranges for city employees. It covers all the different categories of employees. The schedule, when approved, will take effect April 1, 2015, and will repeal the schedule passed last year.

Recreation legislation for 2015

Council authorized a variety of city recreation programs and entertainment for 2015 and the fees for accessing those programs and events. Most fees will increase by 10 percent, but [the cost for] several activities will remain the same. Access to the splash park and skate park will remain free.

Council also set the rates for use of Cumberland Pool, including pool passes, swim lessons and other activities. It set aside a limited number of passes to be sold to nonresidents.

Fair Trade Town

Council heard a first reading of an ordinance that would establish the city as a Fair Trade Town and would lead by example, by purchasing, when available, fair trade-certified products. There are four local businesses that are fair trade specialists.

Julie Alandt

Mayor Wilcox thanked retiring community relations staff person Julie Alandt for her 30 years of service to the city.

LWV Observer: Susie Kaeser.

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