Cleveland Heights

Wilcox will not seek fifth term; eight others vie for CH City Council seats

Cleveland Heights Mayor Dennis Wilcox has announced that he will not run for reelection in the Nov. 3 general election. Wilcox, 62, is a principal with Climaco, Wilcox, Peca, Tarantino & Garofoli Co., L.P.A., specializing in business and corporate law. He has served four consecutive four-year terms on council, and was elected president of council—mayor of Cleveland Heights—in 2014. In Cleveland Heights, city council president is elected by city council members.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 11:34 PM, 08.31.2015

38th annual Heights Heritage Home & Garden tour set for Sept. 20

The 38th annual Heights Heritage Home & Garden Tour, sponsored by Heights Community Congress (HCC), gives tourgoers the opportunity to discover six Cleveland Heights homes and five gardens, to explore their history and learn what makes them unique. This year’s self-guided tour, with the theme, Step Inside Our Stories, will take place on Sunday, Sept. 20, noon to 6 p.m.

A preview party is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 19, at The Alcazar, a historic landmark. After a preview tour of selected homes, preview party guests will return to The Alcazar for fun, food, drinks and entertainment.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 11:32 PM, 08.31.2015

Understanding crime in Cleveland Heights: A snapshot of the CHPD

At a public forum this summer, sponsored by FutureHeights and the Heights Observer, Cleveland Heights Police Chief Jeffrey Robertson said that maintaining diversity on the police force is a management priority.

“Officers in this department come from many different backgrounds, as do the residents of the city,” Robertson said. “I feel that a well-educated work force that reflects the community that it serves is helpful in the job that we do.”

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 10:51 PM, 08.31.2015

GrowingHeights names new coordinator

GrowingHeights, a Heights-based organization created to connect and grow local community gardens, has added a familiar face to a leadership role. Chris Hanson assumed the role of coordinator on Aug. 1. The position was originally held by Samantha Provencio, who was known for her highly detailed and helpful newsletters and website.

Hanson had his first taste of the Heights as a FutureHeights intern in 2012. He graduated cum laude that year from Cleveland State University with a B.A. in Urban Studies. Wanting to continue service to his community and country, Hanson then enlisted in the Ohio Army National Guard as a combat engineer. He now lives in The Canterbury, a building located in the Cedar Taylor neighborhood of Cleveland Heights.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 8:18 PM, 08.31.2015

Dennis Wilcox will not seek a fifth term on Cleveland Heights City Council

Cleveland Heights Mayor Dennis Wilcox has announced that he will not run for reelection in the Nov. 3 general election. Wilcox, 62, is a principal with Climaco, Wilcox, Peca, Tarantino & Garofoli Co., L.P.A., specializing in business and corporate law. He has served four consecutive four-year terms on council, and was elected president of council—mayor of Cleveland Heights—in 2014. In Cleveland Heights, city council president is elected by city council members.

Wilcox cited the need to run his law firm and the desire to spend more time with his family as the reason for his decision not to run.

“Cleveland Heights is a great city, and I have enjoyed working with our excellent city staff and my hard working colleagues on council,” he said in a press release. “I will dedicate myself to achieving goals in the next five months that council and the city have made a priority, including working to pass our additional 0.25 percent income tax in November.”

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 11:45 AM, 07.30.2015

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 8-3-2015

AUGUST 3, 2015

  • Public comments
  • Fall and winter recreation
  • Server performance
  • Zoning variance
  • Regional business development practices
  • Public engagement
  • Mayor’s comments on the city

Council Member Jason Stein was absent.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 10:27 AM, 08.16.2015

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 7-20-2015

JULY 20, 2015

  • TAX BUDGET HEARING
  • REGULAR MEETING
    • Public comments
    • Water rate increases
    • Zoning variances
    • Anti-poaching business development
    • Tax budget
    • Income tax
    • Nuisance properties
    • City development

All council members were present.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 10:26 AM, 08.16.2015

Cleveland Heights residents monitor city's search for water solutions

Approximately 40 Cleveland Heights residents crowded into city council chambers on July 13, as City Manager Tanisha Briley presented a detailed update on the city’s troubled water department. Most in the audience sported stickers reading, “Public water? Yes!” created by writer and activist Joyce Brabner, and distributed by Cleveland Heights Citizens for Safe, Affordable Water.

