Cleveland Heights

CH City Council appoints Cobb

After more than a year, the stalemate is broken—and Cleveland Heights again has seven council members. At the March 15 Cleveland Heights City Council meeting, Council Member Davida Russell unexpectedly announced that she had concluded her preferred candidate would never be appointed and moved that Craig Cobb fill the vacancy on council.

Russell stated that she had not discussed the motion with any of her colleagues prior to the meeting, and had, in fact, decided during the meeting to make it. The regular council meeting followed a Council Committee of the Whole meeting, during which a lengthy discussion took place about a possible charter amendment regarding filling council vacancies.

Cobb said the motion came as a complete surprise to him. “I had the council meeting on in the background—not paying any attention—and then I heard my name mentioned,” he said in an e-mail.

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Volume 14, Issue 4, Posted 10:50 AM, 03.16.2021

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 3-1, 3-3-21

MARCH 1, 2021

 

  • Public comments
  • City manager's report
  • Council actions
  • Consent agenda
  • Council member comments
  • Committee of the whole meeting

 

Present at this regular meeting were Council President Jason Stein, Council Vice President Kahlil Seren, Mary Dunbar, Melody Joy Hart, Davida Russell, and Michael Ungar. Also present were City Manager Susanna Niermann O’Neil, Clerk of Council and Finance Director Amy Himmelein, and Law Director William Hanna. The meeting began at 7:50 p.m. and ended at 8:30 p.m.

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Volume 14, Issue 4, Posted 1:37 PM, 03.23.2021

Cleveland Heights City Council regular meeting highlights 2-16-2021

FEBRUARY 16, 2021

 

  • Public comments
  • City manager’s report
  • Police chief’s report
  • Finance director’s report
  • Council action
  • First readings of new legislation
  • Committee of the Whole meeting

 

Present were Council President Jason Stein, Council Vice President Kahlil Seren, Mary Dunbar, Melody Joy Hart, Davida Russell, and Michael N. Ungar. Also present were City Manager Susanna Niermann O’Neil, Clerk of Council and Finance Director Amy Himmelein, and Law Director William Hanna.

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Volume 14, Issue 4, Posted 9:53 AM, 03.10.2021

MetroHealth expansion meeting to take place online March 4

MetroHealth will host a Zoom webinar to discuss the forthcoming expansion of its Cleveland Heights facility on Thursday, March 4, from 7-8 p.m.  

In Nov. 2020, MetroHealth announced plans to expand its behavioral health and addiction services by building on to its Cleveland Heights campus. Original plans included 110 treatment beds, a psychiatric urgent care, and specialized units.

Dr. Julia Bruner, MetroHealth's senior vice president for behavioral health operations, will discuss how the expanded facility will meet the need for increased mental health services in Cuyahoga County; and development and building team members will review the project's blueprint and timeline. A Q & A session will follow the presentations. 

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Volume 14, Issue 3, Posted 11:16 AM, 03.01.2021

LWV asks CH council to act

The Heights League of Women Voters (LWV), a chapter of the LWV of Greater Cleveland, has added its voice to those expressing frustration over Cleveland Heights City Council’s impasse on filling the council seat that has been vacant since March 2, 2020.

In a statement, read at the Jan. 19 CH council meeting during the public comments period, the Heights LWV noted that last spring, at council’s request, it conducted videotaped interviews of the many applicants for the council vacancy left by Melissa Yasinow’s resignation. Those interviews were completed April 30, 2020, but now, nearly 10 months later, no appointment has been made.

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Volume 14, Issue 3, Posted 8:04 AM, 02.23.2021

Cleveland Heights City Council regular meeting highlights 2-1-2021

FEBRUARY 1, 2021

 

  • Public comments
  • City manager’s report
  • Chief of police report
  • NOPEC grants
  • February proclamations
  • 2021 Appropriations
  • Racial Justice Task Force
  • Council member comments

 

Present were Council President Jason Stein, Vice President Kahlil Seren, Mary Dunbar, Davida Russell, and Michael N. Ungar. Melody Joy Hart was excused. Also present were City Manager Susanna Niermann O’Neil, Clerk of Council Amy Himmelein, and Law Director William Hanna. The meeting was 45 minutes long.

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Volume 14, Issue 3, Posted 9:48 AM, 03.08.2021

Cleveland Heights City Council regular meeting highlights 1-19-21

JANUARY 19, 2021

 

  • Public comments
  • City manager’s report
  • Police chief’s report
  • 2021 budget
  • 3750 Bainbridge Road
  • Council member comments 

 

Present were Council Vice President Kahlil Seren and members Mary Dunbar, Melody Joy Hart, Davida Russell, and Michael Ungar. Council President Jason Stein was excused. Also present were City Manager Susanna Niermann O’Neil, Clerk of Council Amy Himmelein, and Law Director William Hanna. The virtual meeting lasted from 8 to 8:52 p.m.

