Cleveland Heights

Cleveland Heights trials new parking app

Those parking in three Cleveland Heights parking garages—in Cedar Fairmount, Cedar Lee and Coventry Village—can now use a mobile Passport Parking app that they can download to iPhone and Android smart phones.

The City of Cleveland Heights made the announcement on Sept. 23 and has posted information about the how to download and use the app at www.clevelandheights.com/parkingapp. The information is also accessible via a Passport Parking icon on the website’s home page.

The parking rate for those using the app is the same 50 cents per hour as for those using quarters, which meters will continue to accept. Parking app users are charged a 35-cent convenience fee per transaction.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 3:05 PM, 09.23.2016

Trump visits Cleveland Heights; Heights residents speak up

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump held a “town hall meeting to discuss issues confronting urban America” at New Spirit Revival Center, 3130 Mayfield Road, in Cleveland Heights on Sept. 21.

Fox News Channel convened the meeting, which was taped live beginning at 9:30 a.m. for broadcast that evening. Republican Nominee Donald Trump was the special guest of Pastor Darrell Scott, who has received national attention for his support of Trump.

While Trump spoke inside the church, a counter-event was held across the street in front of the Heights Rockefeller Building. Protesters began lining Mayfield Road when the event began. Immediately after, several elected officials held a press conference at which Cuyahoga County Councilmember Anthony Hairston, Cleveland Heights Mayor Cheryl Stephens, State Senator Sandra Williams and State Representative Janine Boyd spoke.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:30 AM, 09.23.2016

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights [online 9-6-2016]

SEPTEMBER 6, 2016

  • Public comments
  • Liquor application
  • Stormwater management
  • Traffic signal project
  • Coventry Road paving
  • Zoning appeals
  • Top of the Hill
  • Dept. of Homeland Security SAFER grant
  • Overnight parking permits
  • Assessment board reports
  • Assessment rates
  • Tax collection
  • Mayor’s report


Council Member Melissa Yasinow was absent.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 1:19 PM, 09.23.2016

CH adds new economic-development experts

Tim Boland and Brian Anderson have both joined the staff of the City of Cleveland Heights to help with economic development. Boland is the city’s economic development director. He replaces Greg Zucca, who left in the spring of 2015. Anderson has been named the city’s business development manager, a newly created position. Both started working for the city on Aug. 8.

“Economic development is a top priority for our city,” said City Manager Tanisha Briley. “For a community like ours, maintaining our excellent services means expanding our economic base through community, housing and business development and redevelopment opportunities.”

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 9:39 AM, 08.23.2016

City of Cleveland Heights reports on storm

The City of Cleveland Heights issued the following news release on Aug. 10 regarding the previous night's storm:

Cleveland Heights Fire, Police and Public Works Departments have been out all night due to the storm damage. Today, Public Works is going through the City taking care of downed trees. Residents, who are able, are asked to put tree limbs on the tree lawns. Public Works will continue to go through the whole city and pick up limbs. The City is in contact with First Energy regarding power outages.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 2:14 PM, 08.10.2016

CH Citizen Police Academy invites applications for its community training program

The Cleveland Heights Police Department invites Cleveland Heights residents to participate in the upcoming session of its Citizens Police Academy, set to begin on Aug. 9.

An application can be found on the City of Cleveland Heights’s website (click on City Hall – Police Department – Community – Citizens Police Academy). The application must be submitted before Aug. 1.

According to Cleveland Heights Chief of Police Annette Mecklenburg, “The goal is for police department employees to interact with and educate a group of well-informed citizens regarding Cleveland Heights police procedures, investigations and operations—and to foster a deeper understanding between police officers and members of the community.”

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 11:03 AM, 07.26.2016

Cleveland Heights designates four free-parking weekends for Cedar Lee

In an effort to support Lee Road merchants during the disruption caused by streetscape construction, the City of Cleveland Heights has agreed to designate four free-parking  weekends in the Cedar Lee Business District. Free parking will be offered last weekend of each month, from July through October, and applies only to metered (not permit) spots on the district's streets, in city parking lots and the city parking garage.