Present at the Committee of the Whole meeting were Mayor Dennis Wilcox, Vice Mayor Cheryl Stephens, and council members Jeff Coryell, Kahlil Seren and Melissa Yasinow. Council members Mary Dunbar and Jason Stein were out of town. Flanking Briley were Utilities Commissioner Colette Clinkscale and other city staff members.

In a presentation that lasted more than one-and-a-half hours, Briley reported on both short-term measures to curb financial losses, and the city’s efforts to find long-term solutions to the water department’s looming deficit and decaying infrastructure.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 9:41 AM, 07.28.2015

CHPD seeking applicants for 2015 Citizens Police Academy

The Cleveland Heights Police Department (CHPD) is accepting applications for the second class of the Cleveland Heights Citizens Police Academy.

Participation is free. The brief application process is open to anyone interested in learning more about how police are trained and how CHPD operates.

In 12 classes conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings over six weeks beginning Aug. 11, students in the Citizens Police Academy will receive survey-level instruction on the same topics taught to full-time cadets who train there. Each topic is covered by an academy instructor who is knowledgeable, highly trained and active in the field. 

The instructors speak from substantial, personal knowledge and experience, according to members of the 2014 Citizens Police Academy, and were open to dialogue while providing straightforward answers to questions.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 10:07 AM, 07.21.2015

City dedicates Forest Hill Park ball field in honor of Jim Brennan

On Saturday, July 11, the City of Cleveland Heights dedicated Ball Field #5, the main field at Forest Hill Park, in honor of Jim Brennan, the former owner of Brennan’s Colony on Lee Road who was murdered last year.

"Jim Brennan was an enthusiastic supporter of our recreation programs for over 20 years," said Mayor Dennis Wilcox. "He sponsored softball teams and held many an after-game celebration at The Colony. This dedication celebrates and honors the energy and commitment Jim brought to our Cleveland Heights community."

A dedication ceremony was held prior to the All-Star softball games, which are traditionally held the second weekend in July each year. The city also declared that, from now on, the weekend will be called the Brennan All-Star Weekend. In 1999, Brennan was inducted as a member of the Cleveland Heights Softball Hall of Fame, because of his sponsorship of many softball teams over the years.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 11:40 AM, 07.14.2015

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 7-6-2015

JULY 6, 2015

  • Public comments
  • Parks and recreation department
  • Police vehicle purchases
  • Nuisance designations postponed
  • Zoning appeals
  • Master Planning Steering Committee appointments
  • Upcoming community events:
  • Bonds issued
  • Tax budget
  • Municipal income tax proposal
  • Sewer overflow control
  • City garage repairs
  • “We are a Colony”

Council Member Mary Dunbar was absent.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 11:14 AM, 07.16.2015

CH City Council announces members of Master Plan Steering Committee

At its July 6 meeting, Cleveland Heights City Council announced the names of residents appointed to serve on an 11-member committee to oversee the development of a master plan for the city.

The members are Michael Ungar, chair of the city’s Planning Commission; Howard Maier, co-chair of the city’s Transportation Advisory Committee; Jeanne Diamond, a member of the city’s Commission on Aging; Ken Dowell, a member of the city’s Recreation Advisory Board; Allison McCallum, a member of the city’s Citizens Advisory Committee; Bill Mitchell, owner of Mitchell’s Fine Chocolates in the Cedar Lee Business District, representing city merchants; Saroya Queen-Tabor, a CH-UH City School District parent and chair of the district’s Strategic Planning Committee, representing education stakeholders; Julia Kious Zabell, a member of the FutureHeights Board of Directors; and residents Kristin Hopkins, Yovan "Lou" Radivoyevitch and Chuck Miller. Hopkins is a principal planner with CT Consultants and lives on Bellfield Avenue. Radivoyevitch is vice president of sales for RAD Graphics Inc., a tactical marketing firm, and lives on Dartmoor Road. Chuck Miller is a principal with Doty & Miller Architects and lives on Mayfield Road.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 11:38 AM, 07.14.2015

Cleveland Heights proposes income tax rate increase

Cleveland Heights City Council is proposing an increase in the city’s income tax rate. If approved by voters in November, the quarter-percentage-point increase would take effect on Jan. 1, 2016. It would be the first rate increase since 1979.

