Cleveland Heights

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

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 4-3-13

APRIL 3, 2013

  • Liquor control application
  • National Library Week
  • Earth Day
  • Parking garage inspections
  • Monticello Boulevard
  • Free mulch
  • High school softball field
  • NeuroWave loan
  • National Community Development Week
  • Thermal imaging cameras
  • 1020 Rushleigh Road

All council members were present.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 2:56 PM, 04.19.2013

Cleveland Heights demolishes former Medic/Pick-N-Pay building

Demolition of the former Medic Drug Store/Pick-N-Pay building at Noble and Glenwood roads in Cleveland Heights began March 29. The building had been empty for years. The demolition project was a collaboration between the City of Cleveland Heights and the Cuyahoga County Land Bank.

Mayor Ed Kelley said that once demolition is complete, “the city will issue a Request for Proposal to determine interest from developers. The city is interested in proposals that will serve the neighborhood and the community well.”

On April 12, the city issued Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for four 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, and at the Turkey Ridge site on Edgehill Road can be found at http://www.clevelandheights.com/index.aspx?page=365.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 11:11 AM, 04.16.2013

Dog Project hosts Cain Park pilot kick-off event April 21

This year, the dog days of summer will be dog-friendly days in Cain Park. Starting Monday, April 15, leashed dogs will officially be allowed in the park for a six-month trial period.

Join the Dog Project on Sunday, April 21 for a rain-or-shine celebration. Dog-themed attire and costumes are encouraged.

At 4 p.m., leashed dogs and their owners are invited to meet at Cain Park’s Lee Road entrance for a “victory lap” around the park. The walk will follow a welcome from Dog Project leaders and Jason Stein, the Cleveland Heights City Council member who introduced the legislation.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 11:40 AM, 04.09.2013

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting agenda for March 4

The Cleveland Heights City Council has posted the agenda for its March 4 meeting.

The agenda includes two resolutions pertaining to variances in the zoning code: a chicken coop and run for a Cedar Road residence, and a game room for a Euclid Heights Boulevard business, dba B-Side Arcade. 

Following the meeting’s adjournment, council members and staff will stay to discuss questions informally with citizens.

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 9:47 AM, 03.04.2013

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting agenda for March 18

The Cleveland Heights City Council has posted the agenda for its March 18 meeting.

The agenda includes a request from the [acting] city manager to receive bids for the installation of a splash pad at Cain Park, site work for signage at Cain Park, and Mayfield Road pavement rehabilitation.

The Administrative Services Committee will present, on second reading, Ordinance 29-2013(AS), establishing salary schedules, position classifications and other compensation for officers and employees of the City.

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 10:01 AM, 03.18.2013

More young adults drawn to the Heights

Over a decade during which Northeast Ohio did not gain in population and Cleveland lost 17 percent of its population, certain neighborhoods saw significant increases in population among 25- to 34-year-olds. According to a recently published report, among the top 15 places showing growth was Cleveland Heights, which, according to the 2010 U.S. Census, had added 724 residents to the number who had been between the ages of 15 and 24 ten years earlier. 

Urban researcher Richey Piiparinen, co-editor (with Anne Trubek) of 2012’s acclaimed anthology, Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology, recently published “Mapping Human Capital: Where Northeast Ohio’s Young and Middle-Age Adults Are Locating” for Case Western Reserve University’s Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. 

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 11:07 AM, 03.28.2013

City to interview four candidates for city manager this weekend

The City of Cleveland Heights has released the names of the four finalists for the city manager position. They are William Cooper, Michelle Crandall, Crandall Jones and Andrew White. According to John Gibbon, Cleveland Heights law director, Cleveland Heights City Council plans to interview the candidates the weekend of March 9 and 10.

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 6:13 PM, 03.05.2013

Search for Cleveland Heights city manager continues

The City of Cleveland Heights announced that its search for a city manager continues, after an offer extended to candidate Andrew White was declined. Council interviewed four finalists selected by Novak Consulting Group. Council will not extend an offer to any of the remaining three candidates.

