Cleveland Heights

City of Cleveland Heights responds to NEOMG article

The Heights Observer received this news release from the City of Cleveland Heights on Dec. 17 in response to an article that appeared on Cleveland.com about a traffic stop in the city. We are publishing it here, in its entirety:

The City of Cleveland Heights released information today relating to Officer William Robinson's actions during a traffic stop involving Sam Taylor on Friday, December 12, 2014.

"Given the interest generated by an article which cites Mr. Taylor's account of the incident, the City felt it was important to share the facts involved to assure Cleveland Heights residents of the appropriateness of Officer Robinson's actions given the circumstances surrounding the traffic stop", said City Manager Tanisha Briley. "The incident was reviewed, including review of recorded radio and telephone traffic, and the evidence supports Officer Robinson's response".

 

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 4:19 PM, 12.17.2014

City announces application process for Boyd's vacated CH City Council seat

The City of Cleveland Heights issued a press release today announcing the process by which it will select a replacement to serve the remainder of Council Member Janine Boyd's unexpired term. Boyd resigned her seat, effective Dec. 31, due to her election to the state legislature. The appointeee will serve the remainder of her term, which expires Dec. 31, 2015.

This seat will be up for election on Nov. 3, 2015. The person elected will fill a new four year term.

Applications are available at www.clevelandheights.com/council-app and at Cleveland Heights City Hall, 40 Severance Circle. Interested residents can call the city manager's office at 216-291-3737 to request an application. The application deadline is Jan. 15.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 4:46 PM, 12.09.2014

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 11-17-2014

NOVEMBER 17, 2014

  • Public comments
  • HVAC contract
  • Leaf pickup delay 
  • Phoenix Coffee and coffee rating
  • County health services
  • Efficiency training
  • Norfolk Road fire
  • Free parking
  • Dec. 13 shopping

Council Member Janine R. Boyd was absent.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 11:08 AM, 12.05.2014

Cleveland Heights extends loose leaf collection; University Heights resumes collection Nov. 25

Cleveland Heights has extended the collection of loose leaves and Kraft paper bags until Jan. 1. The city had originally stated that it would collect loose leaves from Nov. 3 until Nov. 28, every other week on the day after a resident’s regularly scheduled refuse and recycling collection. 

This schedule, however, was dependent on the weather. November snow and ice made it impossible for residents to place leaves on tree lawns and for the city to collect them. According to Alex Mannarino, director of public works, “We are about two weeks behind. We are trying to catch up in the next couple of days so that next week we will be back on schedule.”

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 8:15 PM, 11.24.2014

Free-parking weekends in Cleveland Heights begin Thanksgiving weekend

Starting Nov. 29, parking at meters in all Cleveland Heights parking lots, garages and on the street will be free on the weekends—Friday, Saturday and Sunday—from Thanksgiving weekend to the last weekend in December. 

"Business owners and residents have been very supportive of this idea. It reinforces the city's commitment to our commercial districts and also has been an incentive to bringing more people to our excellent restaurants and one-of-a-kind stores throughout the city," said Mayor Dennis Wilcox.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:40 AM, 11.18.2014

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 11-3-2014

NOVEMBER 3, 2014

  • Public comments
  • Liquor license transfer
  • LGBTQ anti-discrimination legislation
  • Fall public works
  • CDBG program
  • Zoning variances
  • Nuisance properties
  • Dental and health programs
  • Upcoming events
  • Free parking weekends over the holidays

Council Member Jason Stein was absent.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 11:54 AM, 11.13.2014

Janine Boyd wins bid to replace her mother as Ohio state rep

On Nov. 4, Cleveland Heights City Council member Janine R. Boyd overwhelming won her bid to become the next state representative for Ohio House District 9. Boyd defeated Republican Charles T. Hopson, garnering 84.7 percent of the 33,388 votes cast. She replaces her mother, Rep. Barbara Boyd, who did not seek re-election due to term limits.

Ohio House District 9 comprises Cleveland Heights, University Heights, Shaker Heights, and two wards on Cleveland's East Side.

"It is, undoubtedly, one of the greatest and most humbling experiences, to have the support of my family, volunteers, friends, mentors and neighbors,” said Boyd. “It's also an honor to look at the path my mother forged, including over 25 years of public service, building relationships on both sides of the aisle and crafting effective policy, and have the opportunity to continue that work, as well as my own, as an advocate for our district and the most vulnerable of our citizens. I'm sincerely grateful."

