FEBRUARY 22, 2011
- Closing of trauma center
- Merchants association
- City services survey
- Black History celebration
- Payments owed the Port Authority
- Leadership Effectiveness Retreat
- Sidewalk cleaning
FEBRUARY 22, 2011
MARCH 7, 2011
As part of a new policy, the University Heights Fire Department is giving away free state-of-the-art smoke detectors at the fire house 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All University Heights residents can pick up detectors at the station, which is next to City Hall, on Silsby Road at Warrensville Center Road.
Senior Gatherings continue on Thursdays at the University Heights Library. The following topics have been announced for April:
Being lost is not always a bad thing. My mother was an intrepid global traveler. To her, getting lost meant adventures along the way. Along comes GPS. The only problem with a GPS system is you need a destination. Without one, it may as well be a baloney sandwich.
JANUARY 18, 2011
FEBRUARY 7, 2011
Councilman Kevin Patrick Murphy was excused.
It is a puzzle. It appears that a new slogan may be added to the legislative lexicon when it comes to describing the decision-making process of the University Heights City Council: Death by Delay.
Most issues that come before this legislative body are routine; but some are not. The old adage—“Salesmanship begins when the customer says no”—is also true for legislators. Their ability, inclination and statesmanship are revealed when issues have voters supporting opposite outcomes.
Complex issues before council in 2008 are still with us in 2011.
As part of a new policy, the Fire Station is giving away free state-of-the-art smoke detectors at the Fire House 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All University Heights residents can pick up detectors at the station, which is on Silsby Road, next to City Hall at Warrensville Center Road.
Some people have been shy about having the Fire Prevention Department come into their homes to install the devices. But the new policy is designed to make sure there are no reasons left not to have them. Mayor Susan Infeld, Fire Chief John Pitchler and Fire Prevention Captain Steve Ineman want every house and apartment to have these life-saving detectors.
March 3 @ 2:00 p.m. - Dr. Oz says, “improve health, reduce stress, stay young,” with Tai Chi by certified instructor Linda Sylte of University Heights.
March 10 @ 2:00 p.m. - Sunny Simon, vice president, newly formed Cuyahoga County Council, its mission and objectives for development.
It’s January and it’s snowing. How do you know if the snow parking ban is in effect in University Heights? Our city has a dedicated snow parking ban telephone line. Call 216-932-5900 any time of day or night to find out. If it is, you must remove your vehicle from University Heights streets or you may be ticketed and towed.
Some childhood memories are like the cozy blanket and cup of hot chocolate that make us feel comfy on chilly, dull grey winter afternoons. I discovered that saying three small words, “Memorial Day Parade,” to University Heights neighbors brings smiles to their faces. You can just see their minds beating a path to the treasure chest of memories of past parades.
JANUARY 4, 2011
DECEMBER 20, 2010
My first year as mayor was a busy one. I reduced City Hall staffing by six percent; reassigned employees to create workflow efficiencies; appointed a part-time manager of senior services; appointed a full-time finance director; updated the website and joined Facebook; established late-night hours on Wednesdays during summer; cut the cost to produce the community newsletter; cut costs for towels, linens, cleaning and office supplies, and phone services; produced a new service department policy booklet; eliminated erroneous billing from the Illuminating Company; and established appropriate fund accounting for the city’s books. There was also the cleanup of financial issues from 2008-2009.
Snow is flying, but think summer. Marching bands, hot dogs, flags, and the University Heights Memorial Day Parade will kick off the summer of 2011. The parade committee is now forming and wants you to join.
DECEMBER 6, 2010
University Heights has uncovered nearly $2.5 million dollars in financial "irregularities" starting in 2008. This is not the final total. The city may still face additional charges until all payment agreements are finalized. These irregularities, mismanagement and negligence amount to more than $240 for each registered voter in University Heights.
NOVEMBER 15, 2010
Residents of Tyndall Road in University Heights have been gathering together to celebrate their holidays in mid-December for about 32 years. It is a tradition kept alive by always including the newest neighbors on the street.
This year was special. The newest neighbors own only the land, so far. Their home will be the newest house in University Heights when construction begins this spring.
NOVEMBER 1, 2010
OCTOBER 18, 2010
New volunteers signed up for the University Heights Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) at the Nov. 3 meeting in University Heights City Hall. Mayor Susan Infeld expressed her appreciation to the current CERT volunteers and new members for the support they give to their city.
Am I the only one, or have you also seen a large increase in the number of COWs in University Heights? More than 20 have been spotted so far this year. No, these are not the barnyard variety. These are a certain kind of legislative meeting. COW is the acronym used by city council on its e-mail notices to refer to Committee-of-the-Whole meetings.
The University Heights Civilian Emergency Response Team (CERT) was among the first in Cuyahoga County to organize, following the events of September 11, 2001. FEMA created a uniform nationwide emergency response structure intended to respond to natural or manmade disasters.
For 28 years I took you for granted. I never gave a thought to any of your city services. The only time I went to city hall was to pay for a special pick-up. Career, interests and far-flung family was my focus. The frequent flyer miles just kept adding up. I knew more about the layout of Hopkins Airport than the streets of University Heights.
OCTOBER 4, 2010
SEPTEMBER 20, 2010
All council members were present.
Donna, the camper across the way, was curious. She came over and invited us to join her clan for dinner when, at dinnertime, she saw that I was still trying to start my campfire. In fact, I had just started burning my little twigs, but all the wood was damp from earlier rains and I had not brought lighter fluid, as Donna had. She saw my effort and said "That will never start! You don't have enough wood on it." She then proceeded to take the pieces of bark I had segregated and dump them on my twigs, completely killing off my little fire. Thanks Donna.
