LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS/ Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights [online 1-4-2016]

JANUARY 4, 2016

  • Council members sworn in
  • New mayor and vice mayor
  • Jeff Coryell resignation
  • New council committee assignments
  • Liquor license transfer
  • Issue 32 public hearing
  • Commencement of a new council

All council members were present.

Council members sworn in

Mary Dunbar, Kahlil Seren and Carol Roe, who were elected to council on Nov. 3, 2015, were sworn in.

New mayor and vice mayor

Council elected Cheryl Stephens to be mayor and outgoing Mayor Dennis Wilcox administered the oath of office to Stephens. Jason Stein was elected vice mayor. He was sworn in by State Representative (and former council member) Janine Boyd.

Jeff Coryell resignation

Council accepted the resignation of Council Member Coryell, effective 5 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2015.

New council committee assignments

Mayor Stephens announced committee memberships for each council standing committee:

  • Administrative Services: Carol Roe will be chair and Mary Dunbar, a member.
  • Community Relations and Recreation: Melissa Yasinow will be vice chair and Kahlil Seren, a member.
  • Finance: Jason Stein will be chair; Mary Dunbar, vice chair; and Melissa Yasinow, a member.
  • Municipal Services: Melissa Yasinow will be chair and Carol Roe, vice chair.
  • Planning and Development: Mary Dunbar will be chair; Kahlil Seren, vice chair; and Jason Stein, a member.
  • Public Safety and Health: Kahlil Seren will be chair; Jason Stein, vice chair; and Carol Roe, a member.

Chair of Community Relations and Recreation, vice chair of Administrative Services, and the third member of Municipal Services are temporarily unassigned.

Liquor license transfer

The Ohio Department of Liquor Control notified council of an application made by Cedar Lee Property LLC, 2179 Lee Road, to transfer D5 and D6 permits from Best Thai Inc., doing business as Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine, 2179 Lee Road.

Issue 32 public hearing

Mayor Stephens announced that, in keeping with the passage of Issue 32 in November 2013, a public hearing will be held Thursday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. in the council chamber regarding the political influence of corporate entities.

Commencement of a new council

During the meeting, Mayor Stephens and each council member made brief remarks, in turn. At the end of the meeting, Mayor Stephens recognized Ronald Smith, who sang “Wind Beneath My Wings.” A reception followed adjournment of the meeting.

LWV Observer: Katherine Solender.

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