Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 2-20-2018

FEBRUARY 20, 2018

  • Public comments
  • Meadowbrook and Lee site
  • Public safety report
  • Ohio Fairness Act
  • Replacement of traffic signals
  • Top of the Hill
  • Mr. Brisket loan
  • New council committee structure
  • Mayor Roe report

Council members present were Mayor Carol Roe, Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow, Mary Dunbar, Kahlil Seren, Cheryl L. Stephens, Jason Stein and Michael N. Ungar. The meeting lasted from 7:32 to 9:10 p.m.

Public comments

Three people addressed the need to retain experienced housing inspectors, adopt foreclosure bond policy, consider public input and creative options in the charter review process, and thanked the city for supporting beautification plans for Noble Neighbors.

Meadowbrook and Lee site

The city manager requested and received council permission to solicit qualifications to develop the Meadowbrook and Lee site.

Public safety report

Fire Chief Dave Freeman and Police Chief Annette Mecklenburg gave presentations summarizing services to Cleveland Heights residents during 2017. The fire department made more than 5,184 calls and 81 percent of them were for EMS (emergency medical services). Only 64 were for fires. Police intervention categories include animal complaints, motor vehicle accidents, drunk driving, and criminal activity. Incidents are down in some categories and have shown modest increases in others. Both safety services are involved in cooperative programs with other communities, which is increasing efficiency and reducing costs. Diversity in hiring remains a challenge for both departments.

Ohio Fairness Act

Councilwoman Yasinow offered and council approved a resolution to support Ohio Fairness Act, HB 160. This puts council on record as supporting state legislation to make sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression protected classes in anti-discrimination laws.

Replacement of traffic signals

Council authorized the Ohio Department of Transportation to replace traffic signals on Mayfield Road from Warrensville Center Road to Kenilworth Road.

Top of the Hill

Council authorized an agreement with F&C Development Inc. The resolution for the agreement, introduced by Councilmember Dunbar, creates the terms for the redevelopment of the Top of the Hill project on Cedar Road.

Mister Brisket loan

Council authorized an agreement with Mister Brisket Inc., which will set the terms for a loan for the expansion of this small business using the city’s Economic Development Loan Fund Program.

New council committee structure

Council defined a new structure for its standing committees. Councilmember Ungar offered the legislation that outlines the purview of each committee.

Mayor Roe report

Gun violence was once again the focus of comments and concerns by council members after the school shooting in Parkland, Fla. Safety will be on the agenda at the upcoming March 12 joint meeting with the CH-UH Board of Education. Mayor Roe is participating in the PRISM racial equality leadership training program and hopes to use this experience in her role as Mayor.

LWV Observer: Susie Kaeser.

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