LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights [online 4-4-2016]
APRIL 4, 2016
- Public comments
- Bids accepted
- Liquor license
- Citizen appointments
- City bonds issued
- Building codes
- Bicycle Friendly Communities
- Women Out Walking
All council members were present.
Landscaping project: Resident Laura Marks spoke about a tree planting and sustainable landscaping project along Superior Road between Taylor Road and Washington Boulevard.
Noble Neighborhood Community Home and Yard Sale:Resident Pat Brim spoke about this [series of events] from May 13 through15. Information is available at www.nobleneighbors.com.
Council approved a bid from J.D. Striping & Services Inc. for 2016 pavement striping ($75,070.30), and a bid from S.E.T. Inc. for the Lee Road streetscape ($3,496,417.58). County, state and federal grants are funding the streetscape project.
The Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control received an application for a new D3 permit from Cafe Bon Appetit Inc., doing business as Cafe Bon Appetit, 2767 Euclid Heights Blvd.
Council made the following appointments to citizen committees:
- Citizens Advisory Committee: Bradley Eckert, Dawn Ellis, T. Nadas and Robin Koslen for terms ending December 2016.
- Transportation Advisory Committee: Jeff Bendix, Sam Bell and Gayle Lewin for terms ending December 2017.
- Recreation Advisory Board: Jane Williams for a term ending December 2019.
Council proclaimed the following [for the city of Cleveland Heights]:
- April 2016 as National Poetry Month.
- March 28–April 2 as National Community Development Week.
- April as Fair Housing Month, joining with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and other communities throughout the nation, and reaffirming the city’s commitment to open housing.
- April 10–16 as National Library Week.
City bonds issued
Council approved the issuance and sale of bonds for the city’s 2016 capital improvement program. These include:
- $125,000 for acquiring and improving motor vehicles and related equipment for the fire department.
- $110,000 for acquiring motor vehicles and related equipment for the police department.
- $205,000 for acquiring and installing computer hardware, software, and related equipment for the city’s management and administrative functions.
- $375,000 for acquiring motor vehicles and equipment for the public works department.
- $785,000 for resurfacing and other improvements to city-owned parking lots and driveways.
Council also authorized establishment of an account with Nirvana Public Funding, LLC, for the investment of municipal funds. Nirvana Public Funding offers an inventory of bank products and investment vehicles designed to provide liquidity, safety of principal and optimal returns.
Council amended the city’s building code to adopt in perpetuity the most recent editions of the Residential Building Code of Ohio, the National Electric Code, and the Ohio Building Code. This eliminates the need to continually amend those sections of the code and complies with the Ohio Revised Code, which requires a city to identify any standard code it adopts.
Bicycle Friendly Communities
The Heights Bicycle Coalition’s annual meeting at Nighttown on April 17 is titled, “How Bicycle Friendly Are We?” Cleveland Heights is currently one of just 13 bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFCs) in Ohio. To continue to be recognized as a BFC and perhaps move up to the silver-level, the coalition must reapply in 2017.
Women Out Walking
Mayor Cheryl Stephens spoke again about the Women Out Walking (WOW) program, a 12-week walking program, from April 17 through July 10, focused on encouraging 100 women (age 18 to senior citizens) to live a healthier and more active lifestyle one fun step at a time. Information is available at www.clevelandheights.com.
LWV Observer: Katherine Solender.
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