Cleveland Heights

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

New CH Youth Advisory Commission members appointed; plan December toy drive

The City of Cleveland Heights announced on Nov. 26 that the Youth Advisory Commission for the 2013–14 school year has been appointed. High school students who are Cleveland Heights residents were selected from public, private and parochial schools.

The commission’s first project of the year is a Toy Drive to benefit children in the community. Donations ranging from basic necessities to educational toys for boys ages 5–7 and girls ages 8–11 (no wrapping required) will be accepted at the Cleveland Heights Community Center, 1 Monticello Boulevard through Wednesday, Dec. 11.

The commission, which was created by Cleveland Heights City Council in January 2013, works to promote understanding and awareness of government among youth, encourage participation in government by youth, provide advice to council on issues affecting youth, promote communication between young people and adults within the community and work on projects that better the community.

In addition to the 15 appointed members, nonvoting members include seniors who would like to continue with the commission. Adult advisors include Council Member Jason Stein and representatives from the Recreation Advisory Board, the Cleveland Heights Police Department and Heights High.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 10:54 AM, 12.03.2013

Power outage update from City of Cleveland Heights and CEI/First Energy

In an Oct. 25 news release, the City of Cleveland Heights announced that residents who are without power, and need a place to stay warm, "are welcome to come to the Cleveland Heights Community Center, located at 1 Monticello Boulevard at Mayfield Road. It will be open as a warming center all day."

As of Friday morning, according to a City of Cleveland Heights news release, First Energy/CEI estimated that 3,181 Cleveland Heights customers were without power, and an estimated 14,000 CEI customers were without power.

First Energy/CEI estimates that power will be restored to the majority of customers by midnight on Friday, with larger outage groups restored sooner. Some single outages may not be restored until Saturday, according to the company.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 12:22 PM, 10.25.2013

CH City Council amends nuisance ordinance

At its Nov. 18 meeting, Cleveland Heights City Council unanimously approved an amendment to city ordinances to enable the city to revoke an occupancy permit for up to 12 months if the city determines a tenant of a rental property is a "nuisance."

Council Member Jason Stein, who introduced the amendment, said, “For too long, some absentee landlords have failed to ensure that the tenants they rent to are good neighbors.”

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 11:10 AM, 11.26.2013

CH changes dates of its November free parking weekend

The City of Cleveland Heights has changed its free parking weekend for the month of November. The new dates are Friday, Nov. 29 through Sunday, Dec. 1. The new dates correspond with the traditional start of the holiday shopping season.

“I think the consensus was to capitalize on early shopping and gathering with friends and family,” said Kelley Robinson, director of the Cedar Lee Special Improvement District, in an e-mail. “Nov. 30 is Small Business Saturday and many households will have extended guests in town due to Thanksgiving.”

During a free parking weekend, parking is free wherever there is a meter: on the street, in city parking lots and in city parking garages.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 2:49 PM, 11.19.2013

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 11-4-2013

NOVEMBER 4, 2013

  • Citizen comments
  • BMV audit
  • Holiday trash schedule
  • Doan Brook Watershed Partnership anniversary
  • Sale of public land
  • Cedar Lee Theater loan
  • HOME funds
  • Code changes align with state law

All council members were present.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 12:06 PM, 11.16.2013

2013 election brings new faces to CH Council, familiar ones to UH

Cleveland Heights City Council will have two new members in 2014. Newcomer Jeff Coryell, who previously ran for council in 2011, garnered the most votes, 6,595. Melissa Yasinow, who ran for the first time, received the second most votes, 6,126. Incumbents Cheryl Stephens and Jason Stein were re-elected with 5,761 and 5,753 votes respectively.

All will be sworn in at the first council meeting of the new year, at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 6, in council chambers.

Janine Boyd, who ran unopposed, was elected to an unexpired two-year term to Cleveland Heights City Council. She also will be sworn in on Jan. 6.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 1:09 PM, 11.12.2013

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 10-21-13

OCTOBER 21, 2013

  • Bicycle Friendly Community award
  • Litigation against gas station
  • Transportation Advisory Committee
  • Nighttown benefit for hit and run victim
  • Contractual authority change
  • Vehicle and equipment purchases
  • Sewer overflow project
  • Leaf collection
  • Zoning variances
  • Vacant business structures
  • Nuisance properties
  • Halloween

All council members were present.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 11:25 AM, 11.08.2013

CH City Council meeting agenda for Nov. 4

The Cleveland Heights City Council has posted the agenda for its Nov. 4 meeting. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Cleveland Heights City Hall.