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 1:59 PM, 11.05.2014

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 9-15-14

SEPTEMBER 15, 2014

  • City parking lot improvements
  • Fire prevention code updating
  • Nuisance property
  • Health insurance update
  • Childhood cancer awareness
  • New website features
  • Gas aggregation program
  • Emergency paving
  • City property sale to Honda
  • Tax agreement with health care provider

All council members were present.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 1:00 PM, 10.07.2014

Cleveland Heights announces Turkey Ridge development project will not proceed

[Editor's note: On Oct. 28, the City of Cleveland Heights announced in the following news release that the development project at Turkey Ridge will not go forward.]

The City of Cleveland Heights announced today that the Visconsi Companies Ltd. project, Ridgeview Homes, intended for Edgehill Road between 2351 and 2375, will not be developed. The project had called for a 10-unit residential development and had received the necessary approvals from the City's Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals.

As the project moved through the final phases of design, it was determined that site development costs would significantly exceed original estimates. Combined with the updated cost to build the quality of homes Visconsi Companies sought to provide, the project as proposed became unfeasible. 

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 12:02 PM, 10.29.2014

Nov. 1 Chili Cook-Off to benefit youth scholarship fund

Cleveland Heights will present its annual Chili Cook-Off, benefiting the Youth Recreation Scholarship Fund, on Saturday, Nov. 1, 6–8 p.m. The event brings together challengers from a variety of Heights eateries to compete for chili superiority.

All proceeds go to the Cleveland Heights Youth Recreation Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance to young people participating in city-sponsored sports and recreation programs.

Attendees will sample chili from the competitors and vote for their favorites. For a suggested donation of $10 per person or $30 for a family of four, guests will receive a variety of chilis, sides, desserts and beverages. This year’s event will also include raffle items, a special children’s menu, and access to a children’s playroom and an adult gym.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 11:17 AM, 10.28.2014

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 10-6-2014

OCTOBER 6, 2014

  • Public comments
  • Law director appointed
  • Lacona Drive
  • CHP honor guard
  • Cedar Lee Candy Crawl
  • Awareness declarations 
  • Garage repairs change order
  • Tree lawn pick up
  • Zoning variances
  • Outstanding Neighbor of the Month
  • LBGT discrimination protection
  • Firefighter equipment

All council members were present.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 5:58 PM, 10.19.2014

Three arrested in connection with weekend shooting at bar

The Cleveland Heights Police Department issued a statement late on Wednesday, Sept. 24, that it had made three arrests in connection with the shooting death of Arrion Smiley. The shooting occurred shortly after 2 a.m. on Sept. 20, outside the Double R Bar & Grill, 1940 S. Taylor Road.

Jamahl Drake and Darius Wills have been charged with aggravated murder; bond for each has been set at $500,000. Anthony Hunt has been charged with complicity to aggravated murder, with bond set at $250,000.

The investigation is ongoing, according to the statement.

Reports indicate a fight had apparently taken place inside the bar shortly before the shooting. Several people were escorted outside, after which bullets were fired into the bar through the front window. Smiley and another woman were struck; the other woman is expected to recover. Neither was believed to have been involved with the initial disturbance.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 11:00 PM, 09.24.2014

CH law director will revert to part-time position

At the Sept. 2 Cleveland Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Tanisha Briley announced that Anthony Farris had “resigned his position as law director last Tuesday [Aug. 26],” and that Jim Juliano, who had served as acting law director for the first four months of 2014, “has agreed and we welcome him back to the executive team as acting law director.” Briley also stated that she planned “at a future date to ask council to confirm him as the permanent law director for the City of Cleveland Heights.”

The city released no official statement regarding the circumstances of Farris’ resignation. Asked to comment, Briley said, “Mr. Farris resigned his position and we supported his decision to do so.” She confirmed that Farris’ last day in the office was Aug. 26, and that he would continue to receive his regular salary ($100,000 annually) through Oct. 1.

