University Heights

University Heights considers outsourcing, follow up meeting on Feb. 4

University Heights residents packed city council chambers on Jan. 19 to hear how the city could save money by outsourcing services and collaborating more with other municipalities.

The recommendations for outsourcing were extensive: fire & rescue, garbage pickup, snow removal, leaf pickup, street salting, payroll, housing inspection, jail facilities, police investigations, human resources, information technology, training-planning-management and purchasing.

These recommendations were part of a $25,000 study, which the city contracted for last January with David Akers, founder of Northeast Ohio Sourcing Office. Ebie Holst, a principal of Strategic Gear, partnered with Akers to conduct the study.

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 7:19 AM, 01.21.2010

University Heights City Council–meeting highlights

Mayor Rothschild’s final meeting

Mayor Rothschild reminisced about her 32 years as mayor of University Heights. She urged the incoming mayor and council to address issues that are still undone and for John Carroll University to see itself as part of the larger community.

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 12:56 PM, 01.19.2010

Council’s plans for University Heights

Last November, University Heights residents, in large numbers, became actively engaged in the political process during a heated mayoral race and in reaction to proposed changes to the city charter. Residents elected the first new mayor in 32 years and voted "no" on ballot issues that would have made a city administer the CEO of the city.

Last month we asked Mayor Infeld about her plans for the city. This month we talked with members of City Council about their plans for University Heights.
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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 7:40 AM, 01.21.2010

$400 billion in federal funds at stake

You pay taxes and about $400 billion of our tax money is put in a pot to be given back to communities. But, if you want a piece of that $400-billion pie in federal funds, you’ll have to complete and return the 2010 census report. Otherwise, your tax dollars will go to communities that do respond, maybe in Alaska.

“Yikes!” you say, “what do I have to do to get my tax money back here?” 

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 10:51 AM, 01.20.2010

University Heights City Council --meeting highlights

NOVEMBER 16, 2009

All council members present.

Disposition of property

Sheila Hubman asked the present council [the newly elected council will be installed in January] to resolve the disposition of the property at 2603 Ashurst Road. Although the house had been demolished and the property cleaned, Mayor Beryl Rothschild doubted there would be a decision whether to sell the lot or use it as public space before January. Hubman also asked for the efficiency report to be reviewed by the current council. The report, compiled by David Akers of the Northeast Ohio Sourcing Office, had been delayed awaiting the outcome of the election and the voters’ decision regarding the city administrator position. It has since been delayed due to scheduling conflicts. Several council members expressed the desire to see a copy of the report if the presentation must be delayed.

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 10:19 PM, 12.15.2009

UH's new mayor offers ambitious six-month plan

An interview with University Heights Mayor-elect Susan Infeld on Dec. 15, 2009.

It's been 32 years since someone has been in your position -starting at the job of mayor of University Heights. What would you like to achieve during the first six months of your administration?

First, I want to realign the citizen advisory committees to study areas of interest to residents. I plan to reinstitute the Communication and Development Commission that has been dormant, in order to study ways the city delivers communication to the residents. A new Green Space Development and Sustainability committee is also on my list. It will make recommendations on public spaces and how best to use the land/spaces we currently have or may become available to the city.

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 10:06 AM, 12.21.2009

Voters keep watch on UH Council

University Heights residents have continued the trend of the past several months to attend CIty Council meetings in greater numbers, addressing the Council in the first 15 minutes –the open-comments portion of each session.

At the Dec. 7 meeting, one resident requested that the city resume salting side streets. This was suspended last year due to a salt shortage. This year, the issue is how much salt the city can afford to purchase – which will be considered when the 2010 budget is evaluated.

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 12:09 PM, 12.15.2009

UH's Rothschild reflects on a lifetime of service

After Dec. 31, Beryl Rothschild's last day as mayor of University Heights, she's going to begin working on her first book.

“I haven’t started it, but I have many things to convey to readers,” she says.

Rothschild’s 42-year legacy of public service to University Heights –10 years on City Council and 32 as mayor (making her Cuyahoga County's longest-serving female mayor)– will undoubtedly take reams of paper to record. One idea she wants to discuss is her admiration for the thousands of local governments across the United States that manage thriving small towns and cities.

