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.
Thanks given to council
Calvin Lampkin presented council with a painting created by the attendees of a Crest Road end-of-summer block party. He thanked the members of council for all their hard work, both in the past and in the years to come.
Bids and contracts
City Manager Robert Downey requested and was granted authority to receive bids for the city’s 2012 road resurfacing program. Downey reported that contracts had been awarded to Erie Materials for the purchase of sand ($4,000); Arms Trucking for the purchase of gravel ($28,000); Bridgestone Americas for water and sewer billing services ($120,384); and Snavely Excavating for the Denison pool demolition ($131,000).
Council Member Bonnie Caplan reminded residents that yard waste and debris must be placed in paper bags. Mounds of loose leaves will not be cleared by the city.
Council approved a zoning variance to AutoZone Stores Inc., potential lessee for the property at 3890, 3900, 3914 Mayfield Road (in a ‘C-2’ local retail district), to operate a retail auto parts store with limited outdoor diagnostic and installation services.
Monticello Boulevard environmental assessment
Council approved support for the grant application of Gloree Continuation Holdings to the Cuyahoga County Brownfield Redevelopment Fund Community Assessment Initiative. The grant will fund an environmental assessment of the commercial property at 2930–3008 Monticello Blvd. The company projects that 150 full-time jobs will result from the developing this property.
Council proclaimed April 8–14, 2012, National Community Development Week in the City of Cleveland Heights, and gave special thanks and recognition to all who help ensure the quality and effectiveness of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.
Information about last week’s public hearing on the Sustainable Development Practices/Green Zoning Initiative is available for review on the city’s website.
National Library Week
Council proclaimed April 8–14, 2012, National Library Week in the City of Cleveland Heights and urged all residents to take advantage of the resources available at our great public libraries. Council recognized Laurie Marotta, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Library human resources manager, who came to the podium and thanked the city for supporting the library.
Police cruiser purchase
Council authorized the purchase of police cruisers for the police department from Greve Chrysler Jeep Dodge. The purchase will be made through the Ohio Department of Administrative Services Cooperative Purchasing Program. The cost of nine Dodge Charger police cruisers, plus accessories, is not to exceed $225,000.
Council declared three abandoned properties to be nuisances and authorized abatement: 3643 Grosvenor Road, 3421 Silsby Road, and 3527 Woodridge Road.
Millikin School building
Council Member Jason Stein read a letter from the Heights Interfaith Council, regarding the Millikin School building, encouraging the Cleveland Heights-University Heights school administration and board to “move forward in a prompt, open, and transparent manner to provide a solution that will maintain this community asset.”
Cain Park fundraiser
Council Member Phyllis Evans encouraged residents to support Cain Park by buying a brick paver. Prospective donors should call 216-791-5149.
Council Member Evans offered the city’s condolences to the family and friends of stage director Paul Gurgol, who passed away recently. Gurgol was artistic director of Kalliope Stage and also directed productions at Cain Park, the Beck Center, and Opera Cleveland.
LWV Observer: Katherine Solender.
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