University Heights

Nancy English, UH clerk of council, retires

Effective Aug. 1, Nancy English, who has served as clerk of council for the City of University Heights for 20 years, is retiring. In an e-mail to residents, English said, “It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve you for the past 20 years. “ 

As clerk of council, English was the liaison for city council members, interacted with the public, and attended city council, board, commission and council committee meetings. She transcribed minutes, posted notices and served as secretary for the Planning and Civil Service Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals and Records Retention Commission.

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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 3:13 PM, 07.31.2012

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 6-4-12

JUNE 4, 2012

  • Dina Flesher
  • New resident meet and greet
  • Returned check policy
  • Budget adjustment for part-time workers
  • Road salt purchase
  • Bank account closed
  • Funds for Fuchs Mizrachi purchase
  • Street resurfacing change order
  • Police department air conditioner
  • Thermal imager
  • Texting while driving
  • Street construction
  • Program on sewer maintenance
  • Dysart tree lawn disruption
  • No regular meetings July and August

Councilman Thomas Cozzens was excused.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 2:14 PM, 06.22.2012

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 5-21-12

MAY 21, 2012

  • Memorial Day parade
  • County Planning Commission
  • Transfer of funds
  • Scooter purchase
  • Returned check policy
  • Range service agreement
  • Tree maintenance
  • Repair of refuse collection scooter
  • R.I.T.A. representatives
  • Technology Advisory Commission
  • 2012 recreation program

All council members were present.

 
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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 2:07 PM, 06.22.2012

UH City Council approves new thermal camera for fire department

At their June 4 meeting, the members of University Heights City Council voted unanimously to approve the purchase of a new HD thermal camera for the city’s fire department. City council stipulated that the purchase price not exceed $10,270. The new camera is the third generation and newest thermal camera on the market. The city purchased its first thermal camera in 2000, when these devices first hit the market.

The thermal imaging device enables firefighters to see life forms up to 20 feet away in burning and smoke-filled buildings, according to Captain Brian Phan. The device works by showing life forms and heated objects as white. The whiter the image the hotter the object is. When a firefighter focuses the device on an object, he or she can see the temperature of the object in the lower right hand corner of the LCD screen.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 10:44 PM, 06.11.2012

UH mourns the death of Dina Flesher, finance clerk

Monday, June 4, was a difficult day for University Heights City Hall employees. Dina Flesher, a loyal and cherished employee and member of the University Heights community, died suddenly on June 3. Following the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of the June 4 city council meeting, attendees observed a moment of silence to honor Flesher.

Susan Infeld, University Heights mayor, noted that Flesher had worked in the city’s finance department for five years, and said, “I was surprised to see it was that short a period of time. She was an integral part of making this city function, and her personality lent so much to our operations.”

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 10:28 AM, 06.06.2012

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 5-7-12

MAY 7, 2012

  • Service director
  • Deputy chief
  • Technology Advisory Commission
  • Nominating petitions
  • Abatement correction
  • Waterline replacement
  • Women and minority businesses
  • Dump truck
  • Violence against women
  • Flashover incident
  • New businesses
  • UH as a model
  • Senior services

All council members were present.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 9:59 AM, 06.04.2012

Joint fire services study for UH and Shaker Heights

On May 15, consultants from Emergency Services Consulting International (ESCI) spoke to the University Heights community about a Fire Service Feasibility Study between the cities of University Heights and Shaker Heights. The study focuses on how University Heights and Shaker Heights can efficiently deliver fire services. The study also looks at how the cities can spend less money delivering the same services or spend the same amount of money for increased services.

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Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 2:49 PM, 05.29.2012

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 4-16-12

APRIL 16, 2012

  • Fuchs Mizrachi School property
  • Resident being sued
  • Gearity School
  • Gesu boys basketball team
  • New finance director
  • Julian Rogers to represent UH
  • Street resurfacing and marking
  • Renewal of notes
  • Pension fund transfers
  • Height of grass
  • Recreational fee changes
  • Police department restructuring
  • Senior transportation
  • Deadline change
  • James Zupka, CPA
  • Course for realtors

All council members were present.

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Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 9:15 AM, 05.07.2012

UH to acquire Fuchs Mizrachi property

On April 16, University Heights City Council voted to approve, on second reading, a purchase agreement with The Leonard and Susan Fuchs Mizrachi School. The purchase price of $600,000 will be paid on a three-two-one schedule, with $300,000 due at closing. The vote was 6 to 1, with Vice Mayor Frankie Goldberg abstaining due to a conflict of interest.

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 12:08 PM, 05.01.2012

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 4-2-12

MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2012

  • Proposed park on Saybrook
  • Municipal income tax collection
  • Relay for Life
  • Schools facilities plans
  • National Library Week
  • 3954 Silsby Road
  • Fair housing ordinance update
  • Audit services
  • Car leasing for police department
  • Issuance of bonds
  • Pool chemicals
  • Finance director
  • Internet cafes

All council members were present.