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Volume 2, Issue 12, Posted 4:06 PM, 11.19.2009

Vice Mayor Adele Zucker retires

After nine years as Vice Mayor for University Heights, Adele Zucker will leave office this month. Her contributions include keeping a close eye on neighborhood services, and never having to cut staff, something she attributes to frugal management by the mayor and previous councils.

Looking back, Zucker says she is proud of her accomplishments. “To be reelected six times, I think that says I served the residents well. Because of  

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Volume 2, Issue 12, Posted 10:20 AM, 11.17.2009

University Heights City Council Meeting highlights

Plans for Gesu church

An architect from Milan Bender & Associates presented preliminary plans for renovations and additions for the Gesu parish center and church. The initial proposal was approved.

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Volume 2, Issue 12, Posted 11:48 AM, 11.19.2009

University Heights CERT organizes flu shot program

The University Heights Emergency Response Team (CERT) once again organized the influenza immunization program for University Heights residents on Nov. 15 at Wiley Middle School. 

CERT uses this opportunity to reinforce training procedures for its resident volunteers in basic response skills to possible disasters. The flu vaccination clinic used the national CERT protocol as a drill to insure its team is prepared. University Height Emergency Response Organization, under Fire Chief John Pitchler, performed flawlessly. 

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Volume 2, Issue 12, Posted 7:56 AM, 11.16.2009

Hugging trees at Arbor Day celebration

University Heights celebrated Arbor Day on Nov. 6 by having a community tree planting on Vernon Road. The celebration included a speech by Mayor Beryl Rothschild, who had given the very first Arbor Day speech when the city first began observing the day.

At this year’s celebration, children from Wiley Middle and Gearity Elementary schools read poetry, helped plant the trees and later joined in a group tree hug. Walter Stinson, the city’s community coordinator, led the group of officials, members of City Beautiful and neighborhood residents in singing "America the Beautiful."

 

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Volume 2, Issue 12, Posted 9:14 AM, 11.17.2009

University Heights honors Mayor Rothschild, Vice Mayor Zucker and others at Civic Awards Reception

Mayor Beryl E. Rothschild was honored recently for her 42 years of dedicated and distinguished service along with Vice Mayor Adele Zucker and other residents at the 50th annual University Heights Civic Awards reception. The awards were announced on Thursday, October 22 in the Lombardo Student Center at John Carroll University.

The mayor and other University Heights residents presented with the recognition awards include:

2009 Citizen of the Year Award and Special Community Tribute on Retirement

Mayor Beryl E. Rothschild, for 42 years of dedicated and distinguished service to the City of University Heights, ten as member of City Council, 32 during the eventful years 1978-2009 as Mayor.

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Volume 2, Issue 12, Posted 7:53 PM, 11.08.2009

University Heights City Council meeting highlights

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2009

Council member Steven D. Bullock excused.

Removal of debris

Linda Johnson of Ashurst Road asked for the city’s plan to remove debris after the planned demolition of a house in her neighborhood, and for notification to neighbors as to when the demolition is scheduled to occur. Although such notification is not normally done, the council agreed to honor her request. Johnson also advocated the development of an ongoing way of engaging residents in neighborhood revitalization.

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 12:19 PM, 10.20.2009

Steven Bennett candidate for University Heights Mayor

Biographical Information

I am a 25 year resident of University Heights.

What are the qualities of University Heights and what would you do to sustain them?

University Heights is both small town Americana and college town within a large city environment.  Small town Americana is evident through the Memorial Day Parade or a quiet evening walk around the block. College town is evident by JCU campus architecture, the flurry of student activity within the interior campus green space and classrooms, the excitement on athletic fields. As mayor, I will strive to sustain this quality environment through frugal management of city operations to include seeking collaboration with other cities when and where it makes sense to do so. I will also strive to maintain an open ongoing relationship between residents and the University by establishing a citizen’s advisory committee to work with the Council’s University Affairs Committee. As president of the Northeast Ohio City Council Association and a long time executive board member, I have the experience working with elected officials from all over Cuyahoga County and beyond.  As a councilman I supported collaborations with other cities from a consolidated fire and squad dispatch to expansion of City recreation program offerings through payment of the difference between non-resident fees and resident. I also actively worked on solutions to neighborhood stability and University expansion needs successfully.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 9:55 AM, 09.30.2009

Frank Consolo candidate for University Heights Mayor

Biographical information

What neighborhood or area of the city do you live in? Belvoir Boulevard.