The Cedar Lee free-parking weekends are:

  • July 29, 30, 31
  • Aug. 26, 27, 28
  • Sept. 23, 24, 25
  • Oct. 28, 29, 30
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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 5:54 PM, 07.20.2016

Fairmount sewer project to begin week of July 18

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District will begin construction on the Fairmount Boulevard Relief Sewer the week of July 18. 

This project includes the construction of 2,400 feet of new sanitary sewer between Wellington and Idlewood roads. In addition, contractors will re-line 2,250 feet of existing sanitary sewers and rehabilitate manholes along the section.

When the project is complete, there will be additional sanitary sewage capacity and reduced sanitary sewage overflows into Doan Brook.

Construction will occur in the two northernmost lanes of Fairmount Boulevard, closing those lanes to vehicular traffic. Although lane closures will occur, traffic will be maintained in both directions.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 10:31 AM, 07.12.2016

Preparing for the RNC

In her first months as police chief, Annette Mecklenburg said contingencies for the upcoming Republican National Convention (July 18–21) have been a priority.

While the city isn't anticipating any particular kind of activity, it is planning for an increase in visitors from among the delegates and protestors, and the chance that heightened political passions could result in police calls. 

Most of the work is in reviewing and writing policies with the political convention in mind—for example, a mass-arrest policy.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 4:01 PM, 07.01.2016

Mild winter results in crime uptick in Cleveland Heights

Crimes in Cleveland Heights rose in the first three months of 2016 compared to the same period a year ago, most likely because of the mild winter, according to Police Chief Annette Mecklenburg.

According to data compiled by the Cleveland Heights Police Department (CHPD), 26 violent crimes were committed in the city during the first quarter of the year, compared to 12 a year ago and 24 the year before that. 

There were 201 property crimes in the January to March period—up from 185 in the same period last year, but well below 247 in the first quarter of 2014.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 4:05 PM, 07.01.2016

Residents invited to CH Master Plan public meeting on July 14

A community meeting to discuss the Cleveland Heights Master Plan will be held on Thursday, July 14, at 7 p.m. in the Cleveland Heights Community Center, 1 Monticello Boulevard. The County Planning staff will review the planning process to date and discuss draft policies; the public will be asked to provide feedback and set priorities for policies and action steps.

Following the public meeting, County Planning will host an online survey that will mirror the information available at the public meeting.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 10:03 AM, 07.01.2016

CH issues RFQ/RFP for Top of the Hill site

In April, the City of Cleveland Heights issued a request for qualification/proposals (RFQ/RFP) for development of the city-owned Top of the Hill property. The site is on the western edge of the Cedar Fairmount Business District and is convenient to University Circle, Greater Cleveland's second-largest employment hub. The city asked prospective developers to submit their qualifications and proposed visions for the site. Because input from the city and the public will help shape the final development plan, conceptual drawings or renderings were not required.

The 3.9-acre site currently comprises a 225-space parking lot and some vacant land. Developers were also invited to consider incorporating any of eight other nearby, but noncontiguous, city properties into their proposals. Some of the other parcels, which cover under two acres in total, are used for parking. Any new development would be required to satisfy its own parking needs and replace any lost parking.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 10:59 AM, 05.30.2016

FutureHeights interns stage student event on Lee Road

FutureHeights interns Nathan Merritt and Karen Kearney staged a professional development event for fellow students on April 15 in the Cedar Lee Business District. Both are graduate students at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS) at Case Western Reserve University.

“Our goal for the Cedar Lee Community Immersion event,” said Kearney, “was to enable students to learn more about Cleveland Heights and the businesses and restaurants that are located there. We also hoped to get young people more engaged with the community and find out how they perceive it.”

The students met at the BottleHouse Brewery, where they received instructions for a scavenger hunt. Sruti Basu, director of community-building programs at FutureHeights and an MSASS graduate, gave a brief history of Cleveland Heights and the Cedar Lee district. She then surveyed participants to find out what they already knew about the area.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 10:22 AM, 05.30.2016

Cedar Lee streetscape improvements are underway

Merchants, stakeholders and city officials gathered at the Lee Road Library on April 28 to learn about the highly anticipated Lee Road streetscape improvements. Alex Mannarino, director of public works for the City of Cleveland Heights, and representatives of S.E.T. Inc. led the meeting and answered questions.