"After careful thought and spirited discussion, city council offered the position of city manager to Andrew White of Huron, Ohio," said Mayor Ed Kelley in a press release. "Mr. White consulted with his family and friends and decided not to accept the position for personal and professional reasons."

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 11:17 AM, 03.15.2013

Plans underway for 12th annual Discover Cedar Fairmount Festival on Aug. 11

Save the date for Cedar Fairmount's 12th annual festival. This year's event will take place Sunday, Aug. 11, from noon to 5 p.m. The hours have been extended at the request of patrons and vendors. The festival is located along Cedar Road and Fairmount Boulevard in the Cedar Fairmount Business District in Cleveland Heights.

In 2012, many families with small children enjoyed perfect weather and free, family-friendly activities. This year's festival will include many familiar activities from years past, with additional entertainment and music.

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 12:39 PM, 03.28.2013

Cedar Fairmount businesses appreciate work of area postman

The Cedar Fairmount business district is fortunate to have A.T. “Teddy” Wilson delivering mail in the neighborhood. At age 76, Wilson is the longest-serving active letter carrier in the state of Ohio.

Cedar Fairmount business owners say that Wilsons’s tireless efforts, attention to detail—no one gets the wrong mail—and his cheerfulness brighten their days. He has delivered mail in Cleveland Heights since 1980.

After graduating from high school at the age of 18, his father advised him to get a job working as a postal worker.  “Teddy,” he said, “The U.S. Postal Service pays well, there will not be layoffs, you will be doing a service, and there is decent retirement.” Wilson says his respect for his father inspired him to pursue a career that has spanned 58 years.

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 12:36 PM, 03.28.2013

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 3-4-13

MARCH 4, 2013

  • Citizen communications: Maury Feren, Youth of Coventry
  • Zoning appeals
  • Economic development cooperation
  • Demolition of former Medic property
  • 3629 Grosvenor Road
  • Salary schedules and benefits
  • Boards and commissions appointments
  • Block grants for community development projects
  • Ohio House Bill 5
  • Free paper shredding

All council members were present.

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 10:26 AM, 03.12.2013

City selects finalists for city manager; Niermann O’Neil removes herself from consideration

Cleveland Heights Mayor Ed Kelley reported that Novak Consulting Group, the search firm hired by city council to conduct the search for a new city manager, received 68 applications for the position and selected five finalists for council to interview. Susanna Niermann O’Neil, acting city manager, was one of the five, but has withdrawn her application. Council has accepted her withdrawal.

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 5:43 PM, 02.22.2013

Cain Park officially goes dog-friendly

Since 1973, Cleveland Heights dog owners have had to settle for walks around the block or drive to other cities to find dog-friendly parks. For some, proximity to a park that welcomes dogs is a factor in choosing where to live, and that hasn’t been a selling point for Cleveland Heights—until now.

Starting April 15, a six-month pilot program for Cain Park, driven by the Cain Park Neighborhood Association’s Dog Project initiative, will allow residents and their dogs to enjoy one of Cleveland Heights parks together.

Cleveland Heights City Council passed new legislation on Feb. 19 stating that, for a six-month trial period, April 15 through Oct. 15, leashed-dog walking will be allowed in Cain Park. Resolution 18-2013 stipulates that:

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 11:19 AM, 02.26.2013

City manager finalist field narrows as Niermann O'Neil withdraws

Cleveland Heights Mayor Ed Kelley reported that Novak Consulting Group, the search firm hired by city council to conduct the search for a new city manager, received 68 applications for the position and selected five finalists for council to interview. Susanna Niermann O’Neil, acting city manager, was one of the five, but has withdrawn her application. Council has accepted her withdrawal.