How long have you lived in University Heights? What brought you here?

I have lived in University Heights since 1990 and chose to live here because of the neighborhoods, proximity to downtown Cleveland and University Circle, and Gesu Parish.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 10:40 AM, 09.23.2009

Rick Adante candidate for University Heights City Council

Biographical information

What neighborhood or area of the city do you live in?

University Heights, North side West of Warrensville.

How long have you lived in University Heights? What brought you here?

Year and a half. My company opened a new office in Beachwood and I volunteered to move my family and manage the operations of the new office. We chose University Heights because of the homes, small / friendly community, and convenience of location to everything we needed as a family.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 1:54 PM, 09.21.2009

Peter Bernardo candidate for University Heights City Council

Biographical information

What neighborhood or area of the city do you live in?

2332 South Belvoir Blvd, University Heights, Ohio 44118 

How long have you lived in University Heights? What brought you here?

I have lived in University Hts for 19 years.  I retired here from the Army.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 1:31 PM, 09.23.2009

Susan Infeld candidate for University Heights Mayor

Biographical information

What neighborhood or area of the city do you live in? Fairmount Circle

How long have you lived in University Heights? What brought you here?

I have lived in the CH-UH area for 23 years. My husband and I moved here from Chicago with our newborn daughter so that he could do advanced medical training at University Hospitals. We rented a house in CH for 3 years (Denison Park neighborhood) before buying our home on Tyndall Road in University Heights 20 years ago.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 1:59 PM, 09.22.2009

Phil Ertel candidate for University Heights City Council

Biographical information

What neighborhood or area of the city do you live in? 

I live at 2296 Miramar Blvd., 17 houses from JCU.

How long have you lived in Cleveland Heights? What brought you here?

I’ve lived in University Heights 51 years – all my life. I am part of a 4th generation University Heights family. I’ve stayed here because it’s a great place to raise a family and make lifelong friends.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 11:55 AM, 09.25.2009

Frankie Goldberg candidate for University Heights City Council

Biographical Information

What neighborhood or area of the city do you live in? 4325 Churchill Blvd.

How long have you lived in University Heights? What brought you here?

20 years. I grew up in University Heights and Beachwood, Ohio

Tell us about yourself

Married to David for 20 years, 4 children, attended Ohio State University, B.A.; Cleveland Marshall College of Law, J.D. Present Occupation: Director of Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children (Ohio ICAC), Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Cuyahoga County

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 12:38 PM, 09.23.2009

Anita Kazarian candidate for University Heights City Council

Neighborhood: University Heights 

Has lived in the Heights for 27 years.

Do you support the proposed changes to the University Heights Charter as approved by University Heights City Council? 

I am perplexed about Council’s support of this plan. A case for change has not been made to justify this change in our City’s form of government. The adoption of this plan will result in a larger, bureaucratic and a more expensive government the taxpayers will have to support.
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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 2:17 PM, 09.22.2009

Susan Pardee candidate for University Heights City Council

Biographical information

What neighborhood or area of the city do you live in?

I live on Charney Rd. near Edgerton, around the corner from Fuchs Mizrachi (the old Northwood Elementary School).

How long have you lived in University Heights? What brought you here?

23 years in University Heights. My husband’s job at KeyBank (then Society National Bank) brought us to Cleveland. We rented for six years in Cleveland Heights and bought our house in University Heights.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 11:57 AM, 09.25.2009

Phil Robinson candidate for University Heights City Council

Biographical Information

What neighborhood or area of the city do you live in?

My wife, Elizabeth, and I live on Traymore Road, between Claridge Oval and Meadowbrook.

How long have you lived in University Heights? What brought you here?

I recall driving around this city as a teenager and thinking it would be "a great place to call home." When Elizabeth and I moved back to Northeast Ohio, University Heights was the first place we wanted to move to and we've been happy ever since. We have lived in University Heights for a little over two years. I am running for City Council to help make our city the first place young professionals and their families call home.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 1:29 PM, 09.23.2009

Candidates for University Heights City Council

Ten candidates are running for three slots on University Heights City Council. The position is a four-year term and pays a salary of $8,100 annually.

