LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights [online 4-18-2016]

APRIL 18, 2016

  • New Council Member Michael Ungar
  • Heights High senior on U.S. Olympic team
  • Public comments
  • Top of the Hill
  • Liquor license
  • Water service agreement
  • City purchases
  • Regional dispatch center
  • Planning commission appointment

Council Member Melissa Yasinow was absent.

New Council Member Michael Ungar

New Council Member Michael Ungar, whose nomination was unanimously approved by council, was sworn in by Sharon Sobel Jordan, chief of staff to Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish. Ungar is an attorney at Ulmer & Byrne LLP, with a specialty in litigation. He has served on the CH Planning Commission for 16 years, many of them as chair.

Heights High senior on U.S. Olympic team

Council recognized Heights High senior Charles Conwell who has qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics boxing team. Council Member Jason Stein, after noting the hard work and discipline that got Conwell to the point of qualifying, presented commendations from both council and Ohio State Representative Janine Boyd.

Public comments

Grace Lutheran Church building:Althea Cheatum lives behind the former Grace Lutheran Church, which is now owned by a commercial firm. Saying that, “things happen fast,” she expressed a hope that council will think of nearby residents when decisions about that property come before them in the future.

Uneven sidewalks: Resident Gus Williams spoke about the problem of uneven sidewalks caused by tree roots. He said that a tree planted on a tree lawn by the city was never staked upright, and now leans to the point that the roots are lifting the sidewalk. He believes it is unfair that he must pay to level the pavement, especially as he is retired and this will be difficult to afford. He was referred to Tanisha Briley, city manager, for future discussion.

Poet laureate: Rachel Bernstein, executive director of Heights Arts, introduced Christine Howey, the city’s new poet laureate. Meredith Holmes, outgoing poet laureate, and Howey each read poetry composed for this occasion.

Top of the Hill

Council authorized Briley to seek qualifications for a planning firm to begin consideration of the Top of the Hill project on the city land at Cedar Road and Euclid Heights Boulevard.

Liquor license

The Ohio Department of Liquor Control has received one application for a new permit from Best Gyros, 2245 Lee Road.

Water service agreement

Council heard a first reading of legislation to transfer the city’s water service to direct service from the City of Cleveland.

City purchases

Council approved several purchases for the public works department including three full size pickup trucks for approximately $29,000 each; along with two snow plows; a dump [truck]; and other accessories for approximately $34,000.

Regional dispatch center

Council heard a first reading for legislation that would create a regional Council of Governments (COG) to establish and operate a joint police, fire, and emergency medical services (EMS) communications system, to be called the Heights-Hillcrest Communications Center (HHCC). The center would dispatch these services in and for the cities of Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights, South Euclid, and University Heights, as well as other communities that may join the center later. Citizens can check the full agreement at www.clevelandheights.com and contact the council with any comments.

Planning commission appointment

Council appointed Mike Gaynier to the Planning Commission to replace Michael Ungar, for the term expiring Dec. 31, 2018.

LWV Observer: Blanche B. Valancy.

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