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 10:38 AM, 02.26.2013

Twenty-three apply for Youth Advisory Commission

On Jan. 7, Cleveland Heights City Council voted 6-1 in favor of establishing the Cleveland Heights Youth Advisory Commission, to enhance communication between government, youth and the community and to provide advice to council on youth issues. Twenty-three young people applied for the job by the Feb. 8 deadline, and city council is currently reviewing the applications.

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 4:14 PM, 02.25.2013

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 2-4-13

FEBRUARY 4, 2013

  • Citizen communications
  • Waste disposal contract
  • Civil Service Commission opening
  • Exodus Lett
  • Block grant award to HCC
  • Inspection services agreement
  • Zoning variance
  • Amendment to Nighttown agreement
  • School district facilities committee
  • Cain Park dog walking
  • 3247 Oak Road
  • February commemorations


All council members were present.

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 12:13 PM, 02.13.2013

City receives 68 applications for city manager position

Mayor Ed Kelley reported that Novak Consulting Group, the search firm hired by city council to conduct the search for a new city manager, received 68 applications for the position. “Novak has reviewed their credentials and has selected 15 to examine further,” said Kelley. “Susanna [Niermann O’Neil] is one of the 15.”

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 2:29 PM, 02.08.2013

CH economic development director resigns

Howard Thompson, Cleveland Heights economic development director, has resigned from his position effective immediately. Thompson had held the position since December 2010.

“We were reorganizing the planning and development department and Howard resigned,” said Susanna Niermann O’Neil, acting city manager, “These things happen.”

The city had created the position in order to bring in Thompson. An assistant planning director position had been left unfilled for two and a half years prior to his appointment.

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 5:19 PM, 02.06.2013

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 1-22-13

 JANUARY 22, 2013

  • Citizen participation
  • Tower lease agreement
  • Road repair support services
  • Variances granted
  • Cedar-Fairmount bicycle improvements
  • Loan for new restaurant
  • Heritage Home Loan Program
  • Extension of NSP phase III
  • 2091 Goodnor Road


Cheryl L. Stephens was absent.

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 9:21 AM, 02.13.2013

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 12-17-12

DECEMBER 17, 2012

  • Patch editor
  • Fire hydrants
  • Glenwood Road storm sewer
  • Neighborhood Stabilization Program
  • Noble Road commercial property cleanup
  • City’s salt dome
  • Nighttown expansion
  • Parking violation penalties
  • On-street overnight parking
  • City employee classification
  • City employee health benefits
  • City charter
  • Recreation fees and activities for 2013
  • City’s 2012 and 2013 budgets
  • Payroll software maintenance

All council members were present.

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 11:53 AM, 01.16.2013

Free parking weekends in Cleveland Heights continue in 2013

Cleveland Heights will extend the free-parking weekends it offered last year through 2013. On the last full weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) of each month, parking will be free wherever there is a meter: on the street, in city parking lots and in city parking garages.

The first free-parking weekend of 2013 will be Jan. 25, 26 and 27.

Mayor Ed Kelley said that Cleveland Heights City Council made the decision in mid-January, after hearing from a number of merchants, and from people who live in other cities who had visited the Heights during last year’s free weekends.

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 4:33 PM, 01.18.2013

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 1-7-13

JANUARY 7, 2013

  • Bid contracts
  • Youth Advisory Commission
  • Self-insurance program
  • Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)
  • Recreation rates and activities 2013
  • Police Unity Tour
  • Zoning variance
  • Sharing bomb squad services
  • Nuisance properties

All council members were present.

