Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 4-2-2018
APRIL 2, 2018
- Public comments
- Liquor permit request
- CDC Partnership
- Event announcements
- April proclamations
- Mayfield Road signalization
- System for ranking schools
- Rejection of House Bill 512
- Immigration task force
- Cedar Fairmount plan
- Mayor’s report
Council members present were Mayor Carol Roe, Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow, Mary Dunbar, Kahlil Seren, Cheryl L. Stephens and Michael N. Ungar. Jason Stein was absent. The meeting lasted from 7:36 to 8:26 p.m.
High school wrestling: A resident praised the Heights High men’s wrestling team and encouraged community support.
Gas aggregation: A resident and business owner complained that he has had difficulty communicating with city officials about the new gas aggregation program. His costs have increased markedly since implementation began. Plans were made for him to meet with Council Member Ungar and Assistant City Manager O’Neil.
Missing resident: Following up on a concern expressed by a resident at council’s last meeting, Mayor Roe noted with sadness the death of missing resident Miriam Johnson.
Boiling Seafood LLC, 2201 Lee Road, has applied for liquor permits.
FutureHeights CDC partnership
Based on the recommendations of a working group formed in 2017, council voted to authorize the city manager to negotiate the terms of the city’s involvement in the evolution of FutureHeights into a community development corporation for the city. The resulting agreement will require separate authorization from council.
- Wednesday, April 4: Author Daniel Coyle presents his latest book, “The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups”at the Coventry Library
- Saturday, April 7: “Opportunities in Construction” job information event at the community center
- Sunday, April 8: Heights Bicycle Coalition annual meeting at Heights Arts
- Sunday, April 15: the 22nd annual community and alumni pancake breakfast at the high school
Council proclaimed the following for the city of Cleveland Heights:
- April 2–6 as National Community Development Week
- April as Autism Awareness Month, and April 2, 2018, as World Autism Awareness Day
- April 8–14 as National Library Week
- April as National Poetry Month
- April as Fair Housing Month, joining with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and other communities throughout the nation, and reaffirming the city’s commitment to open housing.
Mayfield Road signalization
Council authorized payment of $816,630 (estimated) to the Ohio Department of Transportation for the city’s share of the costs for the Mayfield Road signalization project.
System for ranking schools
Council heard the first reading of a resolution urging the governor, legislature, and Ohio Department of Education to revise the way schools and school districts are ranked to more accurately reflect public school performance. The current version of the resolution also requests that this be done through a process that meaningfully involves parents, school board members, civic leaders, school administrators, and other school patrons. The city manager is working with the school district to further customize the language of the resolution to the Cleveland Heights-University district, so changes will likely be made before the next council meeting.
Rejection of House Bill 512
Council approved support of the March 20 resolution passed by the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District Board of Education that rejects House Bill 512, which would transfer most of the powers of the elected state board of education and department of education to a governor-appointed cabinet agency. Council agrees with the school board that passage of H.B. 512 would go against the school district’s interests by significantly decreasing accountability and transparency concerning public education in the State of Ohio
Immigration Task Force
Council established an Immigration Task Force to identify and examine immigration issues, including those relating to civil immigration enforcement that affects the city, its residents, and its employees. The task force will also examine any possible future actions to be taken by the city in response to the issues identified. The task force will give council a written summary of its findings and recommendations, if any, by July 31, 2018. The task force will have nine members, including the police chief, city manager (or designee), and mayor. Members will also include the following, all appointed by the mayor: a member of council; a member of the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (OPBA) who is a classified service captain, lieutenant, or sergeant in Cleveland Heights; a member of the OPBA who is a classified police officer or unclassified service basic patrol officer in Cleveland Heights; and three city residents—1) a member of an immigration advocacy group, or other similar group; 2) a resident concerned about immigration issues; and 3) a resident familiar with immigration and/or constitutional law. Members will be appointed to serve until July 31, 2018 with no compensation. Vacancies will be filled by mayoral appointment.
Cedar Fairmount plan
Council acknowledged receiving a five-year plan for pedestrian-oriented public services and improvements from the Cedar Fairmount Special Improvement District. Such plans are required by state law.
Remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr.
Recognizing that 50 years have passed since the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968, Council Member Stephens cited his commitment to public service as an example for all to follow.
Mayor Roe agreed with Ms. Stephens regarding Martin Luther King Jr., stating that there is still much work to do, especially in areas like public education and employment. She also noted the passing on March 25 of Linda Brown, who, as a child, was at the center of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education ruling in 1954 that ended segregation in American schools. The mayor asked for a moment of reflection before adjourning the meeting.
The next regular meeting will be Monday, April 16, 2018, at 7:30 p.m.
LWV Observer: Katherine Solender.
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