Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 3-4-2019
MARCH 4, 2019
- Public comments
- Landmark Commission
- City Community Improvement Corporation
- Updated Solid Waste Management Plan
- Salary schedules and benefits for city employees
- Mayor’s report
Mayor Carol Roe, Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow, Kahlil Seren, Jason Stein and Michael Ungar attended the meeting. Mary Dunbar was absent. Mayor Roe called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m. and adjourned at 8:02 p.m.
Landmark Commission revision: Fairmount Boulevard resident and Future Heights director Deanna Bremer Fisher spoke in favor of the proposed changes to the Landmarks Commission ordinance, which signal valuable commitment to historic resources. It will facilitate rehabilitation of the city’s commercial properties and spur economic development.
Council approved legislation that repeals Chapter 143 of the city code and replaces it with provisions that make Cleveland Heights a Certified Local Government, and thus eligible to participate in federal-state-local partnership to promote historic preservation. It gives the city access to grants and other resources to further the preservation of historic buildings and neighborhoods. Council considers it to be a useful development tool. This is the first change in the landmark commission legislation in 23 years and was passed in time to support the reuse of the Medusa Building. Council expressed appreciation to staff for bringing about this significant improvement.
City Community Improvement Corporation
Council approved legislation creating a new city entity, the City Community Improvement Corporation, to facilitate economic development. A five-member board of directors will oversee its actions. Members will be the city manager, mayor, planning committee chair, housing director, and a member of the public.
Solid Waste Management Plan
Council approved the city’s updated Solid Waste Management Plan.
City employees’ compensation
Council approved the salary schedules, position classifications, and benefits for city employees that are established annually.
Mayor Roe announced that the state’s transportation budget, HB 62, has been introduced. The city expressed support for the legislation as an important source of funds for local road improvements. Council will meet with the board of education at 6:30 p.m. on March 11 at city hall to discuss issues of mutual interest.
The next regular meeting is scheduled for March 18, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
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