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 2:09 PM, 04.21.2012

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 3-19-12

MARCH 19, 2012

  • School facilities
  • 2012 Water Main Replacement
  • 2012 budget
  • Lansdale Road
  • Sweepstakes terminal cafes
  • 3954 Silsby Road
  • Paper shredding
  • House repair notices
  • Executive session

Councilman Phillip Ertel was excused.

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 12:15 PM, 04.21.2012

UH Senior Citizen Happenings for April

All events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m., at the University Heights Library, 13866 Cedar Road. Senior Citizen Happenings are sponsored by the City of University Heights.

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Volume 5, Issue 4, Posted 12:56 PM, 04.05.2012

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 3-5-12

MARCH 5, 2012

  • Proposed park on Saybrook Road
  • Senior services
  • Newsletter announcements
  • Finance director
  • Yard nuisance abatement bids
  • Purvis Park Pool painting
  • 2012 appropriations
  • Tax collections
  • Special waste collection
  • Executive session

All council members were present.

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Volume 5, Issue 4, Posted 12:04 PM, 04.05.2012

Support for Saybrook Park expressed at UH town hall meeting

At a March 12 town hall meeting hosted by Mayor Susan Infeld at Wiley Middle School, an audience of 51 University Heights residents expressed strong support for the city's proposal to purchase the former Fuchs Mizrachi school to create new Saybrook Park. Fuchs Mizrachi, a Jewish day school, moved to Beachwood in 2010, closing its University Heights school.

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Volume 5, Issue 4, Posted 9:09 AM, 03.27.2012

Mayor Infeld to host town hall meeting on March 12 about proposed Saybrook Park

Preserving open green space in our highly developed community is a recurring issue, surfacing recently in the hotly debated plan for construction of a retail development on the property of the former Oakwood County Club. Now there is an opportunity to convert the largest remaining green space in University Heights into a city park, and the matter will be the subject of a town hall meeting hosted by Mayor Susan Infeld on Monday, March 12, at 7 p.m. at the Wiley Middle School auditorium, 2181 Miramar Boulevard, University Heights.

The property in question is the former Fuchs Mizrachi School, a 6.8 acre site at 2301 Fenwick Road within the large block bounded by Fenwick, Silsby, Saybrook, and Faversham roads. The site has been vacant since August 2010 when the Orthodox Jewish day school moved to Beachwood.

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Volume 5, Issue 4, Posted 10:35 AM, 03.06.2012

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 2-6-2012

FEBRUARY 6, 2012

  • New park
  • New deputy library director
  • State of the City address
  • Council action on regional study
  • County Health and Human Services
  • Sewer repairs
  • Waste processing service
  • 911 equipment
  • Police and fire exams
  • Hard-wired smoke detectors

All council members were present.

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Volume 5, Issue 3, Posted 11:24 AM, 02.21.2012

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 12-13-11

DECEMBER 19, 2011

  • Finance director
  • Health care provisions
  • Budget legislation
  • Municipal energy program
  • Fund transfers for closing 2011
  • GAAP conversion
  • Public health services
  • Compensation plan
  • McDonalds
  • Street repairs
  • Retiring council members

Council member Kevin Patrick Murphy was excused.

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Volume 5, Issue 2, Posted 2:20 PM, 01.24.2012

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 1-3-12

JANUARY 3, 2012

  • Oaths of office
  • Leap Day at Shaker Heights court
  • Appointments
  • Director of finance
  • Emergency sewer repairs
  • Yard nuisance
  • Water line repairs
  • New assistant clerk of council
  • Shared fire services

All council members were present.

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Volume 5, Issue 2, Posted 2:19 PM, 01.24.2012

Is UH council at risk of becoming a rubber stamp?

In the past four years, University Heights City Council has kept a watchful eye on the city administration, exercising the checks and balances of government, as they should. This will change with the 2012 council.

Many on the new council, along with the mayor, have close ties to one another and to Jeffrey H. Friedman, an attorney. Most members are supported and/or endorsed by both the mayor and Friedman.

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 10:39 AM, 01.05.2012

UH senior citizen happenings

Jan. 12, 2 p.m.
Lisa Cellura, outreach educator for Cleveland Sight Center, will present the award-winning video, “Hope & Cope–Living with Macula Degeneration.”

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 11:43 AM, 01.05.2012

Nietert and Kazarian receive University Heights honors

The City of University Heights recognized several residents at its Dec. 5 city council meeting. Patrolman Kyle Nietert was honored as Public Servant of the Year. Anita Kazarian was named Citizen of the Year.