Briley appointed Anthony Farris as the city’s first full-time law director on April 23, and the appointment was confirmed by a unanimous vote of council members.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 10:08 AM, 09.23.2014

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 9-2-2014

SEPTEMBER 2, 2014

  • Public comments
  • Law director resignation
  • Award for financial reporting
  • Public works purchases
  • Liquor license transfer
  • Payday loan businesses
  • Dobama loan amended
  • Outstanding Citizen of the Month
  • Appointments
  • Tax resolutions
  • Cedar Road paving
  • City water infrastructure
  • Larry Shaw

All council members were present.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 12:13 PM, 09.14.2014

'Art of the Home' HCC tour set for Sept. 21

Just as fall begins to sweep its striking palette of colors across Northeast Ohio, the 37th annual Heights Heritage Home & Garden Tour curates an exhibit of the cozy comforts of home juxtaposed with exquisite garden grandeur.

The self-guided tour of seven homes and three gardens takes place Sunday, Sept. 21, from noon to 6 p.m., and includes refreshment stops at two Lee Road locations, The Wine Spot and Heights Arts, from 2 to 4 p.m.

The Heights Heritage Home & Garden Tour is sponsored by Heights Community Congress (HCC), and the 2014 tour theme, Art of the Home, is a tribute to Cleveland Heights’s legacy of artistic and historic homes, in a community with a strong background in, and recognition as, “home to the arts."

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 2:01 PM, 08.28.2014

CH joins regional healthcare program

The City of Cleveland Heights has entered into an agreement to join the Cuyahoga County Healthcare Regionalization Program. The program provides eligible political subdivisions with the opportunity to obtain favorable group rates for health care benefits for their employees.

"The ability to stabilize health care costs while at the same time maintaining existing benefits for our employees presented a great opportunity for us," said City Manager Tanisha R. Briley. "Staff worked closely with county officials over the last few months to evaluate the offer to be absolutely certain that this was the right way to go."

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 1:31 PM, 08.28.2014

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 8-6-2014

AUGUST 6, 2014

  • Public comments
  • City manager purchases
  • Fall/winter recreation regulations
  • Upcoming community events
  • Community Improvement Awards
  • Cedar Road resurfacing in 2017
  • Outstanding Neighbor Award
  • Commission on Aging appointees

All council members were present.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 12:08 PM, 08.12.2014

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 7-21-2014

JULY 21, 2014

  • 2015 tax budget hearing
  • Public comments
  • City purchases
  • Commission on Aging appointments
  • Architectural Board of Review appointments
  • Parks and recreation 2014–15 fall/winter season
  • Guided hikes through Forest Hill Park
  • Admission tax exemption
  • Debt management
  • CDBG reallocation
  • Water meter tampering
  • Zoning appeals
  • Three properties declared nuisances

All council members were present.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 11:51 AM, 08.11.2014

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting 7-7-2014

JULY 7, 2014

  • Jim Brennan
  • Public comments
  • Crane for forestry division
  • Byou Bar and Grill
  • Nuisance abatement amendment
  • Bond notes issued
  • Admission tax
  • Debt Management Policy
  • 2015 Tax Budget
  • Water and Sewer fees
  • Settlement with sewer district
  • Zoning appeals

Council Member Jason S. Stein was absent.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 4:49 PM, 07.31.2014

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting 6-16-2014

JUNE 16, 2014

  • Public comments
  • Access Cleveland Heights App
  • City manager purchases
  • Police auction
  • Tall grass violation
  • Rebecca Alison Meyer
  • Independents Week
  • Bond refinancing
  • Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)
  • County sewer services
  • City accolades for recycling and bicycling


All council members were present.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 4:28 PM, 07.31.2014

Zucca is new CH economic development chief

Greg Zucca, the new economic development director for the City of Cleveland Heights, doesn’t bring direct experience in leading suburban development efforts, but he does have extensive background in economic development focused on the technology sector.

Zucca, whose first day on the job was June 9, spent the past nine years at the Cuyahoga County Department of Economic Development—most recently as fund manager for the county’s Western Reserve Fund.

Before that, he was a strategic program officer with responsibility for design and implementation of programs to support entrepreneurship in the technology sector. He also served as a finance analyst, evaluating potential business development investments.

Before going to work for the county, Zucca was a researcher at Battelle Memorial Institute. There, he focused on technology-based economic development, and was involved with Ohio’s tech-oriented Third Frontier program.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:59 AM, 07.29.2014

Community rallies in support of Brennan's employees and family

In the week since Jim Brennan was shot at his Lee Road restaurant, the Heights community has rallied to honor his memory, and in support of his family and employees.