The candidates are:

Rick Adante

Peter R. Bernardo (incumbent)

Darren W. Carter

Philip Ertel

Frankie Goldberg (incumbent)

Anita Kazarian

Susan D. Pardee

Charles Perkel

Nathaniel Pope

Phil Robinson

FutureHeights and the Heights Observer asked the candidates to respond to a questionniare. Follow the links above to read their answers and find out more information.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 11:52 AM, 10.08.2009

UH charter reform will top election news; so what's at the heart of the issue?

This year's election will bring big change to University Heights.

Not only will UH residents elect a new mayor for the first time in 32 years, they also will decide whether to change the structure of their government by amending the city charter to create the position of city administrator.

The UH Charter Review Commission recommended the addition of a city administrator—one that comes with a salary of about $100,000—and the proposed amendment has sparked controversy among residents and politicians.

Both sides of the issue make strong arguments. Here they are:

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 11:22 AM, 08.24.2009

Band concerts are a tradition in University Heights

Summers in University Heights come complete with Band Concerts at Wiley Middle School on summer evenings. This summer is no exception. People get to hear different bands, meet neighbors and friends and make new ones. Children get to play on a beautiful expanse of lawn, fall asleep on blankets or in strollers and store new childhood memories.

The July 9 concert was extra special with special events for families including games and toys. And what an intermission! Klondike Ice Creams bars for all.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 10:30 AM, 07.26.2009

South Euclid Cedar Center project finally moving toward Phase I construction

For some time now the South Euclid side of the Cedar Center redevelopment has shown little progress. However, a development agreement with construction company Coral Co. is slated for a vote this month by South Euclid City Council. Approval would likely allow construction to proceed.

Cleanup of harmful substances and other demolition waste was the first priority in this project because not only will retail be built there, but housing as well. The EPA is working with the city in the clean-up of remaining contaminants.

The project will be built in multiple phases. The first phase will be comprised of about 40,000 square feet of retail and restaurants, Coral Co. President Peter Rubin said.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 11:05 AM, 07.22.2009

University Heights City Council - meeting highlights

MONDAY JUNE 15, 2009

All council members present.

Ordinance on cats

Elisabeth Englehart of 2328 Glendon Road asked council to publicize the University Heights’ ordinance requiring that all cats must be kept within their owner’s property. She has a certified wildlife refuge in her back yard and cats have been coming into her yard and killing the wild animals (birds, rabbits). Law Director Ken Fisher explained that she should go to the Building Commissioner or the Animal Control Officer for assistance.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 10:06 AM, 07.20.2009

Collaboration and resouce sharing: great idea. Merging cities: enough already

On Wednesday, June 17, the League of Women Voters, Cuyahoga Area, Heights Chapter; FutureHeights; and the CH-UH Public Library presented a public forum about inter-city cooperation entitled “Does sharing help?”

South Euclid Mayor Georgine Wilo, University Heights Councilman Kevin Patrick Murphy and Cleveland Heights Councilman Mark Tumeo spoke to residents and other listeners and answered their questions.

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 2:03 PM, 06.19.2009

University Heights City Council meeting highlights

MONDAY MAY 18, 2009

Peter R. Bernardo excused.

*League of Women Voters publication

League observer Maryann Barnes presented a publication prepared by the League of Women Voters Cuyahoga area as an update of a decade old county government brochure. The new publication, entitled Citizens Guide to Cuyahoga County, Past, Present, Future, summarizes the history of changes to and critiques of the current county government structure.

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 11:54 AM, 06.27.2009

University Heights financial adviser put on leave pending investigation

University Heights City Council voted to put the city’s financial advisor, Arman R. Ochoa, on unpaid administrative leave on June 2, pending an investigation into the possible misappropriation of public funds.

The special prosecutor for the case, Johnathan Greenberg, said he could not offer details because his office is still in the process of gathering information. Greenberg expects to complete the investigation in a “few weeks.”
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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 4:41 PM, 06.16.2009

University Heights City Council meeting highlights

Monday, APRIL 20, 2009

Councilman Steven Sims excused.

