LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights [online 2-16-2016]

FEBRUARY 16, 2016

  • Public comments
  • Pedestrian and bicycle access project
  • Master plan
  • School ratings and rallies
  • Citizen appointment to CAC
  • City finances

Council Member Kahlil Seren was absent.

Public comments

Complaint about neighbors: Cheyenne Toole described issues she has been having with her neighbors on Nela View Road.

Vandemar rezoning: Three residents, Jill Tatum, C. J. Nash and Sara Lee, expressed opposition to the proposed rezoning of two homes on Vandemar Street in order to construct a gas station and convenience store. Mayor Cheryl Stephens expressed appreciation for the residents’ well-mannered, thoughtful comments. She stated that council is committed to listening [to residents] and to finding a solution that is in the city’s best interest. She emphasized the importance of following a fair and legal process, and announced that there will be a public hearing on the Circle K request for redevelopment on March 3, 6:30 p.m., in council chambers.

Pedestrian and bicycle access project

Council authorized the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to complete a project for improving pedestrian and bicycle access for schoolchildren within Cleveland Heights.

Master plan

Mary Dunbar, committee chair, noted that a meeting on Feb. 23 will be the first opportunity for public input on the city’s master plan, which is being developed by a team of residents in conjunction with the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission. The plan’s section on current conditions will be reviewed, and residents will be invited to provide feedback and set priorities for vision statements and strategic development areas. 

School ratings and rallies

Dunbar reported that the city’s public schools will receive their ratings from the state on Feb. 17. This is not always a happy occasion, so parents and residents are organizing rallies at the schools with the theme, “We’re More than a Score,” since many believe current state tests are biased and the results don’t accurately reflect what is happening in the schools.

Citizen appointment to CAC

Council appointed resident Gail Larson to the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) for a term ending Dec. 31.

City finances

Mayor Stephens closed the meeting by noting that the city is beginning a new fiscal year in good financial health. She attributed this to the residents’ commitment to the community.

LWV Observer: Katherine Solender.

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