An impromptu memorial of flowers and messages has grown outside of Brennan’s Colony since news spread of the June 30 shooting, and Brennan’s subsequent death, and an estimated 1,200 gathered in a community candlelight vigil the following night.

At Brennan's memorial service, held at Church of the Gesu on July 5, Mike Elliott, his best friend from their years together at Gilmour Academy, shared words of remembrance. Elliott quoted a line from a poem his brother sent to him, titled "J.B.", that resonated with those in attendance: "They stole from us something they could have had for free"—referring to Brennan's welcoming smile. In lieu of flowers, the family encouraged contributions to Rose-Mary Center or the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

A GoFundMe account, created on July 2 by Rebecca Smolenski with the goal of raising $25,000—enough to cover two weeks of wages for Brennan’s Colony staff—has so far raised $47,648, almost double its original goal. More than $33,000 was donated in less than 24 hours, with 877 donations made to date.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 1:42 PM, 07.08.2014

Services for Jim Brennan to be held July 5

The Cedar Lee Special Improvement District announced arrangements for Jim Brennan: Family will receive friends at the Schulte & Mahon-Murphy funeral home, 5252 Mayfield Road in Lyndhurst, on Thursday, July 3 from 2 to 7 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 5 at Church of the Gesu, 2470 Miramar Blvd. in University Heights.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to Rose-Mary Center, 19350 Euclid Ave., Euclid, Ohio 44117, or to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, 15500 Waterloo Rd., Cleveland, Ohio 44110.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 5:15 PM, 07.02.2014

Community mourns Jim Brennan

Cleveland Heights will hold a community candlelight vigil on Tuesday, July 1, at 7 p.m., to honor the memory of Jim Brennan, who died on June 30 after being shot during an attempted robbery at his Lee Road restaurant, Brennan's Colony.

The vigil will take place at the corner of Meadowbrook Boulevard and Lee Road, and will include brief remarks by Mayor Dennis Wilcox and members of the Heights Interfaith Council. The Reverend John Lentz of Forest Hill Church Presbyterian will lead the community in singing "We Shall Overcome." There will be free parking at Cedar and Lee roads after 6 p.m.

Jim Brennan had owned Brennan's Colony for more than 20 years. Brennan's was known, and loved, for its classic all-American cooking. A frequent Best of the Heights winner, Brennan's most recently was voted Best Bar, Pub or Tavern in 2013, and was a runner up for Best Patio.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 2:11 PM, 07.01.2014

Lee Road business owner Jim Brennan shot and killed on June 30

On Monday, June 30, Jim Brennan, owner of Brennan’s Colony, was shot at his Lee Road restaurant in an attempted robbery.

At approximately 1 p.m., Cleveland Heights police responded to 911 calls reporting that shots had been fired. Paramedics attended to Brennan and transported him to MetroHealth Medical Center, where he later died.

Police are seeking two suspects, described in the CH Police Department's news release as black males between the ages of 17 and 21, who fled on foot from the rear of the restaurant, east on Silsby Road. The suspects are still at large. Anyone with information is asked to contact the police department at 216-321-1234 or 216-291-5010.

On Monday evening, the City of Cleveland Heights posted a statement on its website, mourning “the senseless shooting of The Colony’s Jim Brennan.”

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 2:13 PM, 07.01.2014

Breaking News: Owner of Brennan's Colony is shot

Several residents report that Jim Brennan, owner of Brennan’s Colony, 2299 Lee Road, was shot today around 1:15 p.m. during a suspected robbery. The suspects fled on foot and police are still looking for them.

Brennan is in critical condition at MetroHealth Medical Center.

Cleveland Heights Police officers are looking for the suspects and are canvassing side streets. Residents are asked to stay indoors and report anything suspicious to CHPD at 216-291-5010.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 3:37 PM, 06.30.2014

Discover Cedar Fairmount Festival is Aug. 10

Plans are progressing for Cedar Fairmount's 13th annual festival, to be held on Sunday, Aug. 10 from noon to 5 p.m. This year, the festival committee has added more entertainment and venues to the event.