Charter review concerns

Rick Adante, a member of Concerned Citizens for University Heights who has attended the charter review meetings, challenged the need and cost of the proposed city administrator. Councilman Frank Consolo responded that he felt a skilled administration shouldn’t be left to electoral chance. He wanted the change to be made in the charter, rather than through an ordinance, so that the mayor wouldn’t have sole control over the administrator. The cost would be lower than a comparable position in Shaker Heights or Cleveland Heights because University Heights is smaller. Councilman Frankie Goldberg also responded and noted that it had been 30 years since the last charter review and that Mayor Rothschild would be stepping down this year.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 10:05 PM, 05.19.2009

UH requires permits to keep residents safe

Painting the exterior of your house?  Adding exterior lights? Planting a Victory Garden? You can do all this without a permit from the building department.  But, if you want to put in a new driveway, replace the hot water tank, or upgrade the electrical service so you can run a hairdryer and the toaster at the same time, then you need a permit.

In order to understand about this permit stuff, I went to the UH Division of Building and asked Building Commissioner David S. Menn, “Why?”
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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 1:55 PM, 04.13.2009

UH Charter Review Commission chair says it's all over until November

University Heights residents packed Wiley Middle School on May 19 at a public hearing to comment and ask questions about the draft charter revision, which would reduce the role of mayor in UH government. The Charter Review Commission voted 10-to-1 in favor of the draft.

For some members of the commission, the evening seemed to be a formality required by Council. “I didn’t hear concrete suggestions for changing the document we slaved over,” said Harvey Morrison, who chaired the CRC. When asked if he would consider any further revisions to the draft based on the comments he had heard at the meeting, he said, “Probably not…. It’s an up or down vote.”

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 2:25 PM, 05.27.2009

UH City Council candidate Rick Adante announces Web site

The Campaign Committee, Rick Adante for UH Council 09, has just released its campaign Web site www.RickAdanteforCouncil.com. The new Web site will provide more information about Rick Adante's vision for University Heights' future as well as provide an opportunity for residents to contact him to discuss issues that concern them. The campaign hopes residents will take the time to view the site and get to know the candidate.
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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 6:09 PM, 05.31.2009

Government collaboration unlikely this time around

University Heights Councilman Kevin Murphy’s attempt to get in on $300,000 in grant money for municipal collaboration was probably too little too late. But municipal leaders who showed up at a town hall-style meeting April 30 gave him credit for starting an important conversation.

Murphy called the public meeting, inviting officials from University Heights, Cleveland Heights,  South Euclid, Shaker Heights, Beachwood and Lyndhurst. His goal was to get buy-in from at least two cities for a 250-word abstract that he submitted to the EfficientGovNow program.

That program, according to Laura Scharf, its hired spokesperson, will provide a total of $300,000 for up to three projects that demonstrate collaboration between governments, delivering cost savings and increased competitiveness.

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 12:38 PM, 05.01.2009

Fall election brings big decisions for UH voters

University Heights voters will make some big decisions in the November election: They will choose new city council members, choose a new mayor for the first time in more than 30 years, and vote on changes to their city’s charter.

Three city council seats are up for election. Vice Mayor Adele Zucker has served three consecutive four-year terms and, because of term limits for all elected officials that took effect in 1996, cannot run in the fall. Councilman Peter Bernardo was appointed Dec. 4, 2007 to take the place of R. Patrick Kelley. He ran for office in 2008, as required, for the remainder of Kelley’s unexpired term and must now run again. Councilwoman Frankie Goldberg is also up for re-election this fall. This will be her third term.

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 4:22 PM, 04.27.2009

University Heights residents: Are your Charter Review Commission questions getting answered?

On April 13 Concerned Citizens for University Heights convened a community dialogue to discuss and voice concerns about the city’s Charter Review Commission. Following that meeting, I presented an outline of the concerns expressed by the community to the Charter Review Commission.

University Heights residents are concerned with the reasons for a revised government structure. To date, the commission has focused on proposed changes to our government, while failing to explain why these changes are needed. Why rush changes to our government to the ballot this year? What is the dire predicament that has resulted in the proposed charter amendments?

