Joint meeting of CH City Council and the CH-UH Board of Education highlights 3-30-2015

MARCH 30, 2015

  • City council update
  • School facilities update
  • Levy
  • Intern program


Board of Education Members Kal Zucker and Eric Coble and
 Council Member Jason Stein were absent.  

City council update

Cleveland Heights Master Plan Initiative: Out of 20 applicants, Cleveland Heights was one of four cities awarded a grant to form an 11-member citizen steering committee to study the city for land use, economic development and neighborhoods. The other cities were Parma, University Heights and North Olmsted. Residents interested in serving on the committee can learn details and apply at http://www.clevelandheights.com/index.aspx?page=47&recordid=750&returnURL=%2findex.aspx%3fpage%3d1.

Cedar Lee Streetscape: Changes to the Lee Road streetscape will include islands and modified crosswalks, LED lights, and an RTA bus stop near the high school. The project will begin in May and finish by early 2016. The $3.9 million estimated cost will be funded by NOACA, the county, the Ohio EPA, and the Cedar Lee Special Improvement District.

Safe Routes to School: This program will include projects for bike racks and better crosswalks, including handicapped sidewalk ramps to be constructed after Cedar Road is repaved in 2017.

Cleveland Heights Development: Forty new businesses opened in Cleveland Heights in 2014. A receiver is in charge of Severance Town Center and looking for a new operator for the movie theater and the Walmart space. City Manager Talisa Briley attended the Mayors and Managers Association meeting in Columbus where participants discussed municipal financial shortfalls and were assured that local governments would share in Ohio’s recovery. Cleveland Heights will have a $2.5 million shortfall in 2016.

School facilities update

Plans to be presented: About 60 percent of the architectural documents are ready and all plans will be presented at the May 4 school board meeting.  

Gateway project: The high school gateway project at Lee and Cedar roads has been delayed because $200,000 can be saved if the high school and the gateway project materials are bid together. The demolition of the high school science wing should start this summer.

Career tech programs: These programs will be housed at Delisle during renovation and, except for auto tech, will move back to the high school after completion. Auto tech will stay Delisle and work to complete [the space] has begun. A new proposed career tech program for fire safety, also to be housed at Delisle, was discussed.

Wiley swing space: The construction at Wiley for housing a temporary high school is beginning and will be completed this summer. The modular units have been ordered. The board is not providing transportation to the high school, and RTA has been notified about the changes.

Levy

Issue 2, the 5.9 mill school levy, will be on the May 5 ballot.

Intern program

Area businesses will provide 20-week internships (200 hours of training) to high school students through the Ohio Career Intern program.

LWV Observers: Lillian Houser and Blanche Valancy.

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