In introducing the proposed increase on first reading at the city council meeting on July 6, Vice Mayor Cheryl Stephens cited cuts in state funding as the cause of the city’s budget woes. She explained that the rate increase from the present 2 percent of income to 2.25 percent would not apply to retirement income. The current half-percentage-point credit for income earned outside of Cleveland Heights would remain in effect.

After Stephens formally introduced the ordinance authorizing the tax hike, Mayor Dennis Wilcox explained why the increase is needed. He reiterated the effect of reductions in state funding of local governments, which have included significant cuts to the Local Government Fund and the elimination of the inheritance tax.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 9:39 AM, 07.14.2015

New group seeks to keep CH water public

Cleveland Heights Citizens for Safe, Affordable Water is a new organization that advocates public ownership and operation of the Cleveland Heights water system. The group formed in response to a move by the city to lease its ailing, century-old water system to a private utility.

On May 27, the City of Cleveland Heights tabled discussions with Aqua Ohio, a subsidiary of the $3.76-billion private utility Aqua America. The decision followed a May 26 public forum at which approximately 230 Cleveland Heights residents gathered to air objections to the proposed 20-year lease. For more than two hours, participants lined up at the microphone to address questions, comments and, in some cases, admonitions to Tanisha Briley, Cleveland Heights city manager, and Edmund Kolodziej, Aqua Ohio president and chief operating officer.

Cleveland Heights purchases water from the Cleveland Water Department, and resells it to residents and businesses. Out of 58 municipalities in Cuyahoga County, 54 receive water directly from the Cleveland Water Department. Cleveland Heights is one of only four “master meter” cities, which operate their own water departments.

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 10:39 AM, 06.16.2015

Cleveland Heights continues to explore water options

The City of Cleveland Heights announced May 27 that no action will be taken at this time on the Letter of Intent (LOI) regarding a proposed partnership with Aqua Ohio to manage the city's water utility. It made this announcement following a public forum held on May 26 at the Cleveland Heights Community Center, which more than 200 residents attended.

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 5:10 PM, 05.27.2015

Cleveland Heights crime rates continue slide in first quarter of 2015

Data for the first quarter of 2015 shows a continuing decline in crime in Cleveland Heights across most categories. The summary data for the period January through March was released by the Cleveland Heights Police Department in mid-May, and represents all so-called "Part I" crimes, which are serious offenses as defined by the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting system.

In the first three months of the year, total violent crime was down 50 percent from the same period last year, and was 70 percent below the peak year of 2012.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 1:43 PM, 05.29.2015

Deadline is April 22 for CH Master Plan Steering Committee applicants

Cleveland Heights City Council is accepting applications for the Master Plan Steering Committee (Ordinance No. 21-2015), the purpose of which is to review City policies and create a Master Plan for the overall vision of the City of Cleveland Heights and its part in the growth and development of the Greater Cleveland Metro Area. The deadline for completed applications is Wednesday, April 22.

The Committee shall consist of 11 members, all of whom are Cleveland Heights residents and shall be appointed by City Council. The members shall include: three Cleveland Heights residents, at large; one current member of the Planning Commission; one current member of the Transportation Advisory Committee; one current member of the Citizens Advisory Committee; one current member of the Recreation Advisory Board; one current member of the Commission on Aging; one current member of the board of FutureHeights; one person to represent the interests of the educational community within the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District; and one person to represent the general interests of the Cleveland Heights business community.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 10:32 AM, 04.21.2015

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 3-16-2015

MARCH 16, 2015

  • Public comments
  • Retiree Patti Wilhelm
  • Liquor permit applications
  • Steering committee for master plan
  • Nuisance properties
  • Rising home values
  • Donating usable stuff
  • Compensation for city employees
  • CDBG funds
  • Lee Road streetscape contract
  • Street resurfacing contract
  • Winter potholes