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 11:07 AM, 01.17.2013

FirstEnergy meets with City of Cleveland Heights to address power outage concerns

Cleveland Heights Mayor Ed Kelley and Council Member Jason Stein met with John Skory, president of CEI (FirstEnergy), on Dec. 3 to discuss the city's concerns about the company’s handling of the power outage caused by Hurricane Sandy. Both Kelley and Stein had expressed frustration at a Nov. 7 city council meeting, and Stein had requested a meeting in a letter he sent to Anthony J. Alexander, president and CEO of FirstEnergy, that same day.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 11:18 PM, 12.27.2012

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 12-3-12

DECEMBER 3, 2012

  • Citizen communication
  • Budget ordinances
  • Resolution opposing state legislation
  • Zoning variances
  • 2920 Noble Road
  • Meadowbrook-Lee development
  • Building registration fees
  • Upgrading Mayfield Road traffic signals
  • Power cots for rescue squad
  • FirstEnergy meeting
  • Abandoned dog

Janine R. Boyd was absent.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 6:46 PM, 12.13.2012

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 11-19-12

NOVEMBER 19, 2012

  • Citizen communications
  • County health services
  • Certificate of occupancy fees
  • Solid waste fee increase
  • City’s fiber network
  • Holiday trash pick-up change
  • Free parking weekend

Cheryl L. Stephens was absent.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 11:10 AM, 12.07.2012

City of Cleveland Heights power outage update

[This update was sent out by the City of Cleveland Heights on Nov. 1.]

"The City is in ongoing communication with CEI regarding power outages. Public Works continues to clean up trees and debris that do not involve downed power lines. In order for those trees touching wires to be removed, CEI must come to the site first. The Community Center is closed until CEI can bring the power grid back.  Thank you to those residents who cleared street drains of leaves to prevent flooding. Please remember: safety first and be careful of the downed lines."

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Volume 5, Issue 12, Posted 11:04 AM, 11.01.2012

Final meetings for Circle-Heights Bike Network and Missing Link Studies are Nov. 29

On Nov. 29, a final pair of public meetings will be held in relation to the Circle-Heights Bike Network and Missing Links Studies. The goal of these studies is to improve the bicycle, pedestrian and transit connections between University Circle and Cleveland Heights.

In University Circle, the meeting will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Case Western Reserve University's Crawford Hall, 10900 Euclid Ave., in the Inamori Center on the lower level. In Cleveland Heights, the meeting will be held from 7–9 p.m. at Cleveland Heights City Hall, 40 Severance Circle, in Council Chambers.

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Volume 5, Issue 12, Posted 9:25 AM, 11.20.2012

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 11-7-12

NOVEMBER 7, 2012

  • Citizen comments
  • Zoning variances
  • Nighttown patio expansion
  • New owner for diners
  • Bidding threshold
  • Audit services
  • Salt facility demolition
  • Wood and Preyer roads paving
  • Storm issues


All council members were present.

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Volume 5, Issue 12, Posted 10:09 AM, 11.18.2012

City of Cleveland Heights blasts FirstEnergy’s handling of power outage

“I give FirstEnergy a D– for the way they handled the situation—administratively and in communications,” said Cleveland Heights Mayor Ed Kelley at the Nov. 7 meeting of Cleveland Heights City Council. “The only reason I don’t give them an F is because I don’t like F’s for anybody, otherwise I’d give them an F.”

Kelley made the comment after Council Member Jason Stein read a letter that he had written to Anthony J. Alexander, president and CEO of First Energy Corp., expressing his frustration over the way the company had handled the outage caused by Superstorm Sandy that blasted Northeast Ohio with wind and rain, causing the downing of several trees and power lines. Many in Cleveland Heights were without power for more than five days.

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Volume 5, Issue 12, Posted 7:24 AM, 11.12.2012

Weather postpones trick-or-treating and closes schools

The rain and wind from Hurricane Sandy has caused power outages and downed trees in the Heights. The Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District has announced that schools will be closed on Tuesday, Oct. 30. For updates, visit www.chuh.org.

The City of Cleveland Heights has announced that it will delay Halloween trick-or-treating until Sunday. The city will hold trick-or-treating from 6 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 4.

“We, along with other cities in the area, want our children and families to safely enjoy the Halloween tradition," said Mayor Ed Kelley. 

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 11:16 PM, 10.29.2012

Cleveland Heights installs new bike racks on parking meters around town

The City of Cleveland Heights has added more parking in several city business districts, but don’t go looking for expensive new parking lots or garages. You won’t find them. Instead, the city has enhanced parking for bicycles in the form of small attachments to parking meters, called meter rings.