Nietert was the first responder to a burning home, occupied by the Seltzer family, on July 9. A proclamation from the city said that Nietert “displayed selfless action” in saving the family and that his actions “serve as a shining example of heroism and courage to a grateful community and an inspiration to all of us.” Nietert was in attendance Dec. 5 to accept the honor. 

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 11:42 AM, 12.06.2011

University Heights City Council meeting highlights [10-17-11]

OCTOBER 17, 2011

  • Paper shredding and waste collection
  • Combining fire services
  • McDonalds
  • City Hall carpet
  • Senior transportation
  • Refuse collection scooter
  • Tree service
  • Fenwick road
  • Det. Lt. Edward Schmidt
  • Council opposition to tax collection proposal
  • 1991 fire engine
  • Silsby house
  • Anti-poaching agreement
  • 2010 State Audit 

Council Members Frank Consolo, Kevin Patrick Murphy were excused.

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Volume 4, Issue 12, Posted 5:03 PM, 11.20.2011

Senior citizen happenings

Dec. 1 at 2 p.m., Judson Manor Ballroom, 1890 E. 107th Street at Chester Avenue

Mary Vanhoozer, concert pianist in the doctoral program at Cleveland Institute of Music, and a scholarship student in Judson Manor’s intergenerational initiative, will perform Maurice Ravel’s “Le Tombeau de Couperin” and Cesar Franck’s “Prelude, Chorale et Fugue.”

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Volume 4, Issue 12, Posted 4:10 PM, 12.01.2011

University Heights City Council meeting highlights [10-3-11]

OCTOBER 3, 2011

  • Resident complaint about neighbor’s yard
  • Gearity School walk-a-thon
  • Leaf collection
  • Recycling
  • Firefighter Paul Nees honored
  • School board members talk about schools and levy
  • Police and fire pensions
  • Fire department equipment
  • Carpet purchase tabled
  • Sweepstakes terminal cafes
  • Senior transportation
  • Zoning and planning fees
  • Public safety items.
  • Road construction 

Councilman Kevin Patrick Murphy was excused.

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 10:44 PM, 10.26.2011

Volunteer groups raise money for UH city hall

University Heights residents connect with one another when they walk their dogs, shop in local markets or greet their neighbors. They also connect when they volunteer their time, energy and talent to one of the many organizations that serve our city.

This year, two volunteer groups—the City Beautiful Commission (CBC) and the Memorial Day Parade Committee raised more than $5,800 for the city. Under the leadership of former Councilman Steve Bennett, CBC reorganized itself into a vibrant and successful volunteer group. They raised a record $1,632 from their most recent fundraiser.

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 11:39 AM, 10.25.2011

Mom's advice leads to political career

Born and raised in University Heights, Kevin Patrick Murphy did not always envision a life of public service for himself. But as the old saying goes, “Mother knows best.”

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 1:53 PM, 10.25.2011

Daniel Hanna: One of Cleveland's own

From grade school to college to his career with the Cleveland Indians, and now his run for University Heights City Council, Dan Hanna has been a part of Cleveland for his entire life. 

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 1:54 PM, 10.25.2011

Bennett seeks to return to University Heights council

Steven Bennett is a candidate for University Heights City Council again after a two-year absence.  He served on council for more than 10 years prior to running for mayor in 2009 – a race he lost to the current mayor, Susan Infeld.   

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 1:55 PM, 10.25.2011

Cozzens kickstarts campaign at John Carroll University forum

Thomas Cozzens walked into the room with an air of confidence that struck both college students and members of the University Heights community who showed up early for the City Council Candidates Forum at John Carroll University on Oct. 4.

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 1:59 PM, 10.25.2011

Senior lecture series at UH Library

A speaker series for seniors continues on Thursdays at the University Heights Library. The following topics have been announced for fall. All talks begin at 2 p.m.

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 4:17 PM, 10.07.2011

Plunks, planks and Otto Von Bismarck

Will you plunk on Election Day? The instruction on the election ballot will read “For Member of Council-at-Large (Vote for not more than four).” Not more than four? That means you have options—you may vote for none, one, two, three or four candidates.

The bullet tactical-voting strategy, or “plunking,” as University Heights politicians call it, is when a voter casts a ballot for just one candidate, despite having the option to vote for more than one. By plunking, a voter helps his or her preferred candidate while withholding votes from potential rivals.

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 9:22 AM, 10.04.2011

University Heights City Council meeting highlights [9-6-11]

SEPTEMBER 6, 2011

  • Dog attack
  • McDonald’s
  • 9/11 Commemoration
  • John Carroll University 125th anniversary
  • PBS documentary
  • New police chief
  • Police and fire fighter contracts
  • John Carroll University’s stadium
  • Special assessment for 2012
  • Assessments levied
  • Assessment for nuisance removal
  • Police technology support
  • Tree Improvement Fund
  • Bank depositories
  • Tax levies
  • Solid waste transfer and disposal

Council member Frank Consolo was absent.