The 1.2-mile project, spanning Lee Road from Superior Road to Corydon Road in the Cedar Lee Business District, will be split into two phases. Construction for the first phase, the west side of Lee Road, began May 9 and is scheduled to run for three months. Construction will then shift to the east side of the street.

The streetscape construction will focus on paving roads, lighting (79 light poles), brick pavers, new sidewalks in certain areas, ADA-compliance construction, trees and traffic signals.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 11:48 AM, 05.17.2016

Cleveland Heights City Council appoints Michael Ungar to vacant seat

On April 8, Cleveland Heights City Council announced the appointment of Cleveland Heights resident Michael Ungar to fill the unexpired term of former Council Member Jeff Coryell, whose resignation was effective Dec. 31, 2015. Ungar will officially be sworn in as a council member at the next CH City Council meeting, on Monday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m.

According to an April 8 news release from the City of Cleveland Heights, Ungar is a longtime resident of the city who has served on its planning commission since 1993, and has chaired the commission for 16 years. Prior to that, Ungar was a member of the Citizen Advisory Committee.

Ungar is a partner in the law firm of Ulmer & Berne LLP, where he is chair of the firm’s litigation department and a member of the management committee.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 11:42 AM, 04.12.2016

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights [online 3-21-2016]

MARCH 21, 2016

  • Liquor license transfers
  • 2015 CH Police Department report
  • Zoning variances
  • HOME funds
  • Women Out Walking (WOW)
  • Special assessments
  • Bond sales
  • Purchases
  • Pedestrian and bicycle transportation for schoolchildren
  • RNC cooperative public safety services
  • Heights Libraries 100th anniversary


All council members were present.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 11:48 AM, 04.15.2016

CH crime tallies for 2015 show continued improvement

The number of serious crimes committed in Cleveland Heights last year declined by double-digit percentages. It was the third straight year crime was down in the city.

According to data compiled by the Cleveland Heights Police Department (CHPD) to standards established by the FBI, the number of violent crimes in the city was down 17 percent in 2015, compared to a 28 percent drop the year before. The number of property crimes dropped 16 percent last year, compared to a 22 percent drop in 2014.

The number of crimes committed in almost every category declined last year, except for homicide, which remained the same; there were two murders in the city in each of the last two years.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:43 AM, 03.28.2016

CH City Council denies Circle K rezoning request

In a unanimous decision at its March 7 meeting, Cleveland Heights City Council denied a request to change the zoning of two residential properties on Vandemar Street to make way for a Circle K. The decision came after a March 3 public hearing that council held on the issue, at which 30 residents spoke in opposition to the project.

Council members expressed their appreciation for the professionalism of the applicant and for the civility of the neighbors, but stated that the disadvantages outweighed the advantages.

At its Jan. 15 meeting, Cleveland Heights City Council stated that it had received a petition from the Wellert Corporation on behalf of Mac’s Convenience Stores to rezone 1411 and 1419 Vandemar Street from residential to commercial, to make way for a 16-pump Circle K gas station and convenience store. Both residences are currently occupied.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 12:59 PM, 03.08.2016

CH holds master plan meeting, invites public to take survey

On Feb. 23, the City of Cleveland Heights held the first of three planned 2016 public meetings to discuss the Cleveland Heights Master Plan. Cleveland Heights is one four cities that is currently working with the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission to develop a master plan. (University Heights is another of the four cities.)

The planning commission has posted an online survey at www.tinyurl.com/clevelandheightspm1survey with information from the Feb. 23 meeting, which took place at the CH Community Center. Residents are invited to complete the survey, and share it with neighbors, on or before March 13.

At the meeting, members of the planning commission introduced themselves and provided an overview of the planning process. The commission is working with city staff and an 11-member Master Plan Steering Committee comprising Heights residents selected by city council.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 3:57 PM, 02.24.2016

Twelve residents apply for open CH City Council seat

The City of Cleveland Heights announced on its website on Feb. 11 that it had received 12 applications for the open city council seat vacated by former Council Member Jeff Coryell, who resigned from council effective Dec. 31, 2015.

