Cleveland Heights

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

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 6-17-2013

JUNE 17, 2013

  • Cumberland lifeguard action
  • Citizen concern - unsightly property
  • City Hall parking lot
  • Civil Service Commission
  • Lead remediation program
  • Heights Innovation Center support
  • Streetscape improvements
  • RapArt
  • Cleveland Tenants Organization
  • Road resurfacing
  • Property donation
  • Council meets with school board

Council Members Janine R. Boyd and Mary Dunbar were excused.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 11:34 AM, 07.19.2013

Cain Park Splash Pad to open Sunday, July 21

The City of Cleveland Heights will turn on the water to the new Cain Park Splash Pad on Sunday, July 21, providing a new way for young families to keep cool in the summer. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will mark the opening at 11 a.m. 

The new splash pad replaces the former baby pool at the same site and is intended for the use of children five-years-old and younger. It was constructed by Platform Cement Inc. at a cost of $198,000.

The splash pad is the latest in a series of improvements to city parks that have taken place since Cleveland Heights residents passed Issue 27 in 2004. “The money can only be used for facilities and upgrades in our parks,” said Susanna Niermann O’Neil, acting city manager.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:48 AM, 07.16.2013

CH City Council expected to vote to appoint Briley new city manager at July 15 meeting

At tonight's meeting of the Cleveland Heights City Council, council members are expected to vote on a resolution appointing Tanisha R. Briley as the new city manager, and authorizing an employment agreement with Briley. The city announced the selection of Briley on June 14, following a 14-month search for a new city manager. She was the assistant city manager of Davenport, Iowa, and is a Cleveland native.

The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Cleveland Heights City Hall.

The meeting agenda also includes a resolution (second reading) approving the adoption of the 2014 tax budget.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 11:44 AM, 07.15.2013

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 5-20-2013

MAY 20, 2013

  • Resident communications: Bike Week, Cain Park Dog Project
  • Equipment purchases
  • Zoning variances
  • Ruffing School learning project
  • Nuisance properties
  • Police and Fire Pension Funds

Council member Janine R. Boyd was absent.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 10:17 AM, 06.06.2013

CH City Council meeting agenda for June 3

The Cleveland Heights City Council has posted the agenda for its June 3 meeting. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Cleveland Heights City Hall.

The Public Safety and Health Committee will present an ordinance authorizing an agreement for the purchase of a fire engine for the Division of Fire. The Community Relations and Recreation Committee will introduce a resolution declaring June 2013 LGBT Pride Month; the Finance Committee will introduce a resolution approving a petition for the adoption of a public services and improvements plan for the Cedar Lee Special Improvement District; and the Municipal Services Committee will introduce a resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with ODOT establishing administrative and other responsibilities for the resurfacing of Mayfield Road.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 10:40 AM, 06.03.2013

City passes payday loan moratorium

Cleveland Heights City Council unanimously passed a payday loan moratorium at its June 3 meeting, prohibiting any new payday lenders without licenses under the Ohio Short-Term Loan Act of 2008. The moratorium will remain in effect until the state Supreme Court makes a final decision in the ongoing appellate case Ohio Neighborhood Finance Inc. v. Scott.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 3:42 PM, 07.01.2013

CH police department starts trial Block Watch program

On June 17, the Cleveland Heights Police Department launched a trial Block Watch program.  Over a six-month trial period, the department will assist residents who want to create neighborhood watch groups.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 2:40 PM, 07.01.2013

CH City Council meeting agenda for June 17

The Cleveland Heights City Council has posted the agenda for its June 17 meeting. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Cleveland Heights City Hall.

As part of the city manager's report, the city manager will request authority to advertise for bids for City Hall parking lot improvements.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:56 AM, 06.17.2013

Cleveland Heights has a new city manager

The 14-month search for a new Cleveland Heights city manager is over. On June 14, the city announced the selection of Tanisha R. Briley, assistant city manager in Davenport, Iowa, and a Cleveland native.

“The city council is pleased to have found someone who can lead our city into the future,” said Mayor Edward J. Kelley in a press release.

Briley holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University and a Masters of Public Administration from Cleveland State University.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 4:39 PM, 06.14.2013

Bonnie Caplan will retire from CH City Council in January

“Twenty years was enough. It’s time to do something else,” said Bonnie Caplan, member of the Cleveland Heights City Council.

