University Heights City Council meeting highlights 6-4-2018

JUNE 4, 2018


  • Summer concert series
  • Yoga at community park
  • Property receivership process
  • Codified ordinances update
  • Pedestrian improvements
  • Food trucks
  • Rubbish scooter
  • Line striking project
  • Recycling best practices
  • Bellefaire garage annex
  • Rental program


Present were Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan, Vice Mayor Sue Pardee, and council members Pamela Cameron, John Rach, Michele Weiss and Mark Wiseman. Councilman Steven Sims was absent. Also present were Law Director Luke McConville and Clerk of Council Kelly Thomas. The meeting was held from 7 to 8:48 p.m.

Summer concert series

Mayor Brennan reported that the city’s free summer concert series has begun. Concerts will be held on Thursdays at 7 p.m. at John Carroll University’s Hamlin Quad through August 16. For more information, residents can call 216-932-7800, ext. 205.

Yoga at community park

Residents can enjoy free yoga at Community Park, 2301 Fenwick Road, beginning Tuesday, June 19, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Classes will be held every Tuesday through August 15.

Property receivership process

Attorney Matt Yourkovitch gave a presentation on the property receivership process, using a property at 3886 Silsby Road as an example of a nuisance property put into receivership and rehabbed by a private entity. He said that a neighbor, a tenant, a municipality or a nonprofit development organization can bring an action to declare a property a nuisance. Councilman Wiseman praised the work on the property, saying it’s now an asset to the community.

Codified ordinances update

Council passed an ordinance, on emergency, enacting and adopting the 2018 S-15 Supplement to the Codified Ordinances of the City of University Heights. This is an annual update to the city’s ordinances, in book and online form, provided by American Legal Publishing.

Pedestrian improvements on South Green

Council approved a grant application, on emergency, for pedestrian and American Disabilities Act improvements on South Green Road between Cedar and Silsby roads. The $150,000 grant would be used to improve four crosswalks, install stamped concrete, reroof a bus shelter and install a new bench at Cedar-Green.

Food trucks

Council passed an ordinance, on emergency, allowing mobile food trucks on city property. The ordinance, sponsored by Councilwoman Weiss, will allow food truck owners to operate at special city events and will allow residents to hire food trucks for private events. Food truck owners will file an application with the city and pay a $10 permit fee per event unless they are invited by the city. Vice Mayor Pardee said the ordinance was based on ordinances in neighboring cities, adding that food trucks will be a wonderful asset to the city.

Rubbish scooter

Council accepted a $14,000 bid for a new rubbish scooter. The scooter, which was approved in the budget, was originally budgeted at $17,000.

Traffic markings

Interim Police Chief Dustin Rogers reported that a double line will be replaced at Ashurst Road just north of Meadowbrook Boulevard, and a faded stop sign will be repainted at Saybrook and Traymore roads.

Recycling best practices

Service Director Jeffrey Pokorny asked residents to go to the Cuyahoga Recycles website, at, to ensure they’re recycling properly. He and Mayor Brennan recently toured Kimble Recycling & Disposal in Twinsburg and saw firsthand the importance of keeping our recycling stream clean.

Bellefaire garage annex

Building Commissioner James McReynolds reported that the walls and roof of Bellefaire’s garage annex have been completed.

Rental program

McReynolds also said the city will begin enforcing its new rental program on June 20. The city will notify property owners in advance of the deadline.

The next meeting will be Monday, June 18, at 7 p.m.

LWV Observer: Siobhan Leftwich.

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