Whomever council chooses to fill the vacancy will serve out Coryell's remaining term. The term of service is from the time of appointment until Dec. 31, 2017. The seat will be up for election in the next municipal election, in November 2017.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 11:36 AM, 02.16.2016

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights [online 1-19-2016]

JANUARY 19, 2016 

  • Ruffing Montessori School students observe council
  • Rezoning residential parcels
  • Bids and requests for qualifications
  • County sewer maintenance services
  • New police chief
  • “Inspired to Ride” documentary
  • Citizen appointments to architectural board
  • Issue 32 hearing


All council members were present.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 10:01 AM, 02.14.2016

Crime continues to drop in Cleveland Heights

Crime data through November from the Cleveland Heights Police Department (CHPD) shows a continued decrease in crimes in all categories since the current method of collecting crime data was implemented in early 2011.

The information is compiled by the CHPD according to federal standards defined by the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting system, and is published in a different format on the Cleveland Heights city website. It represents serious offenses defined as "Part I" crimes. It does not include "Part II" minor offenses, such as trespassing or DUI—which the FBI does not seek from local agencies because it would be too costly to report with the same level of detail.

For more information about how the CHPD collects and validates crime statistics, and why the Observer publishes them regularly, see the original article in this series by scanning the QR code or visiting http://tiny.cc/chcrimestats.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 12:40 PM, 01.29.2016

Community invited to Feb. 23 CH master plan meeting

A community meeting to discuss the Cleveland Heights Master Plan will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m., in the Cleveland Heights Community Center, 1 Monticello Blvd.

The meeting will introduce county planning staff to the public, and provide an overview of the planning process. Current conditions will be reviewed, and the public will be asked to provide feedback and set priorities for Vision Statements and Strategic Development Areas.

As a follow-up to the public meeting, county planning will host an online survey that will mirror the information available at the public meeting.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 10:12 AM, 01.26.2016

CH City Council announces application process to fill vacant council seat

In a Jan. 8 posting on its website, the City of Cleveland Heights announced that it is now accepting applications to fill the council seat left vacant by the resignation of Council Member Jeff Coryell, which took effect on Dec. 31, 2015.

Applications may be accessed online, at www.clevelandheights.com/council-app, or may be picked up at Cleveland Heights City Hall. The application deadline is Feb. 5.

Whomever council appoints will serve as a council member from the time of the appointment until Dec. 31, 2017. The seat will be up for election on Nov. 7, 2017, and whomever is elected then will serve a four-year term.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 1:20 PM, 01.11.2016

Annette Mecklenburg to become CH's first female police chief

As of Feb. 2, the Cleveland Heights Police Department will have a new chief. On Feb. 1, Jeffrey Robertson will retire as police chief. The following day, Annette Mecklenburg will be sworn in, becoming the first female chief in the department’s history.

Robertson, 55, has served as chief for five years, and spent 34 and a half years on the force. Mecklenburg served as captain for a year and a half before being named chief. She has been on the Cleveland Heights police force for 25 years, and has lived in Cleveland Heights for more than 20 years.

The three candidates for chief underwent a testing process and interviews with city administrators. Cleveland Heights City Manager Tanisha Briley made the decision to name Mecklenburg the city's new police chief.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 12:26 PM, 01.11.2016

CH City Council elects Stephens mayor; Stein vice mayor

At its first meeting of 2016, Cleveland Heights City Council swore in its new and re-elected members. It also elected Cheryl Stephens as mayor and president of council, and Jason Stein as vice mayor.

The meeting began with the swearing in of Cleveland Heights City Council members Mary Dunbar, who was elected to a second term in November; Kahlil Seren, who was elected to council after having served, as an appointee, the remaining 10 months of an unexpired term; and newly elected Carol Roe.

The members of council (currently six, with the vacancy created by Jeff Coryell's resignation) then elected Cheryl Stephens as mayor and president of council. She is the second African-American woman to hold that office. Barbara Boyd, who had been elected to council in 1983, was the first.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 10:46 AM, 01.05.2016

Police Navidad

The Cleveland Heights Police Department's Community Response Team delivered holiday food baskets to 18 needy Cleveland Heights Families on Dec. 23 in a new community outreach program called Police Navidad.

The purpose of the program was to spread cheer and goodwill as part of the CHPD's mission to serve citizens through diverse community policing. The baskets contained all the fixings for a turkey dinner, plus some additional food items. It was organized by Officer Andrew Watkins, according to Police Chief Jeffrey Robertson.