The musical lineup includes Cleveland Heights groups Eclectic Vision, Blue Spruce Cats, The Spyder Stompers with Sister Sugar Pie and Get Back Duo.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 2:16 PM, 06.30.2014

July 1–7 is Independents Week in the Heights

At its June 16 meeting, CH City Council passed a resolution declaring July 1–7, 2014, Independents Week in Cleveland Heights. Representatives of FutureHeights and Heights Arts urged council to pass the resolution in remarks that preceded the meeting.

Council Member Jeff Coryell, who introduced the resolution, said, “Independents Week is a time to celebrate the independence of members of our community and the entrepreneurial spirit represented by our local independent businesses.”

Coryell added, “I want to emphasize that independent businesses help preserve the uniqueness of our community and give Cleveland Heights a stronger sense of place. Our independent businesses give back to the community in goods and services, time and talent, and the health of our economy depends on the support of businesses owned by the city’s friends and residents.”

Coryell urged residents to “go shop local and invest in our community by buying products and services by independent businesses based right here in Cleveland Heights.”

Mayor Dennis Wilcox thanked residents of Cleveland Heights, saying, “They have shown time and time again that they support our local businesses.”

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 11:00 AM, 06.24.2014

Two students receive the 2014 Officer Jason D. West Memorial Scholarship

Cleveland Heights High School held its annual Senior Awards Night on May 28. Among the seniors receiving local, state and national scholarship awards were the recipients of the 2014 Officer Jason D. West Memorial Scholarship: graduating seniors Michael Kowalski and Cameron Steele.

“This year’s class did not make it easy for the scholarship selection committee,” commented committee member Dawn Quintana, who made the presentations along with CHP Officer Sean Hinkle, and Kamille Harris, the 2011 West Memorial Scholarship award recipient.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 11:20 AM, 06.24.2014

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 6-2-2014

JUNE 2, 2014

  • Purchases authorized by the city manager
  • Multifunction printer lease
  • Truck cab and chassis purchase
  • Zoning variances
  • Police dispatchers’ labor agreement
  • LGBT pride month
  • Community Development Block Grant funds
  • Hyde Park Avenue wins award
  • Meet the Police

All council members were present.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 11:28 AM, 06.16.2014

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 5-19-2014

MAY 19, 2014

  • Chuck Miller and the Landmarks Commission
  • Public comments
  • Expenses without bidding
  • Shredding day
  • Bicycling events
  • Motorcars Honda expansion
  • Missing Persons Day
  • City code replacement pages
  • Automated time and attendance system
  • Upcoming events

All council members were present.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 11:06 AM, 06.16.2014

CH launches new mobile app to facilitate communication with residents

On June 16, the City of Cleveland Heights will launch a mobile app called Access Cleveland Heights for the Android and Apple smartphone platforms. The app is part of a broader technology initiative that has made budget, spending and police reports instantly available online.

The app, which was the brainchild of Tanisha Briley, city manager, is a $9,800 investment intended to facilitate communication between residents and the city through an extensive array of reporting services.

Using Access Cleveland Heights, residents can inform the city about a range of problems, including city park and property conditions, broken parking meters, trash collection issues, graffiti, potholes, private property conditions, tall grass and weeds, traffic signs, tree issues, vacant properties and water leaks.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 12:46 PM, 06.10.2014

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 5-5-2014

MAY 5, 2014

  • Public comments
  • City purchases
  • National Preservation Month
  • Community Development Block Grant
  • Bike proclamations
  • Street resurfacing
  • Zoning variances
  • Noble neighborhood community meeting

All council members were present.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 12:39 PM, 05.20.2014

Real estate agency dubs Cleveland Heights a foodie paradise

Real estate agency Movoto has ranked Cleveland Heights the third most exciting place in Ohio, following Lakewood and Oxford, calling it a "foodie paradise."

Movoto, an online real estate brokerage based in San Mateo, Calif., operates in 36 states and in Washington, D.C.

The agency ranked each of 173 cities in the state of Ohio with a population of more than 10,000. It scored each city based on seven criteria: nightlife per capita (bars, clubs, comedy), live music venues per capita, active life options per capita (parks, outdoor activities), fast food restaurants per capita (the fewer the better), percentage of restaurants that are not fast food (the higher the better), percentage of residents ages 18 to 34 (the higher the better), and population density (the higher the better).