The finance committee report includes a resolution that would authorize the city manager to enter into an agreement with Cedar Lee Theatre for a loan under the city's economic development loan fund program for assistance in the restoration of the theatre's Lee Road marquee.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 9:48 AM, 11.04.2013

CH City Council meeting agenda for Oct. 21

The Cleveland Heights City Council has posted the agenda for its Oct. 21 meeting. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Cleveland Heights City Hall.

The report of the city manager includes a request for authority to receive bids for Lee Boulevard waterline replacement between Forest Hills Boulevard and Burlington Road.

The Community Relations and Recreation Committee will present an ordinance establishing a Transportation Advisory Committee.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 1:02 PM, 10.21.2013

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 10-7-13

OCTOBER 7, 2013

  • Citizen comments
  • Liquor licenses
  • Labor agreements
  • Recreation Advisory appointments
  • Awareness Months: domestic violence, breast cancer
  • CDBG application
  • Lee Boulevard waterline replacement
  • Natural Gas Aggregation Program
  • Leaf pickup
  • Zoning variances
  • Lopez loan agreement
  • Youth Advisory Commission

All council members were present.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 11:58 AM, 10.16.2013

National organization names CH a bronze-level bicycle-friendly community

In an Oct. 15 news release, the City of Cleveland Heights announced that it has been named a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) by the League of American Bicyclists.

According to the news release, Cleveland Heights joins an increasing number of city leaders across the country who are recognizing the environmental, financial and quality of life benefits that come with [being] a bicycle-friendly community.

"Cleveland Heights is playing a critical part in creating a truly Bicycle Friendly America," said Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists. "We know Cleveland Heights' investment in bicycling will be returned many times over in the health, environmental, and quality of life benefits of a thriving community."

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 1:07 PM, 10.15.2013

Court orders Noble Roman Gas Station to stop the sale of items out of the service bay area

In a statement released today, the City of Cleveland Heights announced that the Court has ordered the owner of the Noble Roman gas station (corner of Monticello Boulevard and Noble Road) to comply with a series of orders that will stop the sale of retail items out of the service bay area.

“This gas station has created nuisances for the neighborhood due to its sales from its service bays,” said Mayor Edward J. Kelley. “The city appreciates the ruling of Judge Villanueva, which will make such a difference for the businesses and surrounding streets.”

The order states in part that the owner must install signs advising that the sale of goods is prohibited in certain areas, that a closed circuit camera in the prohibited service areas be installed with a live feed to City Hall and that all employees must be trained regarding the order.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 12:11 PM, 10.04.2013

Cleveland Heights gains recognition as bicycle-friendly community

On Oct. 15, the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) announced its latest round of Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFCs), and Cleveland Heights became one of 32 new BFCs. Cleveland Heights joined two other suburban Ohio communities—Lakewood and Dublin—in achieving bronze-level BFC in this round. 

In 2010 the Heights Bicycle Coalition (HBC) was formed—a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and encouraging Heights community members on bicycle use. HBC has worked collaboratively with the City of Cleveland Heights and Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District ever since to make the community more bicycle friendly. Cleveland Heights has installed sharrows and bike lanes on roadways, as well as added many new bike racks in business districts, schools and parks.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 10:45 AM, 10.22.2013

North Coventry demolitions are first step in neighborhood revitalization efforts

On Sept. 25, officials from the Cuyahoga Land Bank and the cities of Cleveland Heights and East Cleveland gathered at 14048 Superior Ave. in East Cleveland. They were there to kick off one of five simultaneous home demolitions in the North Coventry neighborhood that is split evenly between the two cities.

“These demolitions are a marked change that will eliminate decades of decay to make way for economic development,” said East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton. “Through the partnership between the Cuyahoga Land Bank, the City of East Cleveland and the City of Cleveland Heights, in association with the former and current Cuyahoga County prosecutors and Attorney General Mike DeWine, we have embarked on a historic opportunity to rebuild the North Coventry neighborhood in such a way that the future will be brighter than the past.”

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 11:36 AM, 09.27.2013

CH City Council meeting agenda for Sept. 16

The Cleveland Heights City Council has posted the agenda for its Sept. 16 meeting. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Cleveland Heights City Hall.

The report from the Public Safety and Health Committee includes an ordinance ammending the section of the Housing Code for the City of Cleveland Heights that relates to the maintenance of roofs, gutters, downspouts and chimneys. The report also includes a resolution authorizing the city manager to enter into an agreement, through the Ohio Dept. of Transportation Cooperative Purchasing Program, to acquire a tow truck for the police department.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 10:46 AM, 09.16.2013

CH Democrats to endorse candidates in public meeting on Sept. 12

The Democratic Club of Cleveland Heights will hold its 2013 Candidate Endorsement Meeting on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m., in the Cleveland Heights Community Center. The meeting is free and open to the public; only club members in good standing are eligible to participate in the endorsement vote.

