LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights [online 8-1-2016]

AUGUST 1, 2016

  • Public comments
  • Bid for Cedar Road resurfacing/streetscape
  • Liquor license application
  • Assessment boards
  • County agreement amendment
  • Zoning variances
  • Storefront renovation
  • Objection to liquor licenses
  • Charter amendments regarding elections

All council members were present.

Public comments

Three residents came forward with concerns about noise, vacant properties and parking.

Bid for Cedar Road resurfacing/streetscape

Council authorized bidding for the 2017 Cedar Road resurfacing/Cedar-Fairmount streetscape, and issued a request for proposal for energy savings performance contracting services.

Liquor license application

The Ohio Department of Liquor Control received an application from Mayfield Coventry Inc. (2879 Mayfield Road, 1st floor, to transfer C1, C2, and D6 permits from 2879 Mayfield Inc. (same address).

Assessment boards

Council approved two resolutions for appointing assessment equalization boards. The first board will hear objections to estimated assessments for expenses related to street improvements and maintenance for surfacing, curbing, cleaning, etc., as well as snow removal and shade tree planting and maintenance. The second board will hear objections to estimated assessments for street lighting expenses.

County agreement amendment

Council approved amending the city’s agreement with Cuyahoga County for services to help maintain the city’s sanitary and storm sewers. The city’s director of Utilities has identified an additional project that may be funded by Community Development Block Grant funds at a cost of $325,000. The amendment increases the spending cap specified in the agreement by that amount.

Zoning variances

Council approved two zoning variances awarded to:

  • Agustus Beck, 1955 Coventry Road, to permit a 25-foot by 69-foot basketball court with approximately 50 percent of the court in the corner side yard, a 13-foot tall backboard behind the hoop, and a 10-foot tall ball containment unit set back 6.66 feet from the Coventry Road right-of-way in the corner side yard.
  • Samuel Gibson and Ellen Malone, 2457 Demington Drive, to permit a six-foot-tall wood fence in a corner side yard.

Storefront renovation

Council authorized renewal agreements with Franklin Piccirillo for design and construction oversight services, and Carolyn R. Smith for coordinating consulting services for the city’s storefront renovation program. This program, which is more than 20 years old, encourages reinvestment, and creates positive visual and economic impact in the city’s commercial districts. It is funded by Community Development Block Grant funds. For his services, Piccirillo will receive $6,000 per project for a term of five years, with a total fee during this term not to exceed $150,000. Smith will be paid $50 per hour and up to $4,000 per project, for a term of five years, with a total fee during this term not to exceed $50,000.

Objection to liquor licenses

Council passed resolutions objecting to the renewal of current liquor permits issued by the Ohio Department of Liquor Control for the three businesses listed below, and requesting that the county hold hearings on their renewal.

  • 5855 East Glenn Inc. doing business as Shillelaghs, 2555 Noble Road.
  • Reginald Johnson, doing business as the Sunny Spot Lounge, 2204 Noble Road.
  • Fitzdunn LLC, doing business as Helen’s Game Time, 3962 Mayfield Road.

Charter amendments regarding elections

Council voted to place on the Nov. 8 general election ballot two proposals to make amendments to the city’s charter with respect to election dates and procedures: Article VII, Sections 3, 4 and 5, and Article VIII, Sections 3 and 4.

Passage of these ballot issues would amend the city’s municipal candidate petition and write-in filing deadlines, and eliminate possible ambiguity concerning the means by which a person may become a candidate for council. Also revised would be procedures concerning write-in candidates, as well as opportunities for registered voters to vote for initiative, referendum and recall petitions. These amendments would bring the city into uniformity with other municipalities in the county and enable the board of elections to meet federal requirements.

Council Member Kahlil Seren observed that these changes would enable greater participation in the democratic process. In particular, he cited the extension of the time period for signing candidate petitions from 30 to 90 days.

LWV Observer: Katherine Solender.

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