Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 2-5-2018

FEBRUARY 5, 2018

  • Public comments
  • Zoning requests
  • Zoning fees
  • Top of the Hill
  • Citizen appointments
  • February recognitions
  • Council Member comments

Council members present were Mayor Carol Roe, Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow, Mary Dunbar, Kahlil Seren, Jason Stein, Cheryl L. Stephens and Michael N. Ungar.

Public comments

Natural gas: Bill Bruml expressed concerns about the natural gas programs. There was agreement on council about the confusion currently surrounding the program, but the city manager said residents should be receiving “opt-out” letters soon. They will automatically begin to be charged the lower rate.

Sewer plan: Kyle Whitaker and Marty Dybicz expressed concerns about rates. Among questions asked were:

  • What is the relationship between water, sewer and utility rates?
  • Can the city lower sewer rates in future budgets?

The city has posted an informational link on its website: http://www.clevelandheights.com/index.aspx?page=570.

FutureHeights information: Sruti Basu, Director of Community-Building Programs for FutureHeights, informed residents of two new programs offered by the nonprofit. The Neighborhood Leadership Workshop Series, designed to help people learn how to organize a project, will begin on March 11. The deadline to register is Feb. 28. FutureHeights also offers small grants of up to $1,000. Deadline for application is April 15.

New county council member: Michael J. Hauser introduced himself as the newly appointed Cuyahoga County Council member to represent Council District 10, which includes Cleveland Heights.

Zoning requests

The request for a variance permit from Hanna Commercial Real Estate to erect a 16-square foot sign at 2490 Lee Road was referred to Seren.

Zoning fees

Council approved an ordinance to add certain fees to the administration of zoning codes.

Top of the Hill

There was a first reading of an ordinance to authorize the city manager to enter into an agreement with F & C Development  Inc. concerning the Top of the Hill project.

Citizen appointments

Ungar read the names of new and returning committee appointees, which council approved. There is still one opening on the CAC (Community Advisory Committee) and two openings on the Parks and Recreation Committee. 

February recognitions

Council approved resolutions recognizing February as National African American History Month and American Heart Health Month.

Council comments

Many council members complimented the city’s Martin Luther King Celebration. Susanna Neirmann-O’Neil was commended for her excellent organization of this yearly event.

Dunbar will host a Bananagrams team, the Dunbar Dynamos, for a Lake Erie, Inc. fundraiser on February 24. Yasinow will be a player. [The game is similar to Scrabble.]

Seren mentioned an Ohio Fair Lending event to look over and discuss a recent five-city property survey. The event will be held at the Cleveland Marshall College of Law on Feb. 13, 12 to 2 p.m. (Bring brown bag lunches.)

Mayor Roe said working with our schools will be a top priority for the city this year.

Next meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018.

LWV Observer: Carol Gibson.

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