Cleveland Heights

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

Twenty candidates for vacant CH city council seat

Twenty candidates have applied for the Cleveland Heights City Council seat vacated by Phyllis Evans in June.

"We plan to interview 3-5 candidates in the next 2-3 weeks," said Mayor Edward Kelley. "My goal is to have someone in place around the first week of October but council is under no time restriction. The timeline will depend on council's ability to schedule with the candidates."

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 12:10 PM, 09.18.2012

City of Cleveland Heights announces additional free parking weekends

In a Sept. 14 news release, the City of Cleveland Heights announced additional free parking weekends through the end of 2012.

"This is a great way to welcome people into our community to experience all we have to offer," said Mayor Ed Kelley. "It is also support for all of our merchants throughout our commercial districts."

On the last weekend 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 free parking weekends are:

  • Sept. 28, 29 & 30
  • Oct. 26, 27 & 28
  • Nov. 23, 24 & 25
  • Dec. 28, 29 & 30
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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 1:11 PM, 09.15.2012

City of Cleveland Heights seeks nominations for annual homeowner awards

The City of Cleveland Heights is seeking nominations for the 2012 Community Improvement, Tender Loving Care and Historic Preservation awards. Residents may nominate friends, neighbors or themselves by Sept. 28.

Every year, the city recognizes homeowners who have made improvements to their properties that are visible from the street, and improve the perceived property values of the city’s neighborhoods, through its Community Improvement Awards. Improvements may include restoration, renovation, additions, outdoor furniture and sitting areas, lighting, new construction, signage or painting.

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 1:24 PM, 09.11.2012

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 8-20-12

AUGUST 20, 2012

  • Citizen concerns - Tax abatement proposal
  • Citizen concerns - Millikin School lease
  • Finance director appointment
  • Millikin lease proposal
  • Tax abatement for Meadowbrook/Lee project
  • Zoning variance
  • Nuisance properties
  • City manager, council vacancies
  • Fund transfers

All council members were present.

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 4:43 PM, 09.06.2012

Economics of tax abatement

Residents often question the need for tax abatement for real estate development. The argument against tax abatement is that it takes money out of the coffers of already tightly budgeted municipalities and school districts. However, the unfortunate fact is that tax abatement is often necessary to justify the cost of construction. 

The proposed development of the Lee-Meadowbrook site can be used as an example to explain the impact to investors and developers for tax abatement. The developer, The Orlean Company, is estimating it will cost $11,100,000 to develop a mixed-use building with 14,466 square feet of commercial space and 77 apartments. It is estimating annual rental income of $1,300,000.

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Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 11:38 AM, 08.28.2012

Cleveland Heights reopens search for Evans' replacement

Cleveland Heights City Council announced today that it would reopen the search for the council seat vacated by the retirement of Phyllis Evans. Council reviewed an opinion from Ohio Public Employees Retirement Systemts (OPERS) that indicated Evans' health benefits would be jeopardized if she were reappointed and decided not to reappoint Evans to the vacant seat.

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Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 6:19 PM, 08.16.2012

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 8-6-12

AUGUST 6, 2012

  • Citizen concerns (MYXX bar at Cedar Fairmount, tax abatement proposal, police response time, mowing charge)
  • Zoning variance denied
  • Lake to Lakes Trail Project
  • Nuisance ordinance expanded
  • Residential properties a nuisance
  • MYXX bar declared a nuisance
  • Vacant council seat
  • City manager search
  • 2012–13 fall/winter recreation rates
  • Coventry SID plan
  • Truck purchase
  • Middlehurst waterline replacement

Council Member Mary A. Dunbar was excused.

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Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 6:01 PM, 08.13.2012

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 7-16-12

JULY 16, 2012

  • 2013 tax budget
  • Citizens’ concerns (Oakwood)
  • Vehicle purchases
  • Call center
  • Nuisance residential properties
  • Noble Road gas station a nuisance
  • Recreation rates for fall/winter
  • Coventry SID plan

All council members were present.

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Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 5:33 PM, 08.13.2012

In reversal, BOE announces Severance Tower polling site will remain open for 2012

In a July 26 e-mail to Jane Platten, director of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections (BOE), Cleveland Heights Mayor Edward Kelley asked the BOE to move precinct 4G back to Severance Tower.

The closure of the Severance Tower polling site was one of several polling changes presented to Cleveland Heights City Council on June 25 by Erich Stubbs, election support official for the BOE. [Reported in the August issue of the Heights Observer.]

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Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 3:11 PM, 08.07.2012

Board of Elections announces polling location changes in Cleveland Heights

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections (BOE) has announced the closing of three Cleveland Heights polling locations, Boulevard Elementary School, Oxford Elementary School and Severance Towers. In addition, two precincts at other polling locations will move to new polling sites this November.

Erich Stubbs, election support official for the BOE, presented the changes to Cleveland Heights City Council on June 25.