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 10:25 AM, 05.20.2014

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 4-23-2014

APRIL 23, 2014

  • New law director
  • Public comments
  • Consulting firm to review city operations
  • Taxation of live entertainment venues
  • Bidding and purchasing changes
  • New trees
  • Curfew Penalty Review Board
  • Lead remediation
  • New police vehicles
  • Six new firefighters sworn in
  • Eric Coble

All council members were present.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 10:34 AM, 05.18.2014

Janine R. Boyd wins May primary for Ohio House seat

Cleveland Heights City Council Member Janine R. Boyd overwhelming won the primary election for state representative for the Ohio 9th District on May 6. Boyd defeated fellow Democrat Sean P. Malone with 8,460 votes. Malone, an attorney from Shaker Heights garnered 4,431 votes. Boyd will go up against Republican Charles Hopson in the Nov. 6 general election. 

Boyd's mother, Barbara Boyd, currently holds the seat of Ohio 9th District Representative, which includes Cleveland Heights, University Heights, and Shaker Heights. The senior Boyd did not seek re-election due to term limits. Her term ends at the end of the year.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 1:00 PM, 05.13.2014

Beaumont School makes progress on STEM expansion

If you drive along North Park Boulevard, you cannot miss the nearly 25,000 square feet of steel shining in the spring sun on the campus of Beaumont School. In September 2013, Beaumont publically launched its $9.5 million capital campaign and broke ground on a new academic building that will house eight classrooms designed for science, technology, engineering and math—STEM subjects. Despite a hard winter, construction has stayed close to schedule, and the new academic building is planned to open in January 2015.

In addition to STEM classrooms, the new building will house administrative and guidance offices in order to position school leadership directly between two school buildings. There will be a student commons to provide students with a space for collaborative or individual study, and a new front entrance and driveway. The new building will be LEED certified (a green building certification) at the silver level.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 2:58 PM, 05.01.2014

Anthony J. Farris is new CH law director

At its April 23 meeting, Cleveland Heights City Council voted to approve the appointment of Anthony J. Farris as the city’s first full-time law director. City Manager Tanisha Briley selected Farris as law director, but his appointment became effective only with the approval of a majority of city council, in accordance with the CH City Charter.

Farris, a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, spent the majority of his career in municipal law with the City of Youngstown, holding several positions including chief assistant prosecutor, deputy law director and law director.

“He played a major role in reforming the city’s housing code in dealing creatively with the foreclosure crisis in Youngstown. He has represented the city in collective bargaining negotiations and has handled general civil legislation,” said Briley.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 10:07 AM, 04.29.2014

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 4-7-2014

APRIL 7, 2014

  • Public comments
  • Emergency purchases
  • Liquor licenses
  • Nuisance properties
  • Parks and recreation appointment
  • Council proclamations:
  • Community events announced:
  • Recycling news
  • Bonds for city expenditures
  • Public works purchases
  • State Issue 1 for infrastructure funding
  • Zoning board appeals
  • Loose-leaf pickup
  • Crumb rubber infill
  • Michael Benjamin

Council members Mary Dunbar and Jason Stein were absent.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 6:40 PM, 04.16.2014

Cleveland Heights selects candidate for full-time law director position

The City of Cleveland Heights announced on Friday, April 11, that Anthony Farris has been selected as the final candidate for the law director position. Farris, a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, has spent the majority of his career in municipal law with the City of Youngstown. He has held several positions including chief assistant prosecutor, deputy law director and law director.

"The decision was made to hire a full-time law director to maximize accessibility, efficiency and consistency for the City", said City Manager Tanisha Briley "We took our time to find the right candidate and were impressed with the depth and range of legal and community issues that Mr. Farris has been involved in during his career."

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 11:06 AM, 04.14.2014

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 3-17-14

MARCH 17, 2014

  • Public comments
  • Fair housing audits
  • Housing council appointments
  • Nuisance bar
  • Employee compensation
  • First Suburbs Development Council
  • St. Baldrick fundraiser
  • Fair Housing Month
  • Community announcements
  • Capital improvements
  • Denison Park field project
  • Public works purchase

All council members were present.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 1:40 PM, 04.08.2014

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 3-3-14

MARCH 3, 2014

  • Public comments
  • Turkey Ridge development and CRAs
  • Doan Brook Watershed Partnership
  • Mayfield Road traffic signal upgrades
  • School Travel Plan
  • Zoning variances
  • Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP)
  • HOME agreement with HRRC
  • FEMA grant
  • Nuisance properties
  • Employee compensation
  • Citizen appointments
  • Red Cross Month