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 12:01 PM, 04.23.2009

University Heights City Council meeting highlights for March and April

Monday, March 16, 2009

All council members present

*Charter Review Commission

Resident Kate Uhlir asked for a response to the request for an open meeting to discuss the findings of the Charter Review Commission. Council members Bernardo and Murphy stated the CRC was not ready to present their proposals, but they planned to hold multiple public meetings once the review of the city’s charter is done.
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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 3:31 PM, 04.21.2009

UH councilman hosts collaboration meeting

University Heights Councilman Kevin Patrick Murphy has invited his colleagues from Beachwood, Cleveland Heights, Lyndhusrt, Shaker Heights, South Euclid and University Heights to an informal gathering to discuss potential collaborative efforts between the cities. The meeting will be held on Thursday, April 30 at 7 p.m. in the Dolan Auditorium at John Carroll University.
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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 3:00 PM, 04.20.2009

Q&A: Mayor Rothschild states case on proposed UH Charter changes

Interview with Mayor Beryl Rothschild on February 23, 2009 

Anita Kazarian: How does the current UH government work?

Beryl Rothschild: City Council enacts the laws and the mayor is the administrator of the laws. It is patterned after the Federal System outlined in the United States Constitution. The mayor answers to the voters and may be voted out of office every four years if the voters are not satisfied.

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 12:07 PM, 02.24.2009

University Heights City Council - Highlights of February/March meetings

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2009

All council members present.

*Black History Month

Council Member Steven Sims spoke briefly about the ongoing importance of Black History Month, noting that although the election of President Obama indicates our growth as a people, we need to continue Black History Month until schools are ready to teach all history as a whole.

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 5:18 PM, 03.24.2009

UH Charter Review Commission Chair Morrison says, "dollars are there"

Charter Review Commission Chair Harvey Morrison said, at the Feb. 24 CRC meeting that the commission is leaning toward a city administrator. The Commissioners explained there was no difference between a city manager and administrator. They are drawn from the same pool of applicants, with a salary range of about $120,000.
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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 1:29 PM, 03.11.2009

UH Mayor wants citizens to know city governance may change

University Heights Mayor Beryl Rothschild called a town hall meeting on Feb. 23 at Gearity School to alert citizens to what she says will lead to the elimination of checks and balances if the Charter Review Commission proposal for a city manager system of government replaces the current federal system.   

The mayor used the reverse 9-1-1 system and mailed letters to notify residents.  The letter’s envelope prominently displayed the words “…very real possibility of your city government being completely dismantled.” The words caught citizens’ attention and more than 200 attended. Most said they had no knowledge of the Commission. Some council and commission members attended but were not included in the mayor’s agenda.
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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 10:31 AM, 02.27.2009

University Heights City Council - Highlights of January/February meetings

January 20, 2009

Councilman Steven Bullock was excused.

Sewer work contracting

Council passed two motions: one to advertise for bids for the 2009 catch basin, inlet, and main line sewer cleaning and filming; and another to advertise for bids for contractor services for emergency sewer repairs in 2009.  The second motion would ensure that someone would be on hand if emergencies occurred during weekends or when the city’s crew was already busy.

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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 9:19 AM, 02.23.2009

University Heights City Council: Highlights of December/January meetings

MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2008

Steven Bullock, Frankie Goldberg excused.

Comments on JCU razing homes

Several people from the audience expressed concerns about John Carroll University’s plan to raze six homes to make room for another athletic field. Their concerns included a negative impact on city revenues due to lost property and income taxes and the potential reduction of surrounding property values. Responding to a resident’s question, Mayor Beryl Rothschild explained the approval procedure for razing a home.  The University submits an application, which goes to the Planning Commission or the Board of Zoning Appeals; whichever entity receives and reviews the application makes a recommendation to be presented to council for a vote. JCU has not yet submitted an application to raze the homes.

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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 12:56 PM, 01.23.2009

University Heights debates removing office of mayor

With the upcoming retirement of long time Mayor Beryl Rothschild, University Heights is debating a significant change to its political structure: shifting from a mayor to a city manager.

Voters could vote on the change, which requires amending the city charter, at the next election.

Currently the mayor holds most of the city's administrative power. If University Heights adopts a city manager structure, the city council would hold most of the power, including overseeing the city manager. 

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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 5:10 PM, 01.15.2009

Citizens honored

The city of University Heights announced the 2008 recipients of its annual civic awards at a ceremony on Nov. 6. Halle Barnett, president of the Heights-Hillcrest Regional Chamber of Commerce (HHRCC), and Michael Struck, vice president of the HHRCC, were both named 2008 Citizen of the Year.
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Volume 1, Issue 8, Posted 1:24 PM, 10.24.2008

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS/ UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS CITY COUNCIL—HIGHLIGHTS OF October 6, 2008 MEETING

MONDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2008.
All council members present.