Council Member Jeff Coryell was absent.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 1:40 PM, 04.16.2015

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 2-17-2015

FEBRUARY 17, 2015

  • New council member
  • Public comments
  • Media correction on recreation rates
  • Nuisance residential properties
  • CAC appointments
  • Recreation programs and rates for 2015
  • St. Baldrick’s Foundation
  • State of the city

All council members were present.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 3:03 PM, 03.09.2015

Hebrew Academy to purchase CH portion of Oakwood Club

Hebrew Academy of Cleveland (HAC) will purchase the 92-acre Cleveland Heights portion of the former Oakwood Country Club from First Interstate Properties of Lyndhurst. In September 2014, HAC signed a letter of intent to purchase the property, and academy officials say they expect to finalize the acquisition within the next couple of weeks.

“This is an exciting development and I’m very pleased they are making this investment in Cleveland Heights. I look forward to their growth and bright future in the city,” said CH City Council Member Jason Stein.

The Oakwood Club, the first major Jewish organization located in Cleveland Heights, was founded in 1905 as a 159-acre golf club by prominent Jewish business and civic leaders. In 2010, the club merged with the Mayfield Country Club, located in South Euclid, and put its property up for sale.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 1:44 PM, 03.30.2015

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 3-2-2015

MARCH 2, 2015

  • Liquor license denied
  • Zoning appeals
  • Master plan steering committee
  • Declining crime rate
  • City employee wages and salaries
  • Recreation legislation for 2015.
  • Fair Trade Town
  • Julie Alandt

Council member Jason Stein was absent.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 2:01 PM, 03.17.2015

Serious crime in Cleveland Heights down by 22.4 percent

Year-end crime statistics from the Cleveland Heights Police Department indicate that, despite a few high-profile cases, serious crime was down 22.4 percent in the city in 2014. Serious crimes consist of violent crimes against people and major crimes against property. Less serious incidents, such as trespassing and OVI, are not included in these figures.

Violent crime was down nearly 27.8 percent, led by a 42 percent drop in robberies—from 95 in 2013 to 55 last year. Aggravated assaults decreased 10 percent, to 37 last year.

“I’m proud of those results,” said Police Chief Jeffrey Robertson. “We can always do better, but the data shows we’re moving in the right direction. We’re only a month-and-a-half into 2015, but so far we’re trending lower still for this year.” 

There were two murders in the city last year—the same as 2013; and 10 rapes compared to six the previous year. For the second consecutive year, no rape or murder went unsolved.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 10:05 AM, 02.24.2015

Kahlil Seren appointed to CH City Council

Cleveland Heights City Council appointed Kahlil Seren to the unexpired term of Janine Boyd, newly elected Ohio State Representative, at its Feb. 17 meeting.

Kahlil Seren is a research and policy analyst for the Cuyahoga County Council. He had previously worked as a communications coordinator for the nonprofit Policy Matters. A five-year resident of Cleveland Heights, he grew up in East Cleveland and Beachwood, and currently resides in the Cedar Fairmount neighborhood. Seren has served on the city’s Citizens Advisory Committee, which advises council on the spending of Community Development Block Grants from the federal government.

Seren has a bachelor's degree from Cleveland State University and a Master of Science in urban studies from Cleveland State University.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 12:10 PM, 02.18.2015

A dogged crime-fighting team at the CHPD

At the end of a long, 12-hour shift, the youngest member of the Cleveland Heights Police Department is ready to go home. To make the point, he quietly nudges his partner. When that doesn't do the trick, he begins to whine.

His partner, Officer Tom Harris, describes it as rookie behavior. But it's understandable; the rookie is only 18 months old. His name is Jax and he's a German Shepherd.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 2:41 PM, 02.26.2015

CHPD to deploy body cameras among officers

Before the end of March, officers in the Traffic Safety Bureau of the Cleveland Heights Police Department (CHPD) will begin wearing body cameras to record their interactions with the public.

