Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 10-3-2018
OCTOBER 3, 2018
- Public comments
- Foreclosure bonds for commercial and residential property
- Purchase 60 Severance Circle
- Cancer awareness
- Domestic violence awareness
- Age 21 for smoking material purchases
- Mayor’s report
Mayor Carol Roe, Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow, Mary Dunbar, Kahlil Seren, Jason Stein, Cheryl Stephens and Michael Ungar attended the meeting.
Smoking age: Wendy Hyde from Tobacco 21 spoke to rising nicotine addiction among youth because of access to e-cigarettes and its “flashy technology.” She argued that raising the age for legal purchase would intervene in early addiction, which is harmful to health. She was followed by Rick Novickis from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health who has been working with the law department to help develop an ordinance that is consistent with other laws in the county and state. He spoke in favor of legislation to raise age of purchase to 21.
Foreclosure bonds: Diana Woodbridge, a member of the Housing Team of the Greater Cleveland Congregations, thanked the council for taking action on the foreclosure bond.
Beautification of Noble Neighborhood: Barbara Snosowski, a member of Noble Neighbors, thanked the city for helping with five gardens in Noble and encouraged the city to keep investing in the neighborhood’s green spaces, especially the space at Roanoke and Noble.
The council approved two ordinances to sell foreclosure bonds to property owners who lose their property to foreclosure. The bonds provide funds to maintain property if the owners failed to do so at the detriment of the community. Separate legislation was passed for commercial and residential property. Mary Dunbar, who said the law was to protect the community, introduced the legislation, which passed on second reading.
Purchase of property
Council approved a non-binding letter of intent to purchase 60 Severance Circle for $65,000. It is part of acquiring land for redevelopment.
Council made October Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and October 13 both Metastatic Cancer Awareness Day and National Mammography Day.
Council also approved a motion to make October Domestic Awareness Month.
Age to purchase smoking materials
Councilman Stein introduced legislation to raise the age to purchase e-cigarettes and other smoking materials from 18 to 21 as a way to prevent early addiction to nicotine. Councilman Ungar recused himself from the vote because of potential conflict of interest; his daughter serves as director of a nonprofit that works on this issue.
In closing comments, Mayor Roe announced a public meeting on Oct. 10 at the Community Center, which will provide an update on the Top of the Hill development. She also reported on the dedication of the former Caledonia Park to former Cleveland Heights mayor, Barbara Boyd, who played a role in the initial development of the park.
The next meeting will be Oct. 15, 2018.
LWV Observer: Susie Kaeser (from video).
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