At the June 3 Cleveland Heights City Council meeting, Caplan announced that she plans to retire when her term expires in January.

Her retirement marks the end of two decades of service to the city. Her tenure oversaw extensive changes to city infrastructure, battles with funding shortfalls, and an emphasis on Cleveland Heights’s diverse culture.

With seven months to go in her final term, Caplan looked back with pride. “I believe I have been a good representative for the people of Cleveland Heights,” said Caplan. “What I am most proud of is my responsiveness.”

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 11:50 AM, 06.11.2013

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 6-3-2013

JUNE 3, 2013

  • Water rate increase
  • Payday lending
  • New fire engine
  • 1935 Coventry
  • LGBT Pride Month
  • Cedar Lee SID
  • Legal research services
  • Powell Caesar
  • Purchase legislation amended
  • Waterline survey
  • Replacement snowplow
  • Mayfield Road resurfacing
  • Bonnie Caplan to retire

All council members were present.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:58 AM, 06.14.2013

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 4-15-13

APRIL 15, 2013

  • Cleveland Heights poet laureate
  • Citizen communication
  • Wine Spot Liquor license
  • Recycling brochure
  • Road salt
  • Sponsor signs at athletic events
  • Police vehicle purchases
  • Employee dental program

All council members were present.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 8:44 AM, 05.07.2013

CH City Council meeting agenda for May 6

The Cleveland Heights City Council has posted the agenda for its May 6 meeting. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Cleveland Heights City Hall.

The report from the director of finance/clerk of council includes notifying council that one notice has been received from the Ohio Department of Liquor Control advising that application has been made by the following:

Vero Bistro, Inc., NEW, premises located at 12421 Cedar Road, 44106.

 

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 9:27 AM, 05.06.2013

Youth of Coventry members feel their voices aren't being heard

When Nora Eagen, head of Youth of Coventry, heard that the City of Cleveland Heights was planning to start a Youth Advisory Commission, she was concerned that the city's idea was too similar to her group's mission.

Eagan believes that the Youth Advisory Commission's purpose "mirrored that of Youth of Coventry" and that they should have been consulted before the city decided to form the commission. Eagan, a Hawken School junior and a Cleveland Heights resident, said Youth of Coventry's purpose is to get youth of Cleveland Heights involved in city politics and improve their community. She addressed City Council at its March 4 meeting about her concerns. “We deserve to considered, not pushed to the side,” she said.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 2:50 PM, 05.19.2013

CH City Council meeting agenda for May 20

The Cleveland Heights City Council has posted the agenda for its May 20 meeting. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Cleveland Heights City Hall.

The report from the director of finance/clerk of council includes notifying council that one notice has been received from the Ohio Department of Liquor Control advising that application has been made by the following:

Phoenician Tavern, Ltd., 7944 S. Mason Montgomery Road, Mason, Ohio 45040, TREX, D1, D2, to Vero Bistro, Inc. located at 12421 Cedar Road, 44106.

The Planning and Development Committee will present a resolution giving authorization to the City Manager to enter into an agreement with the Ruffing Montessori School to permit the use of a City public right-of-way for ecological and educational purposes.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 11:29 AM, 05.19.2013

City of CH extends RFP deadline

On May 15, the City of Cleveland Heights announced that it has extended the deadline for submittal of Requests for Proposals (RFPs) until June 6 for five city-owned properties.

Links to the RFPs for new development on Euclid Heights Boulevard near Lee Road, at the intersection of Cedar and Coventry roads, on Noble Road near Greyton Road, at the Turkey Ridge site on Edgehill Road, and at Noble Road between Greyton and Woodview roads can be found at http://www.clevelandheights.com/index.aspx?page=365.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 9:57 AM, 05.16.2013

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 5-6-13

MAY 6, 2013

  • Citizen comments
  • Bicycle legislation
  • National Preservation Month
  • Savings on bonds interest
  • Community Development Block Grants
  • Special Improvement Districts (SIDs)
  • Water and sewer code
  • Equipment purchases
  • Zoning variances
  • Bluestone Mayfield development
  • Tax abatements
  • Nighttown expansion
  • Phoenix Coffee loan
  • Building code alignment
  • Amusement devises
  • New ambulance

Council Member Janine Boyd was absent.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 4:55 PM, 05.15.2013

Bicyclists ride to CH City Council meeting

To mark the start of Bike Month, a group of Heights Bicycle Coalition (HBC) members rode from the arch at Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Park to Cleveland Heights City Hall to address the city council at its May 6 meeting.