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Volume 14, Issue 3, Posted 9:57 AM, 03.08.2021

Melody Joy Hart announces CH mayoral run

Cleveland Heights City Council Member Melody Joy Hart is running for mayor of Cleveland Heights. Hart was the top vote-getter in the November 2019 council election. She has served one year, and attended council meetings for more than four years prior to her election.

“I bring a strong financial background and management skills to city government, together with progressive values,” stated Hart. “I will run an effective, transparent and responsive city government.”

Hart has extensive experience as an executive. She is a CPA (certified public accountant), a CTP (certified treasury professional), and is certified in financial planning and analysis. Relationship management was a key component of her work with banks, rating agencies, vendors, and investors, developing win-win solutions for all parties.

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Volume 14, Issue 3, Posted 11:44 AM, 02.13.2021

A roadmap to electing a new CH mayor

On Nov. 2, Cleveland Heights residents, for the first time, will directly elect their mayor.

In November 2019, voters overwhelmingly approved (with 64 percent voting in favor) the Issue 26 charter amendment, changing the city’s form of government to a mayor-council structure from what had been a council-city manager form.

The new mayor—who will now be directly elected by the city’s voters, rather than chosen by the city’s council members from among their own ranks—will appoint a professional administrator to help run the city, and work alongside CH City Council.

In the lead-up to the fall election, detailed below are some key dates and provisions of the new charter amendment regarding the process of electing a new CH mayor.

The mayor: The mayor is elected in a non-partisan race every four years, beginning in 2021, with no term limits.

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Volume 14, Issue 2, Posted 12:37 PM, 01.29.2021

Cleveland Heights names new planning director

Eric Zamft is the new planning director for the city of Cleveland Heights.

In late 2020, the city conducted an extensive search for a new planning department head to take over from Richard Wong, who retired.

The city manager and human resources director evaluated the applicants, who hailed from across the country.

"I am excited to join the Cleveland Heights community,” Zamft said. "I visited friends in Cleveland Heights a few years back and fell in love with this city. To be able to move here and help usher the city into the future is a great honor and privilege."

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Volume 14, Issue 2, Posted 3:13 PM, 01.25.2021

Jan. 20 forum to explore mayor-council government transition

Cleveland Heights Council Member Melody Joy Hart is sponsoring her second forum on the city’s transition to a mayor-council form of government.

This forum, scheduled for Jan. 20, 7 p.m., will highlight the process the city of East Providence, R.I., and its community took to transition from a city manager-council form of government to a mayor-council form.

The first elected mayor of East Providence, Mayor Bob DaSilva, along with East Providence Assistant City Solicitor Dylan Conley, will share East Providence’s story with forum participants. They’ll outline the opportunities and challenges they experienced, and continue to see, under the new form of government.

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Volume 14, Issue 2, Posted 1:34 PM, 01.14.2021

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 1-4-21

JANUARY 4, 2021

 

  • Public comments
  • City manager’s report
  • Chief of police report
  • City manager
  • 2021 budget
  • Council member comments

 

Mayor Jason Stein, Vice Mayor Kahlil Seren, Mary Dunbar, Melody Joy Hart, and Michael Unger were present. Davida Russell was absent. Also present were Acting City Manager Susanna O’Neil, Clerk of Council Amy Himmelein, and Law Director William Hanna. The meeting was 46 minutes long.

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Volume 14, Issue 2, Posted 9:57 AM, 01.29.2021

Cleveland Heights City Council special meetings highlights 12-21, 30-2020

DECEMBER 21, 2020

Mayor Jason Stein, Vice Mayor Kahlil Seren, Mary Dunbar, Melody Joy Hart, and Michael Ungar were present. Davida Russell was absent. Also present were Acting City Manager Susanna Niermann O’Neil, Clerk of Council Amy Himmelein, and Law Director William Hanna. The meeting was only three minutes long.

CARES Act funds

Council amended an appropriation ordinance to increase the amount previously enacted. This was necessary to spend, by December 31, $118,000 in CARES Act funds allocated to Cleveland Heights by the Cuyahoga County Council. Unexpected retirements also increased the income side of the 2020 budget. 