The Community Response Team worked with two non-profit organizations to identify struggling families that would receive the baskets. Start Right Church, 977 Caledonia Ave., selected 10 of the recipients; Us Together, 2490 Lee Blvd., an organization that resettles political refugees and displaced persons to start new lives in America, identified eight families who recently came here from Nepal, Bhutan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

 

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 11:16 AM, 12.24.2015

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights [online 12-7-2015]

DECEMBER 7, 2015

  • Public comments
  • Traffic light changes
  • Finance software maintenance
  • Finance legislation
  • Overnight parking permits
  • Nuisance properties
  • Zoning variances
  • City’s liability insurance
  • Citizen appointments
  • 2016 recreation regulations
  • Liberty Row Oaks
  • Mayor thanks the vice mayor


All council members were present.

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Volume 9, Issue 1, Posted 1:10 PM, 12.16.2015

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 11-2-2015

NOVEMBER 2, 2015

  • Public comment—Noble neighborhood and litter
  • Waterline replacement bid
  • Liquor license transfer
  • Community events
  • Nuisance code changes
  • Nuisance properties
  • Zoning variances
  • CDBG funds
  • HRRC agreement

 All council members were present.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 11:38 AM, 11.16.2015

Elected officials comment on Nov. 3 results

On Nov. 3, Cleveland Heights voters approved Issue 53—raising the city’s income tax to 2.25 percent, from 2 percent—with 59.59 percent (7,573) voting in favor. The ordinance goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2016, to support general municipal functions and replace revenue lost through cuts by the State of Ohio. 

Cleveland Heights Mayor Dennis Wilcox, who did not seek re-election, stated, “I am thankful to the city’s voters for passing Issue 53; it’s gratifying to know people understood the issue and are willing to invest in our future. This is a victory for our [city] and for the people here. The city can continue to provide the quality of services that citizens deserve.”

Wilcox added, “Council still has to be a good guardian of taxpayers’ money, and must work to try to expand the tax base through business development and housing.”

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 9:51 AM, 11.10.2015

CH Council Member Jeff Coryell announces resignation

Cleveland Heights Council Member Jeff Coryell announced his resignation from council, effective Dec. 31, at the Cleveland Heights Council Committee of the Whole meeting on Nov. 9.

“I will be stepping down from city council effective the end of 2015 so that I can move to Detroit and be reunited with my spouse, Phyllis L. Crocker, who was appointed Dean of the School of Law at University of Detroit Mercy in early 2014,” said Coryell.

Coryell will have completed two years of a four-year term on Cleveland Heights City Council that began in January 2014.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 12:21 PM, 11.10.2015

Severance Town Center's future discussed at public forum

Severance Town Center—the shopping center located at the intersection of Mayfield and Taylor roads in Cleveland Heights—has been deteriorating for much of the past decade. On Oct. 21, about 200 people attended a forum at the Cleveland Heights Community Center to discuss the future possibilities of Severance.

FutureHeights presented the forum, which featured presentations by five people, including three members of the FutureHeights Civic Engagement Committee. The forum’s attendees also shared their thoughts about what could be done with the Severance area.

Vince Reddy, a project manager at LAND studio and a member of the FutureHeights Board of Directors, opened the program by giving the history of Severance.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 10:27 AM, 10.27.2015

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 9-21-2015

SEPTEMBER 21, 2015

  • Public comments
  • Finance award
  • Water negotiations
  • Noble Road resurfacing
  • Outdoor lighting energy review
  • Tower Road fence
  • Architectural Board of Review
  • Mayor’s comments on income tax issue
  • Next meeting

Council member Melissa Yasinow was absent.

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 6:43 PM, 10.13.2015

Candidates address Noble neighborhood concerns at Meet the Candidates event

More than 100 people attended the Noble Neighbors candidates forum on Oct. 6 at Noble Road Presbyterian Church. Neighborhood leader Brenda May moderated the discussion, which focused on issues affecting the Noble quadrant of Cleveland Heights—the parts of the city north and east of Taylor and Mayfield roads. The six candidates running for three seats on Cleveland Heights City Council and the three candidates running for two seats on the Cleveland Heights-University Heights school board all participated.