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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 1:37 PM, 07.31.2012

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 7-2-12

JULY 2, 2012

  • Residents’ concerns (Oakwood, Citizens United, Community gardens)
  • Bonds
  • 2013 Tax budget
  • Construction code for service providers
  • City purchases
  • Zoning variances
  • Independents Week
  • Medusa
  • Little Free Library
  • Hazards mitigation
  • Cleveland Heights artists
  • City manager search
  • Council vacancy application

All council members were present.

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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 11:18 AM, 07.23.2012

Water main break at Cedar Fairmount snarls traffic

A water main break at the intersection of Cedar Road and Fairmount Boulevard caused rush hour traffic jams on Cedar Hill on July 12 when the eastbound lanes of Fairmount had to be closed.

“The break occurred at 2 a.m.,” said Dennis Zentarski, commissioner for utilities, water and sewers for the City of Cleveland Heights, “and it was a big one. It required emergency response because of the large quantity of water.”

The break was located and repaired by 2 p.m. One traffic lane remained closed, however, awaiting repair of the road bed.

A water line broke at Cedar Road and Grandview Avenue on July 8.

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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 4:30 PM, 07.13.2012

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 6-18-12

JUNE 18, 2012

  • New fire chief
  • CDBG funds
  • Ice rink compressor
  • “Summer in the City” free parking
  • Citizens United resolution
  • Nuisance properties
  • Nancy Dietrich appointed to zoning board
  • Bicycle surveys
  • Vacancies

Council Member Cheryl L. Stephens was excused.

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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 11:02 AM, 07.06.2012

City of Cleveland Heights now accepting applications for vacant council seat

Cleveland Heights Mayor Edward Kelley announced on June 26 that Cleveland Heights City Council was beginning the application process to fill the city council seat vacated by Phyllis Evans in June, when she resigned for personal reasons.

The deadline for applications is 5 p.m., Wednesday, July 25. The application is posted online at www.clevelandheights.com, and is also available by calling Judy Hayes in the city manager’s office at 216-291-3737.

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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 3:54 PM, 07.02.2012

City of Cleveland Heights announces free summer parking dates

Free parking in Cleveland Heights? No, you’re not hallucinating. The city is offering free parking at parking meters around the city on three weekends this summer.

"We have offered free parking in the past for specific events and when we had really bad winters,” said Susanna Niermann O’Neil, acting city manager for the City of Cleveland Heights. “This year we thought it would be something neat to do, and we picked this summer because different merchants asked about it as a possibility. We looked at it, thought about it, and council said this is a good thing to do to bring people to the commercial districts."

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 11:57 AM, 06.13.2012

Police chiefs talk crime prevention with local residents

Cleveland Heights Police Chief Jeffery Robertson would have stood out, even if he had been in plainclothes, as he mingled with the crowd at the June 20 Meet the New Police Chiefs event.

At 6 ft. 8 in., Robertson naturally drew the crowd’s attention when he entered Cedar Fairmount’s Myxx, where the event took place.

Hosted by FutureHeights, Meet the New Police Chiefs was an opportunity for locals to learn firsthand, from both Robertson and University Heights Police Chief Steven Hammett, the directions in which they are taking their departments.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 12:00 PM, 06.26.2012

Nancy Dietrich appointed to Board of Zoning Appeals

Nancy Dietrich, former Cleveland Heights City Council member, was appointed into the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) at the Cleveland Heights City Council meeting on June 18. Council members voted for Dietrich to fill an empty spot, effective immediately.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 12:31 PM, 06.26.2012

Dog Project Committee proposes lifting dog ban in CH parks

As summer starts, Heights residents are looking for places to enjoy the outdoors with their dogs.

The Dog Project Committee is a group of residents that formed as a result of the Cain Park Neighborhood Association’s efforts to encourage more neighborhood activities in Cain Park. Members attended the June 18 Cleveland Heights City Council meeting to petition council to lift the dog ban in Cain Park. The group proposed a test run of six months to one year, and eventually wants to make all Cleveland Heights parks dog-friendly.

“Dogs are part of the 21st-century family,” said Kerry Whitehouse, who spoke for the group at the meeting.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 1:42 PM, 06.19.2012

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 6-4-12

JUNE 4, 2012

  • Phyllis Evans resigns
  • Oakwood Country Club
  • Kent Road waterline
  • LGBT Pride Month
  • CDBG funds
  • Construction by service providers
  • Mayfield and Lee traffic signals
  • Cooking oil collection
  • Townhomes on Euclid Heights Boulevard
  • Citizens United Supreme Court decision
  • 2549 Noble Road

All council members were present.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 8:55 AM, 06.23.2012

Sewer District attempts to settle Regional Stormwater Management Program dispute with opposing parties

On June 7, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District filed a Report to the Court concerning the Sewer District's Regional Stormwater Management Program. In this report, the sewer district officially responded and agreed to amend its Stormwater Management Code to make changes to the Regional Stormwater Management Program as requested by Judge Thomas J. Pokorny in his February 15 ruling.

At the June 7 board meeting, the sewer district’s board of trustees approved issuing the proposed Stormwater Management Code changes to all member Communities, including Cleveland Heights and University Heights, for a 30-day comment period.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 9:16 AM, 06.23.2012

No process announced yet to appoint Evans' successor on CH City Council

Cleveland Heights City Council did not discuss Council Member Phyllis Evans' resignation at its June 11 work session and has not yet announced a process to select her replacement.  