SEPTEMBER 7, 2010
SPECIAL MEETING – AUGUST 23, 2010
The annual City Beautiful Commission awards ceremony will be held in University Heights City Hall, Council Chambers on Tuesday, Oct. 12, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. A total of 24 homes were selected by the commission this year for recognition in the 2010 Beautiful Home Awards.
Each year, nearly 3,000 people in the United States die in home fires. Over half of these deaths occurred in homes with no, or nonworking, smoke alarms. These are the grim statistics from the National Fire Protection Association.
Do you have a smoke detector in your home? Is it in good working condition?
If senior adult residents of University Heights want to keep the services they have come to expect from our city, they need to pay attention to what some councilmen are saying.
On July 26, several members of council proposed to create the new position of economic development director. The position would add up to $80,000 plus benefits to the city's payroll each year, taking a significant bite out of the city's tax revenues.
JUNE 21, 2010
All council members were present.
When I moved to University Heights 29 years ago, the bowling alley at Cedar Center was where we spent time with friends and relatives, met new people and had a lot of fun.
Everyone agrees, the neglected and rundown commercial space on Warrensville Center Road needs to be spruced up, rented or replaced. But neighbors are not pleased with McDonald’s moving in.
Everyone agrees, the neglected and rundown business space on Warrensville Center Road needs to be replaced. But some neighbors are not pleased with McDonald’s moving in.
On July 1, University Heights Planning Commission recommended to City Council to approve the McDonald’s project. Citizens Opposed to McDonald’s met on June 15 to discuss their rights as property owners in the neighborhood around the proposed site and attended the July 1 meeting.
JUNE 7, 2010
May 17, 2010
Council member Susan Pardee was excused.
It may be time for council to authorize a comprehensive zoning study in this, the most densely populated city in the area.
Since its inception, the University Heights zoning code is a patchwork in progress. Patchworks are just that, a mix of odds and ends with no consistency, cohesiveness or strength because so many stitches are needed to hold it together. That may be fine for a blanket, but not for our city.
University Heights resident and Democrat, Phil Robinson, is running for the Cuyahoga County Council seat in District 11. The district includes Beachwood, Euclid, Lyndhurst, Richmond Heights, South Euclid and University Heights. The primary election is Sept. 7.
“For our region to continue growing, we need a government that can operate in the 21st century,” said Robinson. “My experiences working in the public, private and nonprofit sectors give me a unique perspective on how to modernize our government to meet the challenges of the future.”
Homeowners' increasing investment in repairs and remodeling is considered a leading indicator, one that predicts the future, of an improving economy. By any measure, University Heights homeowners are investing in their homes.
On June 21, Building Commissioner David Menn reported a 20 percent increase in permit applications as compared to the same period in 2009. Menn also reported a 100 percent increase in contractor registrations for the same period.
Don’t wait! The City of Beautiful Homes is seeking nominations for its 2010 awards. Do you or a neighbor have a beautiful garden, back yard or home you are proud of? Don’t keep it a secret, share it with us. Nominate your own or a neighbor’s property for one or more of the 2010 Beautiful Home awards.
McDonald’s on Warrensville Center Road
Saybrook rain garden
Ashurst road meeting
2010 yard nuisance abatement program
Flushing of hydrants
Registration of vacant and foreclosed homes
Councilman Steven Bullock was absent.
What is the plan for University Heights 5, 10 or 15 years from now? We know we will have to replace garbage and fire trucks, repave streets and repair water lines. Do we have a plan? Have we decided the priorities? Do we know how this plan for the future will be financed over the next 5, 10 or 15 years?
“University Heights is going to have the biggest and best Memorial Day parade ever this year,” promises Mayor Susan Infeld.
The committee met on April 13 and announced this year’s theme—Remembering Those Who Serve. “It honors those in the military, and also our safety forces and volunteers who serve the community,” said Parade Committee Chairperson Eileen Smotzer.
MARCH 15, 2010
· “Sensible salting”
MARCH 23, 2010
APRIL 5, 2010
A school has been located at 2301 Fenwick Road for as long as anyone can remember. Many attended Northwood Elementary School. When its doors closed, Fuchs Mizrachi School opened.
This summer, Fuchs Mizrachi is moving to Beachwood. Rabbi Pinchos Hecht, head of school, gave this interview on April 19.
University Heights residents with an eye for beauty find the perfect opportunity to volunteer in City Beautiful Commission projects. The commission held its first meeting on April 20 at City Hall.
Commission Chair, Steven D. Bennett had a full agenda for the resident volunteers. A new activity for the commission will be to work with the Service Department to advise and plant flowers in strategic public locations in University Heights.
MARCH 15, 2010
All council members present.
Resident Deborah Newman asked council to continue clearing sidewalks rather than increase the salting of streets, as another resident, Harvey Morrison of White Road, had proposed at the previous meeting. She was concerned for the public’s safety as they use the sidewalks throughout the winter.
Wiley Challenge Choir
In recognition of Black History Month, the Wiley Challenge Choir, under the direction of Glenn Brakens, sang. Representative Marcia Fudge has invited the choir to sing in Washington D.C. To do so, the choir will hold various fundraising activities in the near future.
All council members were present.
Due to illness, Nancy E. English was unable to attend last week’s meeting where council members were sworn in. Council voted to reappoint English as clerk of council and she was sworn in.
Where is city council taking our town, UH residents wondered after sitting in a packed council chamber to watch a 47-slide presentation by the Northeast Ohio Sourcing Office on Jan. 19. The slide show recommended that the city privatize, outsource or collaborate with other cities for most of the services it provides, including fire department, garbage pick-up, snow/leaf removal, housing inspection and many others.
The Exceptions Analysis made recommendations about how the city could save money by outsourcing services and collaborating more with other municipalities.