May opened the discussion by noting that, while the candidates were being asked to focus on issues affecting the northern part of the city, the challenges facing Noble have an impact on the entire community. She then set out the format for the evening, in which candidates would make brief opening and closing statements and address, in one- or two-minute time frames, questions they had been given in advance. Audience members were asked to listen politely, and, although there was no opportunity for the audience to ask questions during the formal part of the event, all of the candidates were available afterward for one-on-one conversations.

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 5:21 PM, 10.29.2015

Planning commission approves adaptive reuse for Grace Lutheran Church

At its October meeting, the Cleveland Heights Planning Commission conditionally approved the adaptive reuse of the landmark Grace Lutheran Church, 13001 Cedar Road, as an office for Horizon Health Services, a home health care provider, which plans to move from smaller quarters near Shaker Square. Grace Lutheran, which moved to Cleveland Heights from East 55th Street in Cleveland in 1927, had been searching for a buyer for its property; the mostly older congregation had dwindled in size to fewer than 100 active members. Previously, a developer who had been interested in redeveloping the property for residential uses withdrew his offer after it became apparent it would be necessary to demolish the church to make the project work financially.

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 10:06 AM, 10.20.2015

Cleveland Heights crime down in most categories for first seven months of 2015

Crime data from the Cleveland Heights Police Department for the first seven months of 2015 indicate a positive trend is continuing, as year-to-year crime rates declined in all but two categories. 

The only categories that didn't show a decrease in the number of crimes were murder and rape. Through July of this year, there has been one murder in the city—the same as last year during the same period. Four rapes were reported through July, compared with three the previous year.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 1:45 PM, 09.30.2015

CH Council Member Kahlil Seren to introduce legislation to restrict the city’s use of executive session

Editor’s note: The Heights Observer received the following news release from Cleveland Heights Council Member and candidate Kahlil Seren, regarding legislation he plans to introduce. The initial discussion is scheduled to take place at the Sept. 30 Council Committee of the Whole meeting; the legislation is slated to be introduced at council’s Oct. 5 meeting. Both meetings are open to the public.

City Councilman Kahlil Seren has drafted and distributed legislation which would eliminate the local code section designed to allow Council to circumvent Ohio sunshine law and meet in executive session to discuss general matters. Currently, Chapter 107 of the Codified Ordinances of Cleveland Heights deviates from state law by providing that “[n]ot more than four (4) times during each calendar year, Council or a board or commission of the City may meet in retreat to discuss general plans for the future, or general issues before the City.“

 

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 11:48 AM, 09.29.2015

Inaugural Happy 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run is Oct. 4

The City of Cleveland Heights and its merchants invite residents to the inaugural Happy 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run on Sunday, Oct. 4, to celebrate all the good things happening in Cleveland Heights. The event, a collaborative effort of the city, the Cedar Lee and Coventry Village special improvement districts, and Western Reserve Racing, benefits the city’s Youth Scholarship Fund. The race is a fun run for all ages and abilities, as well as a timed race for the competitive runner. 

Organizers encourage participants to “come for the run and stay for the fun!” Walkers and runners will follow a flat 5K route through historic neighborhoods. See the course map here. The 1 Mile Fun Run event begins at 9:30 a.m. and the 5K at 10 a.m. Registrants are welcome to bring leashed dogs to join them on the course for both events. The races will be followed by a post-race block party and live music presented by the Grog Shop, as well as a "happiest costume" contest.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 10:48 AM, 09.29.2015

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 9-8-2015

SEPTEMBER 8, 2015

  • Public Comments
  • Liquor license
  • Master plan process
  • Chipper purchase
  • Recycling
  • Lee Road streetscape
  • Coventry Road pavement
  • Meadowbrook waterline replacement
  • Water department
  • Nuisance properties
  • Citizen appointments
  • Architectural board of review
  • Next meeting

Council Member Melissa Yasinow was absent.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 5:53 PM, 09.21.2015

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 8-17-2015

AUGUST 17, 2015

  • Public comments
  • Cedar Lee Theatre liquor license
  • Recreation regulations for fall/winter
  • New parks and recreation director
  • Transportation committee appointment
  • Tele-Town Hall

All council members were present.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 6:21 PM, 09.09.2015

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