"We are going to let her work out her situation and then we can figure out next steps," Council Member Bonnie Caplan said in an e-mail.

Evans resigned June 4 citing a need to resign in order to use hospitalization benefits through the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS). She wanted to use the benefits that she earned for the 18 years she served on city council.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 3:09 PM, 06.12.2012

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 5-21-12

MAY 21, 2012

  • Historic Preservation Month
  • Sustainability suggestions
  • Oakwood comments
  • Water and sewer fees increase
  • Police vehicles
  • 3354 Berkeley Ave.
  • Lead Safe Program
  • Council member in marathon
  • Waterline survey
  • Mayfield Road work
  • Road salt purchase
  • Recycling income
  • Sustainable zoning practices
  • More outdoor dining spots
  • Open Office

Mayor Edward J. Kelley was absent.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 10:15 AM, 06.07.2012

CH City Council Member Phyllis Evans resigns

Phyllis Evans, Cleveland Heights city council member, resigned on June 4.

"I'm resigning because of personal reasons. It's relatively simple. I planned to use my benefits through the state and the interpretation was different than what I thought it was," Evans said.

Evans had to resign to use hospitalization benefits. She wanted to use the benefits that she earned for the 18 years she served on city council.

“I’ll miss her very much. She always did her homework and she helped people from every walk of life. I’ll miss her friendship,” Cleveland Heights Mayor Edward Kelley said.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 2:16 PM, 06.05.2012

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 5-7-12

MAY 7, 2012

  • Oakwood, abandoned properties, safety concerns
  • Contract awards for roads and sewers
  • Vice manager appointment
  • Zoning variances
  • Loan to Burgers-N-Beer
  • 863 Nelaview Road
  • Nuisance properties
  • Cedar-Lee camera surveillance
  • Denison Pool
  • Monticello pavement

All council members were present.

 
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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 9:44 AM, 06.04.2012

Cleveland Heights passes sustainable zoning legislation

On Monday, May 21, the Cleveland Heights City Council passed legislation for sustainable zoning. The revised zoning code aims to encourage sustainable development and practices in commercial and residential areas of the city.

Vice Mayor Dennis R. Wilcox explained the Cleveland Heights three-part sustainability goals to council. “Sometimes we think about the environmental part, but it’s really social and economic sustainability as well,” he said.

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Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 3:44 PM, 05.22.2012

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 4-16-12

APRIL 16, 2012

  • City manager resigns
  • HCC—40 years old
  • Constitutional amendment
  • Oakwood
  • Catch basin cleaning
  • National Preservation Month
  • Outdoor dining at The Social Room
  • Bike Month
  • CDBG funds for 2012
  • First Energy rates for the city

All council members were present. 

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Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 8:40 AM, 05.07.2012

Cleveland Heights City Council accepts Downey's resignation, appoints Niermann O'Neil acting city manager

Mayor Ed Kelley opened the April 16 Cleveland Heights City Council meeting at 7:43 p.m. by reading the press release dated Friday, April 13, announcing the resignation of City Manager Robert C. Downey and the appointment of Susanna Niermann O’Neil to be acting city manager. He stated that a national search will be conducted for a permanent city manager. 

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 1:51 PM, 04.17.2012

City Manager Bob Downey resigns

The City of Cleveland Heights announced today that Robert C. Downey has resigned from his position as city manager after more than 30 years of service. Downey had retired in 2008 and was re-hired in 2009 via the state’s “retire, re-hire” program, which encourages experienced public employees to continue in the public service after they are eligible to retire.

In a press release, Mayor Ed Kelley said, “Bob Downey did a great job for our community during these many years. We thank him for his commitment and dedication. Cleveland Heights City Council wishes him well in his future endeavors.”

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 3:50 PM, 04.13.2012

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 4-2-12

APRIL 2, 2012

  • Thanks given to council
  • Bids and contracts
  • Yard waste
  • Zoning variance
  • Monticello Boulevard environmental assessment
  • Community development
  • Sustainable development
  • National Library Week
  • Police cruiser purchase
  • Nuisance properties
  • Millikin School building
  • Cain Park fundraiser
  • Paul Gurgol

All council members were present.

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 12:47 PM, 04.16.2012

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 3-19-12

MARCH 19, 2012

  • Severance Woods
  • Fair Housing Month
  • Cain Park schedule  
  • CDBG funds
  • Road salt savings
  • Recycling equipment
  • 3942 Delmore Road
  • 1481 Rydalmount Road
  • Personnel compensation

All council members were present.

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 12:37 PM, 04.16.2012

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 3-5-12

MARCH 5, 2012

  • Liquor license appeal
  • Severance woods
  • Personnel compensation
  • Cain Park anniversary
  • Public meeting with Fitzgerald
  • Car purchase for municipal court
  • Taylor Road
  • City-owned residential properties
  • Sycamore nuisance properties
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Volume 5, Issue 4, Posted 10:29 AM, 03.23.2012