Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 5-22-2018
MAY 22, 2018
- Public comments
- Wage and salary agreement
- Storefront loan
- Police vehicles
- National Gun Violence Awareness Day
- Charter Review Commission
- Council member Stephens’ primary victory
- Foreclosure bonds
- Bicycle events
- Top of the Hill
- Jason West Scholarship
- We Are Noble
- Mayor’s report
Council members present were Mayor Carol Roe, Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow, Mary Dunbar, Kahlil Seren, Jason Stein, Cheryl L. Stephens and Michael N. Ungar. The meeting lasted from 7:34 to 8:15 p.m.
Bike Month: Dustin Russell, a registered representative of Governor Kasich and Lieutenant Governor Taylor, presented a resolution to Cleveland Heights for Bike Month programming.
Inspirational presentation: A resident spoke about the upcoming Memorial Day observance and its connection to the fight for all types of civil rights. He read a selection and sang a short song.
CAC letter: Stephen Titchenal, chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC), presented a letter from the CAC expressing concern about housing discrimination, as represented by landlord refusal to accept housing vouchers from the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority.
Cuyahoga County government booklet: Blanche Valancy, voter services co-chair of the Cleveland Heights/University Heights Chapter of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland, announced the release of “Here’s Cuyahoga County,” a 103-page booklet about county government. The entire text can be accessed at lwvgreatercleveland.orgunder “Our League/Publications” or the short link: bit.ly/lwvgc-hcc.
Dogs in city parks: A resident asked about the possibility of extending the permission to walk dogs in city parks other than Cain Park. He was referred to the committee monitoring this project.
Wage and salary agreement
Council approved the agreement between the city and the Cleveland Heights Fire Fighters Association, Local 402, International Association of Fire Fighters, AFL-CIO, covering April 1, 2018 through March 31, 2021.
A five-year loan of $100,000 was made to Weinstein & Frankel under the city’s Storefront Loan Fund Program. This will help renovate the storefronts at 2234-2260 Lee Road and 3175-3177 Kensington Road.
The city will purchase three new 2018 Ford Taurus cruisers and related equipment for $79,806 and one new 2018 Ford Fusion car for $18,495 for the police department from Lebanon Ford.
National Gun Violence Awareness Day
Councilperson Yasinow introduced a resolution proclaiming June 1, 2018 as the fourth annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Moms Demand Action/Every Town for Gun Safety had advocated for this. She read the names of the students and teachers killed in the recent massacre in Santa Fe, Texas, before the unanimous vote. Residents are urged to wear orange on that date to participate.
Charter Review Commission
Mayor Roe stated that transparency is appreciated by the council, noting that they are considering equipment for the committee room for audio recording of meetings and phone conferencing. She continued by reading a letter to Professor Larry Keller, the facilitator of the Charter Review Commission’s work, signed by council members Ungar, Yasinow, Dunbar and herself. The letter countered Councilperson Seren’s statement to the commission that the majority of the council is not interested in placing an issue on the ballot and declared that council members look forward to the commission’s recommendations and will review them with open minds. The letter further stated that the signatories found Seren’s statement reckless, irresponsible, and false.
Council Member Stephens’s primary victory
Councilperson Stephens thanked the public for support of her nomination in the recent primary election to represent District 10 in the Cuyahoga County Council. She pledged to work on behalf of all of the citizens of District 10. Mayor Roe extended congratulations.
Councilperson Dunbar announced that the first meeting to consider this issue will be on Thursday, May 31 at 7 p.m.
A bike tune-up will be offered June 2 from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Dunbar suggested residents come early to get their bikes checked by qualified mechanics who can do simple tasks and make referrals for additional work. Bike to Work Day on May 18 was a great success.
Top of the Hill
A community meeting will take place at the community center on the evening of Tuesday, June 19, to present progress on the Top of the Hill development project.
Jason West Scholarship
The raffle raised more than $3,000 for scholarships.
We Are Noble
Councilperson Ungar conveyed the appreciation sent by Brenda May and Noble Neighbors for city government and staff support for the We are Noble festival.
Mayor Roe read a letter from the family of Miriam Johnson, in which the family expressed their appreciation for the tireless work of the Cleveland Heights Police Department officers and detectives in their efforts to find Miriam, solve her murder, and arrest those at fault. They felt the police all took their concerns seriously, kept them informed, and gave them comfort and assurance that justice would be done.
The mayor recently attended a public officials’ breakfast at the Jewish Community Federation. She and City Manager Briley went to a Northeast Ohio Mayors and Managers meeting in Columbus.
Requests for proposals for the Medusa Cement building at Monticello and Lee roads are due in June. Honda Motorcars owns the building and has been working with the city’s economic development department.
LWV Observer: Blanche Valancy.
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