 

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Volume 14, Issue 2, Posted 10:01 AM, 01.29.2021

Cleveland Heights City Council regular meeting highlights 12-7-2020

DECEMBER 7, 2020

 

  • Public comments
  • Chief of police's report
  • City manager’s report
  • Clerk of council’s report
  • Insurance program
  • Appointments
  • Council leadership designations change
  • COVID testing event
  • Support for school funding bill
  • Appropriations
  • Vacant council seat
  • Doan Brook
  • CARES Relief Funds
  • Foreclosure penalties
  • Racial Justice Task Force
  • Consent agenda 

 

Present were Mayor Jason Stein, Vice Mayor Kahlil Seren, Mary Dunbar, Melody Joy Hart, Davida Russell, and Michael Ungar. Mr. Seren arrived late, but was excused. Also present were Acting City Manager Susanna O’Neil, Clerk of Council Amy Himmelein, and Law Director William Hanna.

A thirteen minute executive session was held during the committee of the whole meeting to consider the terms of a sale or lease of city-owned property. The public meeting began at 8 p.m. and lasted until 9:30 p.m.

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Volume 14, Issue 1, Posted 10:28 AM, 12.14.2020

Cleveland Heights City Council regular meeting highlights 11-16-2020

NOVEMBER 16, 2020

 

  • Public comments
  • City manager‘s report
  • Chief of police report
  • Clerk of council’s report
  • Housing code and foreclosures
  • Boards and commissions
  • Parks and recreation for 2021
  • Justice Reform Task Force
  • City finance
  • Refuse and recycling
  • Landmark commission
  • Mayor’s report

 

Present were Mayor Jason Stein, Vice Mayor Kahlil Seren, Mary Dunbar, Melody Joy Hart, Davida Russell and Michael Ungar. Also present were Acting City Manager Susanna O’Neil, Clerk of Council Amy Himmelein, and Law Director William Hanna.

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Volume 14, Issue 1, Posted 10:40 AM, 12.07.2020

Cleveland Heights City Council regular meeting highlights 11-2-2020

NOVEMBER 2, 2020

 

  • Public comments
  • City manager’s report
  • Police Chief’s report
  • Racial Task Force
  • Other council actions
  • Council member comments

 

Present were Mayor Jason Stein, Vice Mayor Kahlil Seren, Mary Dunbar, Davida Russell, and Michael Ungar. Melody Joy Hart was absent. Also present were Acting City Manager Susanna O’Neil, Clerk of Council Amy Himmelein, and Law Director William Hanna.

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Volume 13, Issue 12, Posted 11:50 AM, 11.30.2020

Cleveland Heights City Council regular meeting highlights 10-19-2020

OCTOBER 19, 2020

 

  • Public comments
  • City manager report
  • Clerk of council report
  • Police chief report
  • Council actions
  • Council member comments

 

Present were Mayor Jason Stein, Vice Mayor Kahlil Seren, Mary Dunbar, Davida Russell, and Michael Ungar. Melody Joy Hart was absent. Also present were Acting City Manager Susanna O’Neil, Clerk of Council Amy Himmelein, and Law Director William Hanna.

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Volume 13, Issue 12, Posted 11:58 AM, 11.30.2020

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 10-5-20

OCTOBER 5, 2020

 

  • Public comments
  • City manager’s report
  • Police chief’s report
  • Clerk of Council report
  • Sale of bonds
  • Public works items
  • Mayoral compensation
  • October proclamations
  • Council member comments 
  • Committee of the whole meeting

 

Present were Mayor Jason Stein, Vice Mayor Kahlil Seren, Mary Dunbar, Melody Joy Hart, Davida Russell and Michael Ungar. Also present were Acting City Manager Susanna O’Neil, Clerk of Council Amy Himmelein, and Law Director William Hanna. The meeting lasted 45 minutes.

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 8:55 AM, 11.04.2020

Cleveland Heights launches 'All Are Welcome'

In September, Cleveland Heights launched “All Are Welcome.” Not a slogan or a campaign, the initiative includes physical reminders placed throughout the community, in the form of “All Are Welcome” window displays, bus wraps and videos, as well as discussions on social media on the theme.  

It is intended to be a celebration of the city’s diversity and a display of how much residents value its strong sense of community.

“The city of Cleveland Heights has always been a place that strives to be a city where diversity is valued, and openness, inclusivity and respect are cherished traits,” said Mayor Jason Stein.

“The ‘All Are Welcome’ initiative recommits to the ongoing tradition of our community, that we believe in the value and the importance of diversity in our neighborhoods and in our commercial areas,” said Acting City Manager Susanna Niermann O’Neill.

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 5:45 PM, 10.05.2020

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 9-21-20

SEPTEMBER 21, 2020

 

  • Public comments 
  • City manager’s report
  • Police chief’s report
  • Recycling agreement
  • Mayor and administration compensation
  • Transfer of properties
  • Council member comments 

 

Present were Mayor Jason Stein, Vice Mayor Kahlil Seren, Mary Dunbar, Melody Joy Hart, Davida Russell and Michael Ungar. Also present were Acting City Manager Susanna O’Neil, Clerk of Council Amy Himmelein, and Law Director William Hanna. The meeting lasted 40 minutes.