All council members were present.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 12:56 PM, 03.15.2014

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 2-18-2014

FEBRUARY 18, 2014

  • Public comments
  • Roadwork and other bids
  • 2013 Public Safety Annual Reports
  • HVAC contract
  • Turkey Ridge
  • Outstanding Neighbor of the Month Award
  • Silver Sneakers
  • Community announcements
  • Snow removal issues
  • Chessie Bleick

Council Member Janine R. Boyd was absent.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 11:43 AM, 03.10.2014

CH Council votes to create Turkey Ridge CRA

Cleveland Heights City Council voted to create the Turkey Ridge Community Reinvestment Area (CRA), granting tax abatement to two economic developments projects, at its March 3 meeting, on third reading. Council passed the measure 6-1, with Council Member Jeff Coryell casting the dissenting vote.

“Income tax provides more than 50 percent of the city’s revenues,” said Mayor Dennis Wilcox in explaining his reason for voting for the ordinance. “I asked myself, ‘will the city be better today with or without this project?’”

“I have deep misgivings about this legislation,” said Coryell. “I am not convinced that the proposed Turkey Ridge town homes are the type of development upon which such a large incentive—a 15-year, 100 percent property tax abatement—should be lavished.”

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 1:29 PM, 03.04.2014

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 1-21-2014

JANUARY 21, 2014

  • Public comments
  • Bids, RFPs
  • Liquor licenses
  • Community book discussion
  • Issue 32 public hearing
  • Teen poetry slam
  • Arnold Pinkney
  • Sanitary sewer work
  • Safe routes to school
  • Cedar Lee streetscape
  • Heritage Home Program
  • Juvenile offender mentoring
  • Fire department reporting system
  • Notable Heights residents

All council members were present.

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 11:25 AM, 02.03.2014

City of Cleveland Heights offers citizens more information online

The City of Cleveland Heights recently made more information available to residents on its website, www.clevelandheights.com. On Feb. 6, the city announced that it was making available online a searchable database of incident and accident reports. Last month, the city launched an OpenGov site that provides annual budget and financial reports.

In a Feb. 6 news release, Tanisha Briley, city manager, said, "Using technology to make us more efficient, accessible, and responsive is a priority for the city in 2014. OpenGov and online police reports are just the beginning of more initiatives to come this year."

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 11:34 AM, 02.11.2014

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 2-3-2014

FEBRUARY 3, 2014

  • Public comments
  • Lennox/Surrey parking garage.
  • Civil Service Commission
  • Liquor licenses
  • Ambulance
  • 2014 street resurfacing
  • Turkey Ridge development
  • Building code fees increased
  • Nuisance business and properties
  • Recreation Advisory Board appointments
  • Police reports on website
  • American Heart Month
  • African American History Month

All council members were present.

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 5:58 PM, 02.13.2014

Cleveland Heights cancels refuse pickup for Tuesday, Jan. 7; warming station open at community center

Citing a forecast of "dangerously low temperatures and wind chills," the City of Cleveland Heights announced that it has canceled its refuse and recycling collection for Tuesday, Jan. 7, due to the extremely cold weather.

The city reminds those in need of a place to stay warm that the Cleveland Heights Community Center, 1 Monticello Blvd., will be open until 9 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 6 and all day Tuesday, Jan. 7.

As for a holiday schedule change, refuse and recycling pickup will be delayed by one day, for the rest of the week.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 1:37 PM, 01.06.2014

CH City Council expected to elect new mayor at Jan. 6 meeting

At its Jan. 6 meeting, Cleveland Heights City Council will swear in newly elected council members and then nominate and vote on a new president of council, who serves as mayor of the City of Cleveland Heights.

According to the meeting agenda, Vice Mayor Dennis Wilcox will request nominations for the Office of President of Council. Then, council members will vote, and the oath of office will be administered to the new president of council.

Subsequently, the new president of council (aka “mayor”) will request nominations for the Office of Vice President of Council. Council members will vote, and the oath of office will be administered to the new vice president of council (aka “vice mayor”).

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 12:33 PM, 01.06.2014

'We the People' public hearing set for Jan. 23

On Jan. 23 at 6 p.m., Cleveland Heights residents are invited to attend and participate in the first annual We the People public hearing sponsored by the City of Cleveland Heights. It will take place in Council Chambers at City Hall.

