University Heights City Council meeting highlights 3-20-2017
MARCH 20, 2017
- Public comments
- Tri-C ethics training
- Career fair
- Cell tower regulations
- Presentation of the 2015 Master Plan by the Cuyahoga Planning Commission
- Funds transfer
- Grant application for public art
- Bid for pool chemicals for the summer season
- Executive session for legal and real estate matters
- Finance director position
- Suspects caught for recent bank robberies
Present were Mayor Susan Infeld and council members Pamela Cameron, Phil Ertel, John Rach, Steven Sims, Michele Weiss and Mark Wiseman. Vice mayor Susan Pardee was absent. Also present were Luke McConville, law director, and Kelly Thomas, clerk of council. The meeting was held from 7:05 to 8:20 p.m., when council adjourned to executive session.
A resident who lives near the new park requested a traffic signal be reinstalled at Silsby and Fenwick roads. He has seen a significant increase in traffic with the new park and feels people are not paying attention. The mayor and police chief will conduct a traffic volume study, but Police Chief Steve Hammett noted that the traffic light was only there previously because of the school and that traffic density didn’t warrant a light previously.
Mayor Infeld reported that Tri-C will be offering a training course on ethics during the third week of June at its Metro campus. She noted that Tri-C offers this training periodically and it is always interesting.
The mayor also noted that there will be a career fair at Polaris Career Center on March 29, 9–12 a.m., with 75 employers there who are currently hiring.
Cell tower regulations
The mayor gave an update on the state legislation regarding regulation of small cell towers. A group of 20 communities has come together in a lawsuit to stop the new law, calling it unconstitutional and an infringement on a municipality’s right of way.
Presentation of the 2015 Master Plan
Jim Sonnhalter and Mike Stryker of the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission presented their final report of the master plan for University Heights. The process began in 2015 and involved citizen committees and council representatives to develop a long-term comprehensive plan for how the city should develop. They conducted a survey of the current condition of the city, led a visioning process with participants, and then developed steps for a concrete plan. The primary topics were land use, transportation, community and economic development, neighborhoods and housing.
The areas of primary concern were the Warrensville-Cedar intersection, the community image, Wiley school property, housing issues, John Carroll University, economic development and regional collaboration. Implementation of the plan is dependent on holding people accountable for the timeline, setting priorities and controlling costs. The planning commission urges the city to adopt the plan, use it, update it and keep it relevant.
A standard process for transferring funds from the general fund to the street, street lighting, capital projects, police pension and fire pension funds was presented on first reading (Ordinance 2017-08). There is also a proposal to transfer the remaining balance of $396.28 from the off-street parking fund, which has been dormant, back to the general fund to close out the off-street parking fund.
Grant application for public art
Council authorized submission of a grant application to the Ohio Arts Council Artstart Program in support of public art for the northeast corner of the intersection of Cedar and South Taylor roads (Resolution 2017-10). The grant application must be submitted by April 1 and is usually awarded to first-time applicants. The proposal is for a monument sign, some public art and benches, and sidewalk repair.
Purchase of pool chemicals for 2017
The city of Mayfield Heights presented a regional bid to SAL Chemical for pool chemicals for the 2017 summer season. The prices in the final bid are very similar to the prices for 2016 and will cost $7,000 to $7,500 for the season.
Finance director position
Mayor Infeld is close to hiring a new finance director. Larry Heiser, the former finance director, is continuing to assist the city during the interim.
Bank robbery suspects caught
Police Chief Hammett announced that two juveniles have been arrested in connection with the recent string of bank robberies in University Heights.
Council voted to adjourn to executive session to discuss legal and real estate matters.
LWV Observer: Wendy Deuring.
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