At the meeting, Brandon Henneman, HBC spokesperson, thanked Cleveland Heights City Council and staff for making the city more bicycle-friendly and suggested new ways of collaboration.

Henneman thanked council for designating the month of May Bike Month. He also thanked the city for increasing the number of bike racks in commercial districts, including bike officers on its police force, adding designated bicycle lanes to North Park Boulevard, adding bicycle-friendly provisions to the city’s Sustainable Zoning Code, collaborating with HBC to improve connections between University Circle, and adding bicycle infrastructure to the resurfacing project at Edgehill Road.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 3:42 PM, 05.13.2013

City of Cleveland Heights announces planned development agreement for Meadowbrook-Lee project is off

On April 26, the City of Cleveland Heights announced in a news release that "it has decided not to extend the development agreement with The Orlean Company for the Meadowbrook-Lee project"—a mixed-use development plan for rental apartments and retail space.

"Everyone worked hard to make this development happen," said Mayor Ed Kelley, "and it is disappointing to all of us that The Orlean Company needed an extension. Council and staff agreed that it was time to move on."

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 1:10 PM, 04.26.2013

CH police join iWatch Northeast Ohio

The Cleveland Heights Police Department has joined the iWatch Northeast Ohio mobile crime-watch program. The iWatch Northeast Ohio mobile phone app was launched by the Northeast Ohio Regional Fusion Center on May 13 and is available for the Apple, Android and BlackBerry operating systems.

Through the app, residents can report suspicious or criminal activity directly to police in real time using their mobile phones, tablets or computers. Residents can send text, photos and video. The tips are encoded so that they automatically remain anonymous, however, users have the option of sending police their contact information if they choose.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 1:16 PM, 05.21.2013

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting agenda for April 15

The Cleveland Heights City Council has posted the agenda for its April 15 meeting.

The agenda includes a report from the director of finance/clerk of council that one notice has been received from the Ohio Department of Liquor Control advising that application has been made by the following:

Culinary Image, LLC, Transfer to AEF Healthcare Consultants Inc. dba The Wine Spot, 2271 Lee Road.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 10:55 AM, 04.14.2013

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 3-18-13

MARCH 18, 2013

  • Citizen communications
  • Liquor license transfers
  • Youth Advisory Commission appointments
  • Nuisance properties
  • City employee compensation
  • Fair Housing Month
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Property assessments
  • Waterline replacement
  • Property donations from banks

All council members were present.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 10:29 AM, 04.08.2013

Fifteen Selected for CH Youth Advisory Commission

On March 18, the City of Cleveland Heights selected 15 ninth, tenth and eleventh grade residents to serve on its first-ever Youth Advisory Commission (YAC).

The formation of the YAC was spearheaded by Council Member Jason Stein, who came up with the idea because he wants young people in Cleveland Heights to have an opportunity to "speak out and be heard."

Members of the YAC met March 21 and April 18 and decided to host a teen night as their first project. While Stein serves as liason to the YAC and there are three non-voting adult members, Stein said that the group is "youth-driven."

Before youths could begin applying for a position on the YAC, Stein spoke to Doug Heuer, CH-UH superintendent, who was "very supportive" of the idea. He also sent letters to principals of private high schools in Cleveland Heights and nearby cities.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 12:49 PM, 04.30.2013

Dog project celebrates pilot program allowing leashed dogs in Cain Park

This year, the dog days of summer will be dog-friendly days in Cain Park. For a six-month trial period, which began April 15, leashed dogs are allowed in the park.

On April 21, dogs and their owners met at Cain Park’s Lee Road entrance for a “victory lap” around the park. The walk followed a welcome from Dog Project leaders and Jason Stein, the Cleveland Heights City Council member who introduced the legislation.

Stein acknowledged the work of several volunteers in his remarks. "Thanks to the Dog Project members Kerri, Paul, Hannah and many others for working so hard to make Dogs in Cain Park a reality," said Stein. "We did it! This is OUR victory! Congratulations to everyone."

Ground rules and general information were shared at the event. According to the terms of the legislation, all dogs must be on a leash, and they must be confined to the park's paved pathways. Four waste stations are set up around the park.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 10:17 AM, 04.23.2013