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 5:25 PM, 09.25.2011

University Heights sponsors free concert series

University Heights is sponsoring a series of free concerts in this summer. Performances are on Thursdays on the lawn of Wiley Middle School at 2181 Miramar Boulevard. July concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

July 7 Blue Lunch Band & Family Fun Night (jazz and blues; plus activities for kids and parents to enjoy together)

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Volume 4, Issue 8, Posted 1:23 PM, 07.06.2011

Council meeting deemed a step in the right direction for JCU and UH residents

At a council meeting on June 20, students and faculty of John Carroll University requested that the University Heights City Council change the use conditions for Shula Stadium. JCU asked the council to allow the football field to be used more regularly for varsity, club, and intramural athletics, and to allow local schools to use this facility.

The current use conditions, which JCU agreed to in 2002, allow for one night football game per year and prohibit the use of stadium lights and speaker systems after 9 p.m. JCU asked permission from council to allow stadium lights to remain on until 11 p.m., to allow for more varsity and club practice times, intramural games, and the sharing of the facilities with local schools.

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 10:42 AM, 06.28.2011

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 6-6-11

JUNE 6, 2011

  • Veterans’ names
  • Community gardens
  • Pool passes
  • Continental Cup
  • Top if Off Pizza.
  • High school football at JCU
  • Fire department services
  • Human resources manager
  • PayPal
  • Public records official
  • License bureau
  • Gas and water lines
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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 10:39 PM, 06.30.2011

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 4-18-11

APRIL 18, 2011

  • Sunshine law training
  • Piggyback tax
  • McDonald’s traffic study.
  • Vital statistics for the city
  • Business revolving loan program
  • Rain garden
  • Bond notes
  • Funds to pension funds
  • Yard waste pickup
  • Housing inspections
  • “Make a Difference Day”
  • Reaching Heights concert
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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 9:35 AM, 05.16.2011

University Heights City Council meeting highlights [5-2-11]

MAY 2, 2011

  • Pool passes
  • Cedar/Taylor merchants
  • Business Expo 2011
  • Police retirees honored
  • McDonald’s development plans
  • Votes delayed due to lack of quorum
  • Resurfacing program
  • Emergency operations plan
  • Pumper truck
  • Yard waste
  • Increase in fees
  • Pool and slide
  • Intersections narrowed
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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 1:02 PM, 06.02.2011

Inches, pounds and comfort food

It’s June, early in the month. Snow jackets and flannel bed sheets are put away. Summer clothes take their happy posts at the front of the closet. It is time to face the music—bathing suits come out of hiding.

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 1:06 PM, 06.01.2011

University Heights Council meeting highlights [4-4-11]

APRIL 4, 2011

  • Senior transportation
  • City newsletter
  • Late hours at city hall
  • Pool passes
  • Resident surveys
  • Yard clean-up.
  • South Taylor community garden
  • Gesu basketball champions
  • Bushnell Road/Northwood Road project
  • Dysart, Glendon, and Traymore roads
  • Reassigning bandwidths
  • Tree planting
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Volume 4, Issue 5, Posted 11:06 AM, 04.22.2011

University Heights City Council meeting highlights [3-21-11]

MARCH 21, 2011

  • April is spring-cleaning month
  • Gesu 8th Grade Boys’ Basketball team
  • Sweepstake Terminal Cafes moratorium
  • 2011 budget
  • Council supports HB114 amendment
  • Refuse truck repairs
  • Pool chlorine purchase
  • Council planning session
  • Fireworks 
  • Garbage study
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Volume 4, Issue 5, Posted 1:53 PM, 04.11.2011

UH Senior Gatherings for May 2011

Senior Gatherings continue on Thursdays at the University Heights Library. The following topics have been announced for May:

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Volume 4, Issue 5, Posted 11:07 AM, 05.03.2011

Who doesn't love a parade?

Imagine you’re in a time machine and Cecil B. DeMille is shooting a new epic film. It takes place in small-town Americana and it’s the story of a Memorial Day Parade. Advance promotions are calling it an extravaganza in four parts: Parade, Veterans Honor Ceremony, S. Belvoir Street Fair and The Famous Hot Dog Stand.

You guessed it. University Heights is the small town. The parade is the 45th University Heights Memorial Day Parade. It has drama and lots of action. Parts are heartwarming and others are breathtaking. There is even some romance and heartbreak. Some folks would add "thrilling" to describe the time-honored tradition of politicians marching in Memorial Day parades.

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Volume 4, Issue 5, Posted 11:15 AM, 05.03.2011