The CHPD has enough cameras to equip all officers on duty, but they will be put into use in two phases, according to Police Chief Jeffrey Robertson.

The department has approximately 105 officers, one-third of whom are on duty at any given time. The Traffic Safety Bureau represents about 40 percent of the force.

The cameras will be deployed first among officers in the Traffic Safety Bureau because they are in most-frequent contact with the public, Robertson said. That is expected to take place by mid-March. The second phase, which hasn't yet been scheduled, will put the cameras on all remaining on-duty officers. 

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 11:03 AM, 02.17.2015

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 2-2-2015

FEBRUARY 2, 2015

  • Public comments
  • Storefront renovation program
  • Nuisance properties
  • American Heart Month  
  • African-American History Month
  • Upcoming events
  • County sewer services
  • Restaurant anniversaries
  • Greg Zucca

All council members were present.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 7:19 PM, 02.12.2015

CH economic development director, Greg Zucca, resigns

The City of Cleveland Heights announced today that Greg Zucca, economic development director for the city, has resigned. Zucca has accepted a position with as the vice president of lending and lending operations for the Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI). He had been in his position with the city since June 2014.

"Economic development is a top priority for the city," said City Manager Tanisha Briley. "Greg Zucca provided the city with strong analytical and financial skill and a keen ability to build partnerships. We are disappointed to see him go, but wish him great success in his new role at ECDI. We look forward to working with him and ECDI to strengthen and support our thriving small business community."

 

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 4:00 PM, 01.30.2015

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 1-5-2015

JANUARY 5, 2015

  • Labor agreement
  • Public works
  • Alcazar conversion
  • Loan agreement for Medusa property
  • Council vacancy

All council members were present; there was one vacancy as Janine Boyd, former council member, took office in the Ohio House of Representatives.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 11:44 AM, 01.17.2015

Cleveland Heights Democrats Club recommends Carol Roe for council vacancy

The Cleveland Heights Democrats Club has voted to recommend to CH City Council that Carol Roe, a 35-year resident and Noble Neighborhood activist, fill the council vacancy left by the resignation of newly elected Ohio State Representative Janine Boyd. 

At the club’s Jan. 8 meeting at the Cleveland Heights Community Center, three club members, Roe, Kahlil Seren and Keba Sylla, articulated why they should be appointed by city council and responded to questions from the audience.

Club members selected Roe, who is a registered nurse and licensed attorney, on more than 50 percent of the ballots cast.

Cleveland Heights City Council fills mid-term vacancies by soliciting applications from residents wishing to serve. After review, council members usually select a small group of qualified applicants for group interview, and then vote to determine which finalist will be appointed to fill the vacancy.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 10:15 AM, 01.13.2015

Developer looks to transform Grace Lutheran into housing

On Dec. 29, Grace Lutheran Church signed a Letter of Intent with SRC Investments Corporation of Mentor. In the letter, Richard Ferris, SRC owner, stated his intent to adaptively reuse the landmark church building at 13001 Cedar Road for housing. Fifty-five of 58 church members present at the Dec. 29 meeting approved the signing of the letter.

Sources at the church—who did not wish to be quoted—emphasized that the church is in the early stages of negotiating a purchase agreement for the building, and that nothing is final. “The building is not sold, and the congregation has not disbanded,” said a member of the church’s management team.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 9:32 AM, 01.08.2015

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 also 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

Understanding crime in Cleveland Heights: First in a series

Late in 2014, the Cleveland Heights Police Department began posting information about local crime rates on the city’s website (http://bit.do/crimestats).

“Communication between the police and the citizens we serve is essential,” explained Cleveland Heights Police Chief Jeffrey Robertson. “Along with our Facebook and Twitter feeds, Meet Your Police meetings, and other community outreach efforts, such as the Citizen's Police Academy, the posting and ease of access to these statistics continues my commitment to transparency.”

Now, the Heights Observer is working with the police department to amplify and interpret the data to eventually foster a better understanding of public safety issues in Cleveland Heights.

Reports in this series will be published at least once per quarter—and perhaps more often, depending on time constraints at the police department and among Observer volunteers.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 12:17 PM, 01.03.2015

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