The hearing will examine the impact of political influence by corporate entities (these include business corporations, Political Action Committees, Super PACs, 501c4 groups and unions) and big money in connection with elections.

This public hearing was established by ordinance with the passage of Issue 32 in November 2013—supported by 77 percent of those who voted on it.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 6:21 PM, 01.15.2014

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 1-6-14

JANUARY 6, 2014

  • Organizational meeting
  • Public comment
  • Shelter during cold spell
  • Liquor license transfer
  • Advisory committees
  • Cold weather delayed garbage pickup
  • School travel plan
  • Move to Amend hearing

All council members were present.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 4:04 PM, 01.15.2014

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights12-16-13

DECEMBER 16, 2013

  • Law Director John Gibbon
  • Public comments
  • Bids
  • Building code amendment
  • Cedar Road section to honor Jason West
  • On-street parking permits
  • Housing discrimination
  • Insurance agreements
  • Recreation legislation for 2014
  • Transportation Advisory Committee
  • Budget
  • Increased fees
  • Bank account
  • Turkey Ridge development
  • Retiring Council Member Caplan
  • Retiring Mayor Edward Kelley

All council members were present.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 4:44 PM, 01.14.2014

John Gibbon, longtime CH law director, retires

On Dec. 31, John Gibbon, law director for the City of Cleveland Heights, retired from the position he held for 28 years. Gibbon, a partner with Walter Haverfield LLP, a Cleveland law firm, also served the city for six years as assistant law director. 

The law director, a part-time position, oversees several full-time staff members in the Law Department, which represents the city in all criminal prosecutions and civil litigation; acts as legal advisor and counsel to the city manager, city council and all city offices, employees, departments, boards and commissions; and prepares legislation at council's request.

Prior to his work in Cleveland Heights, Gibbon was law director for the City of Aurora. He served as special council for several cities and has represented many public entities and nonprofits in Ohio during his career.

“An active citizenry has made it an interesting job,” said Gibbon.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 9:12 AM, 01.14.2014

CH City Council selects new mayor

At its first meeting in 2014, Cleveland Heights City Council selected Dennis Wilcox to serve as the president of council and the city’s mayor. Council selected Cheryl Stephens to serve as vice president of council and vice mayor.

Wilcox, 61, is a principal with Climaco, Wilcox, Peca, Tarantino & Garofoli Co., L.P.A., specializing in business and corporate law. He has served on council since 2000, most recently as vice mayor.

Stephens, 53, is director of acquisition, disposition and development for the Cuyahoga Land Bank and has served on council since 2010.

That council selected two of its longest-serving members for the positions was expected. Signaling a fresh approach, however, newly elected council member Melissa Yasinow nominated her fellow freshman council member, Jeff Coryell, for vice mayor.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 12:01 PM, 01.07.2014

Section of Cedar Road to become ‘Jason West Road’

At its Dec. 16 meeting, Cleveland Heights City Council passed a resolution to name a section of Cedar Road from Coventry Road to Lee Road “Jason West Road” to honor the memory of Cleveland Heights Investigator Jason D. West, who was killed in the line of duty on May 26, 2007.

The resolution, which was introduced by Council Member Janine Boyd, recognized West for his dedication and devotion to the community he served as a police officer. It read, “This dedication is to be a daily reminder to our community and to all who pass by that we will never forget and we will always honor the ultimate sacrifice of Investigator Jason West.”

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 10:30 AM, 01.03.2014

Outgoing CH Mayor Kelley to run for County Council

On Dec. 3, Cleveland Heights Mayor Edward J. Kelley announced his decision to run for Cuyahoga County Council. Kelley did not seek re-election to Cleveland Heights City Council and his term there will end on Dec. 31. 

Kelley will run for the District 10 seat, currently occupied by Julian Rogers, who announced his resignation from county council on Nov. 20. Rogers resigned to take a position with Cleveland State University, and his resignation is effective Jan. 31, 2014.

“Julian Rogers has represented us well,” said Kelley, in a press release. “I will continue his commitment to public service, adding my own experience and understanding of the need for regional solutions. I know this will be a spirited campaign, and I welcome the opportunity to participate.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 12:08 PM, 12.03.2013