At the meeting, participating candidates for Cleveland Heights City Council and for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education will address the audience, to seek the endorsement of assembled club members for the upcoming November election.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 10:16 AM, 09.09.2013

Citizens Initiative Calling for End to Corporate "Personhood" & Money as Speech on November Ballot

Cleveland Heights voters will decide on Nov. 5 whether their city will take a stand against a controversial ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that corporations are people and money is speech, thanks to a citizens' initiative supported by nearly 3,100 signatures that was allowed onto the ballot by Cleveland Heights City Council by a unanimous vote on Aug. 5.

If approved by voters, the initiative, Issue 32, will establish an annual public hearing to examine the impact of big money in politics on our democracy. Following the hearing, the clerk of council will write letters to federal and state representatives summarizing the hearing and informing them that the citizens of Cleveland Heights have voted for a Constitutional Amendment declaring that only human beings possess Constitutional rights and money is not equivalent to political speech. The full text of the citizens’ initiative may be found at https://movetoamend.org/cleveland-heights-mta-circulates-initiative-0.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 4:12 PM, 10.01.2013

Restaurants compete in chili cook-off to benefit CH youth recreation programs

The Second Annual Chili Cook-Off will take place on Nov. 2 from 6–8 p.m. at the Cleveland Heights Community Center. Hosted by the City of Cleveland Heights Division of Parks & Recreation and the Recreation Advisory Board, the event will benefit the Heights Youth Recreation Fund, which provides scholarships and reduced rates for Cleveland Heights youth to participate in Cleveland Heights recreation programs and leagues.

The Chili Cook-Off will feature a variety of recipes and a spirited, but friendly, competition from Cleveland Heights and University Heights businesses, including Inn on Coventry, New Heights Grill, O’Rielly’s Pub, Rockefeller’s, Zagara’s and Barle Soup & Sandwich.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 4:25 PM, 10.01.2013

New Cleveland Heights city manager delighted to be back home

At just 34, Tanisha Briley has what could be called her dream job. In June, she was hired as the new city manager of Cleveland Heights. She started work on Aug. 1.

Briley grew up in Cleveland, mostly on the East Side. She’s the oldest of four children. “We moved around a lot,” she said, “but I was always touched by public administration—my teachers, the people at the rec center and the public housing authorities. I was always impressed by them, and I wanted to give back to my community.”

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 1:03 PM, 10.01.2013

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 9-3-2013

SEPTEMBER 3, 2013

  • Citizen communications: Spirit Corner community garden, tax burden, senior volunteers
  • Bid requests
  • Liquor license
  • Zoning variances
  • Cedar Lee SID assessment and plan
  • Street lighting and improvements assessments
  • Disposition of city property
  • Resurfacing


All council members were present.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 4:30 PM, 09.18.2013

CH City Council meeting agenda for Aug. 5

The Cleveland Heights City Council has posted the agenda for its Aug. 5 meeting. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Cleveland Heights City Hall.

The finance committee report includes consideration of several ordinances related to implementing a public services plan for the Cedar Fairmount Special Improvement District (SID), and advancing funds in anticipation of levying an assessment for the plan.

The finance committee report also presents several resolutions related to appointing an Assessment Equalization Board to hear objections relative to the estimated assessments for the Cedar Lee SID public services plan; appointing an Assessment Equalization Board to hear objections relative to the estimated assessments for a portion of the expense of street lighting; and appointing an Assessment Equalization Board to hear objections relative to estimated assessments for a portion of the expense of improvement of streets and parkways including grading, draining, curbing, paving . . .  removing snow therefrom, and planting, maintaining and removing shade trees thereon.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 11:36 AM, 08.05.2013

Improvements to streetscape planned for Cedar Lee

Long-planned streetscape improvements in the Cedar Lee commercial district are now on track for implementation in the summer of 2015, according to Richard Wong, Cleveland Heights planning and development director. A plan put together by Studio Techne Architects in 2008 will serve as the basis for the improvements. Studio Techne was also the firm that designed the renovation and expansion of the Lee Road Library a few years ago. 