Richard Wong, planning director for the City of Cleveland Heights, purchased 25 meter rings—at a total cost of $1,938—and has had them installed on meters in several business districts. “A planning colleague in Indianapolis had installed them and vouched for the product,” said Wong. “I like them because meters are right in front so that a bicyclist can see her or his bike. The ring’s height and shape make it easy to lock the back wheel and frame using a U-shaped lock. Many racks don’t have these attributes.”

Wong said he plans to purchase at least 10 more meter rings and will purchase more if public response is positive.

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 2:39 PM, 10.30.2012

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 10-3-12

OCTOBER 3, 2012

  • New council member seated
  • Citizen concern - Meadowbrook Lee project
  • CDBG application
  • Sanitary sewer overflow
  • HVAC maintenance
  • 3273 East Overlook Road
  • City manager search
  • Awareness month
  • Real estate conference

All council members were present.

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 10:46 AM, 10.15.2012

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 9-19-12

SEPTEMBER 19, 2012

  • Citizen concerns
  • Coventry Village improvements
  • City Hall parking lot improvements
  • Gas Aggregation Program
  • Mayfield Road rehabilitation
  • Nighttown patio improvement
  • Cedar-Fairmount improvements
  • Free parking
  • Fire department vehicle purchase
  • 3417 DeSota Ave.
  • Emergency management
  • MYXX


All council members were present.

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 11:17 AM, 10.11.2012

Janine Boyd selected to replace Phyllis Evans on CH City Council

When Barbara Boyd resigned from Cleveland Heights City Council in 1993 to become a state representative, Phyllis Evans was appointed by city council to fill her seat. Now, Boyd's daughter, Janine Boyd, has been appointed by city council to replace Evans, who resigned from council in June.

Janine Boyd will be sworn in as a city council member at 7:30 p.m. at the council's meeting on Oct. 3.

A total of 21 candidates applied for the vacant seat. City council members interviewed four applicants, Boyd, Jeff Coryell, Mike Gaynier and Gina Weisblat, on Sept. 24, before selecting Boyd. Both Gaynier and Coryell had run for election to council in 2011.

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 10:44 AM, 09.28.2012

RTA breaks ground on new Cedar-University Circle station

Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority broke ground on a new Cedar-University Red Line Rapid Station on Sept. 19. The station will replace the existing station at the bottom of Cedar Hill, making it fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The existing station was constructed in 1956, although the tunnel, platform and stairs were built in 1929. RTA upgraded the station in 2001 to meet minimum ADA requirements, but the station remains substandard and unappealing. Pedestrians transferring from bus to train or walking to their final destination must cross vast seas of pavement.

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 2:06 PM, 09.25.2012

CH police arrest suspect in Lee Road break-ins

For several months, business owners in the Cedar Lee Business District have been victims in a series of overnight break-ins and burglaries—often involving smashed storefront windows and resulting in thousands of dollars in property damage.

On Sept. 20, the Cleveland Heights Police Department (CHPD) announced it had arrested 60-year-old Michael Moore, a resident of Cleveland Heights, in connection with those break-ins. According to Deputy Chief of Police Brad Sudyk, the police department has tied Moore to three of the 10 break-ins that occurred at Lee Road businesses, and is continuing to investigate a possible connection to the others and to similar break-ins in other city business districts.

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 2:02 PM, 09.25.2012

Cleveland Heights police arrest suspect in Lee Road break-ins

For several months, business owners in the Cedar Lee Business District have been victims in a series of overnight break-ins and burglaries—often involving smashed storefront windows and resulting in thousands of dollars in property damage.

Earlier today, the Cleveland Heights Police Department announced it had arrested a man in connection with those break-ins. Though the Police Department has posted a photo of the suspect on its Facebook page, his name has not yet been made public.

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 6:10 PM, 09.20.2012