Fence permit

A fence permit granted for a John Carroll University (JCU)-owned property at 2591 Kerwick Road led to lengthy, heated and emotional discussion. Maria Alfaro-Lopez, JCU’s general counsel, who rents her Kerwick Road home from the university, wished to erect the fence for her dog and privacy. Neighbor Michael Kirincic filed an appeal requesting repeal of the permit.
Kirincic’s neighbor, lawyer Joe Farchione, spoke at length against the permit. He accused the university of renting through a closed system, including Ms. Lopez’ property, thus negating the legality of the fence permit. He further argued that this exemplified bullying tactics JCU used to force residents to sell their property to the university. Several other neighbors also spoke against the fence and the permit process.
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Volume 1, Issue 8, Posted 11:04 AM, 10.27.2008

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS/ UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS CITY COUNCIL—Highlights of September Meetings

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2008
All council members present.

Citizen comment on CRC

Eleven residents, including former councilmembers Steve Bennett, Margaret Duffy-Friedman, Susan Infeld, Win Weizer (statement read by a representative), and former Vice Mayor Jeffrey Friedman (by speaker-phone), made comments concerning the ordinance to establish a Charter Review Commission (CRC).
Duffy-Friedman had questions regarding needs assessment, data and the emergency status of the ordinance. Friedman suggested that some members of the commission be elected in order to assure a good cross-section of the community. Infeld questioned whether the process was sufficiently open. Several residents weighed in with some complaining about the openness of the process and others supporting the measure.
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Volume 1, Issue 8, Posted 6:40 PM, 10.21.2008

University Heights welcomes Pink Ribbon Tour

The Pink Ribbon Tour made a stop at the UH Fire Department to support breast cancer awareness and research efforts in the local community.

Through the 36-city journey across the country, Pink Ribbon Tour founder Dave Graybill, an Arizona firefighter, is bringing thousands of people together to join the fight against breast cancer. He formed the Guardians of the Ribbon, a group of Arizona-based firefighters, police officers and community leaders who travel the country in a pink fire truck, wearing pink turnout gear and firefighting helmets.

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Volume 1, Issue 8, Posted 9:38 PM, 10.20.2008

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS/ University Heights City Council: Highlights of August 6, 2008 MEETING


All council members present

Moral claims

Four residents filed claims for damages resulting from a water main break on Silsby Road. The main broke with such pressure that basements of nearby homes were flooded. The Cleveland Water Department repaired the water main, but not residential damage. The city of University Heights typically does not pay moral claims for damage due to broken water pipes or mains, nor does the Cleveland Water Department. Visibly upset residents described thousands of dollars required to replace washers, dryers, and carpeting, and to have the basements cleaned. Councilmembers voted unanimously to provide the maximum allowed $300 remuneration to each of the residents petitioning.

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Volume 1, Issue 7, Posted 7:12 PM, 09.23.2008

University Heights City Council: Highlights of June 2008 meetings

June 2 Meeting

(Frank Consolo excused)

Privacy concerns for public statements

A University Heights resident, introducing herself as 'Jane Doe', cited privacy concerns with including citizens’ names and addresses in council minutes published on the internet. She had protected her privacy with an unlisted phone number and a P.O. Box. After testifying at University Heights City Council meetings where audience members are asked to begin their statements with their name and address, she received a package from someone who found her address through the internet minutes. Councilmembers were visibly sympathetic, but Councilwoman Frankie Goldberg pointed out that “We’re a public entity…a public forum.”

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Volume 1, Issue 5, Posted 3:38 PM, 07.18.2008

UH historic? U bet!

“I don’t know that we would consider University Heights historic,” says Walter Stinson, community coordinator for the City of University Heights. But, according to a study conducted by the Cuyahoga County Department of Development and released to the city in the fall of 2007, 2,261 homes in the western section of the city “represent one of the largest collections of early 20th century middle class homes in the suburban Cuyahoga County” and may be eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Currently the city has no properties listed in the National Register and does not have a local landmark program.

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Volume 1, Issue 2, Posted 2:27 PM, 05.07.2008