The streetscape plan calls for installing two-level LED streetlights (illuminating both sidewalk and street) and crosswalks that are more clearly defined and pedestrian friendly. Other improvements will include increased signage, more bicycle racks, some new trees and trash cans, and bio-retention facilities that will help prevent stormwater from overwhelming the sewer system.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 1:42 PM, 08.30.2013

CH Youth Advisory Commission seeks new student members

Cleveland Heights City Council is accepting applications from Cleveland Heights students for its Youth Advisory Commission. Applicants should be in grades 9, 10 or 11, and 9th-graders in particular are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is Sept. 12 at 4 p.m.

Council members will make the selection and read the names of the appointed students into record during the Oct. 7 city council meeting. The first meeting of the commission for the upcoming 2013–14 school year will take place in October.

Council appointed the original student members to the commission in March. According to Noreen Fox, public relations coordinator for the City of Cleveland Heights, "Due to graduation and other commitments, there are some openings. The term is for one school year. Those who served last year will be contacted by staff and asked if they want to be appointed for another term."

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 11:44 AM, 08.21.2013

Cleveland Heights seeks nominations for Community Improvement and Historic Preservation awards

The City of Cleveland Heights asks residents to nominate a "deserving homeowner"—or themselves—for the city's Community Improvement or Tender Loving Care awards.

For a property to qualify, the improvements must be visible from a public right-of-way and must make the area more attractive. Residents can nominate a property for restoration, renovation, an addition, outdoor furniture or sitting areas, lighting, new construction, signage and painting, and excellent maintenance. For a nomination form, call 216-291-2323 or download one.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 9:46 AM, 08.20.2013

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 8-5-2013

AUGUST 5, 2013

  • Swearing in new city manager
  • Phyllis Evans
  • Citizens’ communications
  • Contract awards
  • Citizens’ initiative (Move to Amend) to go onto ballot
  • Cedar Fairmount SID
  • Assessment equalization boards
  • Joint purchasing program
  • Change orders
  • Zoning variances
  • Athletic field signage
  • Streetscape projects
  • 3596 Randolph Road
  • 2013–14 recreation rates and regulations
  • Mayor Kelley will not seek reelection

All council members were present.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 12:00 PM, 08.18.2013

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 7-15-2013

JULY 15, 2013

Council Member Jason S. Stein was absent.

TAX BUDGET HEARING

A public tax budget hearing, lasting about ten minutes, took place before the regular meeting. Cheryl Stephens, finance committee chair, stated that the proposed 2014 budget contains just over $42 million in revenue and just under $42 million in expenses.

Two residents spoke. Diane Hallum claimed that citizens had not been able to review and participate before council acted on the budget. Stephens responded that there is no formal process for public involvement. However, citizens can attend Monday evening work sessions of council and obtain details from city staff. Susanna Niermann O’Neil, acting city manager, and Thomas Raguz, director of finance, clarified that all council meetings are posted on the city’s website and in the Sun Press and that the budget is handled by the finance committee when it reports to the committee of the whole.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 11:14 AM, 08.14.2013

Mayor Ed Kelley announces he will not seek re-election in November

With a new city manager in place, the City of Cleveland Heights needs to prepare for more leadership changes. The city will have a new mayor come January. Mayor Edward J. Kelley, who has served as the city's mayor since 1997 and has been a member of city council since 1993, announced at the Aug. 5 city council meeting that he will not seek re-election in November.

“These last 20 years of service have been challenging, rewarding, heart-breaking, and humbling,” said Kelley at the meeting.

Cleveland Heights voters do not vote directly for mayor. Instead, members of Cleveland Heights City Council select the mayor—president of council—from among their members.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 12:23 PM, 08.06.2013

Phyllis Evans, former CH City Council member, remembered by the City

On Aug. 5, the City of Cleveland Heights issued a news release regarding the death of former city council member Phyllis Evans. Evans died on July 31 according to an obituary published in the Plain Dealer; no cause of death was noted.

The city's statement read, "The City of Cleveland Heights is saddened at the passing of former Vice Mayor and Councilwoman Phyllis Evans. She served with distinction on City Council for over twenty years as Vice Mayor and as Chair of the Public Safety and Health, Administrative Services and Community Relations and Recreation committees."

 

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 12:49 PM, 08.05.2013

CH Council Member Mary Dunbar places in National Senior Games events

Mary Dunbar, Cleveland Heights City Council member, recently competed in the National Senior Games, held in Cleveland July 19 through Aug. 1. In her age and gender group, women 70–74, Dunbar placed sixth in the 10K cycling time trial and seventh in the 20K cycling road race. In swimming, she placed 12th in the 200-yard freestyle and 16th in the 500-yard freestyle.

