Mayor Brennan sets forth fall legislative agenda
At the Aug. 27 joint meeting of University Heights City Council and the CH-UH Board of Education, UH Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan outlined the city’s fall legislative agenda:
- In housing, the city is revising its ordinance on rental property inspections and rental permit applications. It plans to hire up to two new inspectors and add another clerk to the office staff, establishing a more-robust building and housing program.
- The city has introduced legislation to create a CIC, a Community Investment Corporation, much as South Euclid and Lakewood have done, to provide an additional avenue for promoting residential development and redevelopment. This is in committee now, and should be up for a vote by mid-fall.
- The city will be implementing CitizenServe, a program piloted in South Euclid and Lakewood, to streamline building and housing services, among others, to residents. Transactions that previously required a special trip to the building department will soon be doable online by credit card.
- The city plans to hire three new police officers this fall. Relatedly, the city purchased three new police vehicles, which should be equipped and on the streets before the end of the year.
- The city also plans to hire four new firefighters this fall and restore the fire prevention bureau.
- New, enhanced crosswalks should be installed at Cedar-Green, thanks to a CDBG grant from Cuyahoga County—the city’s first such grant in several years. The new crosswalks and solar-powered bus shelter should be in place by November.
- The city is moving the corners of the UH side of Cedar-Taylor to make that district more pedestrian-friendly.
- The city is ordering a new sidewalk snowplow as part of its commitment to public safety for pedestrians.
- The city anticipates approval by ODOT this fall of the city’s modified plans for Warrensville Center Road, including NOACA-funded mid-block pedestrian crossings and the first mile of bike lanes to be marked in the city.
Mike Cook is the communications and civic engagement coordinator for University Heights.