Dunbar participated in the Ohio Senior Olympics in 2012 to qualify for the national competition. She originally hoped to run in those games, but due to an injury competed instead in cycling and swimming events. She said that her past experience with triathlons made it easier to bike and swim for the National Senior Games.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 12:52 PM, 08.05.2013

CH City Council meeting agenda for July 1

The Cleveland Heights City Council has posted the agenda for its July 1 meeting. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Cleveland Heights City Hall.

The director of finance report includes a notification that an application notice has been received from the Ohio Department of Liquor Control, for transfer of a permit to GiGi's on Fairmount, LLC, located at 3477 Fairmount Blvd.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 9:39 AM, 07.01.2013

Deer on the increase, with control left to homeowners for now

Deer wandering around residential neighborhoods is an increasingly common sight in the Heights as the deer population grows.

Though the City of Cleveland Heights does not track its deer population, Mayor Edward Kelley said he believes there has been an increase in the number of deer inside city limits.

Gwen Fenty, a South Taylor Road resident, raised the issue at Cleveland Heights City Council’s July 1 meeting. “I’m really truly afraid to work in my backyard,” said Fenty, “because I don’t know what I would do if I come face-to-face with a deer.”

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 1:59 PM, 07.31.2013

Surveillance cameras monitoring Cleveland Heights benefit police

Starting with the installation of surveillance cameras in the Cedar Fairmount garage a decade ago or more, the City of Cleveland Heights has used cameras to deter crime in the Cedar Fairmount, Cedar Lee, Coventry and Noble Monticello business districts. This summer, cameras were also installed in a section of Cain Park.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 4:26 PM, 07.31.2013

Residents confused by special assessment letter

In June, Cleveland Heights residents were notified of a special tax assessment that pays for street lighting and the operation of the city’s forestry division. 

This year, as in previous years, residents were notified by either a notice in the Sun Press or certified mail about the special renewal tax. Those who received a certified letter from the city are the property owners whose total assessments will be more than $250 over the next three years.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 4:23 PM, 07.31.2013

Lakewood College moves to renovated building on North Taylor Road

In June, Lakewood College moved its operations to 2231 North Taylor Road in Cleveland Heights from Lakewood. The college, founded in 1998, teaches in a “self-guided distance learning” model. The college relocated so that it could expand. “We were outgrowing our space,” said Jessica Regal, Lakewood College marketing assistant.

Isaac Haggins, Lakewood College vice president of business development, and his wife Tanya, Lakewood College CEO, purchased the North Taylor property in 2012. The building was constructed in the 1950s and originally served as a medical office. It then housed a series of high-end beauty salons before it became unoccupied. “This building had been vacant for three years,” Regal said.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 3:57 PM, 07.31.2013

Lee Road wine events celebrate new film at Cedar Lee Theatre

Wine lovers will have good reason to visit Lee Road during the last week of August.

On Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m., the Cedar Lee Theatre (2163 Lee Road) will screen “Somm,” a new documentary that looks into the mysterious world of the Court of Master Sommeliers. The film is directed by Jason Wise, a Cleveland native.

The Aug. 28 screening will be preceded by a tasting event at The Wine Spot (2271 Lee Road) at 5 p.m. During the week of Aug. 26–30, Taste (2317 Lee Road) will host blind tastings in its lounge. For tickets and additional information, visit www.clevelandcinemas.com.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 1:52 PM, 07.31.2013

City cancels Coventry Village Family Arts Day

The City of Cleveland Heights canceled the Coventry Family Arts Day that had been scheduled for last Sunday, July 21. The city made the decision on Thursday, July 18, three days before the event, citing social media threats to disrupt the fair.

In a press release, the city stated, “After police monitoring of social media regarding messages about the event and also, being aware of the incidents last weekend at the St. Gregory the Great Festival, the city has determined that this is the appropriate and responsible thing to be done.” 

Mayor Edward Kelley said that he made the decision together with the police chief and Susanna Niermann O’Neil, acting city manager and safety director.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 1:38 PM, 07.23.2013

Cleveland Heights Democrats reviewing candidates for CH City Council and CH-UH School Board

The Cleveland Heights Democrats Club will vote to endorse Democratic candidates for city council and the school board on Sept. 12 at the Cleveland Heights Community Center.

In order to vote at the endorsement meeting, a member must be in good standing and have paid membership dues by July 29 (45 days prior to the endorsement vote, per the club's bylaws). Annual membership dues for 2013 are $15. Dues may be paid online on the club’s website, http://clevelandheightsdems.com.

The club’s Candidate Screening Committee is reviewing candidates seeking endorsement for this November’s local elections.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:35 AM, 07.23.2013