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 9:01 AM, 11.04.2020

CH ballot Issue 6 is one step in transition

On the Nov. 3 election ballot, Cleveland Heights voters are being asked to vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on Issue 6—a proposed city charter amendment that reads as follows:

“Shall Article VII, Sections 3, 4, and 5 of the Charter of the City of Cleveland Heights be amended to provide that candidates for all elected offices shall file petitions with the election authorities not later than 4:00 p.m. on the ninetieth (90th) day prior to the date set for the primary election?”

Ballot Issue 6 pertains to the city’s mayoral elections—the first of which will take place in fall 2021. In November 2019, CH voters approved ballot Issue 26, a charter amendment to change the city’s government from the current council-manager form to a mayor-council form, in which residents directly elect the city’s mayor. The winning candidate in November 2021 will take office on Jan. 1, 2022.

This year’s ballot issue is intended to clarify ambiguity in the city’s charter.

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 11:04 AM, 10.01.2020

Oct. 8 forum will address elected-mayor transition

On Oct. 8, Cleveland Heights Council Member Melody Joy Hart and a committee of concerned citizens will host an online forum to inform the public about the city’s transition to an elected-mayor form of government.

The forum will explain the transition, discuss the skills and traits that are desirable for an elected mayor, and seek to determine citizens’ expectation for the new government.

“This will be an important change, electing our first mayor in 100 years,” said Hart. “We need to do all we can to get it right.”

The forum will take place via Zoom on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m., and will feature a panel discussion with University Heights Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan, Maple Heights Mayor Annette Blackwell, and South Euclid Mayor Georgine Welo.

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 11:08 AM, 09.29.2020

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 9-8-2020

SEPTEMBER 8, 2020

 

  • Public comments
  • Recycling agreement
  • Police technology equipment
  • Consent agenda
  • City manager report
  • Chief of police report
  • Liquor notice
  • Council member comments 

 

Council members present were Mayor Jason Stein, Vice Mayor Kahlil Seren, Mary Dunbar, Melody Joy Hart, Davida Russell, and Michael Ungar. Also present were Acting City Manager Susanna Niermann O’Neill, Clerk of Council Amy Himmelein, and Law Director William Hanna. The meeting, held virtually online, lasted from 8:30 to 9:27 p.m.

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 11:03 AM, 09.23.2020

CH council member hosts listening session

CH Council Member Davida Russell continues to learn from the community through her series of listening sessions, “You Talk - I Listen.”

Russell has scheduled the next community conversation for Sept. 19, 10–11:30 a.m., at the Front Stage Multiplex, (formerly the Regal Movie Theatre) at Severance Town Center, 3492 Mayfield Road.

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Volume 13, Issue 9, Posted 8:04 AM, 09.01.2020

Cleveland Heights City Council regular meeting highlights 7-20-2020

JULY 20, 2020

 

  • Public comments
  • Actions requested by city manager
  • Objection to liquor permits
  • Charter amendment
  • Consent agenda
  • Police report
  • City manager resigns
  • City manager’s report
  • Council member comments 

 

Present were Mayor Jason Stein, Vice Mayor Kahlil Seren, Mary Dunbar, Melody Joy Hart and Michael Ungar. Davida Russell was absent. Also present were City Manager Tanisha Briley, Clerk of Council Amy Himmelein, and Law Director William Hanna. The open meeting lasted one hour and 11 minutes. The meeting can be viewed on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gp2jCaNCQhc.

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Volume 13, Issue 9, Posted 5:33 AM, 08.25.2020

Cleveland Heights' Covid response

As communities continue adapting to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, several organizations in Cleveland Heights are providing resources to the city's residents. To increase their impact, the city of Cleveland Heights has granted CARES Act funding to the following organizations for Covid-19-related initiatives:

The Office on Aging is conducting free wellness checks for elderly and homebound Heights residents, and continues to connect them with essential services, such as meal programs and medical care.

CHN Housing Partners launched a rental assistance program on July 15 to help households pay or defer bills, as much of the workforce remains unemployed or furloughed as a direct result of the pandemic.

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Volume 13, Issue 8, Posted 9:38 AM, 07.31.2020

CH City Manager takes new position in Maryland

At the July 20 Cleveland Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Tanisha Briley announced her resignation, effective Sept. 1. She will become the city manager for the city of Gaithersburg, Md., located outside of Washington, D.C.

Mary Trupo, the city's director of communications and public engagement, sent out a news release after the meeting. In a subsequent e-mail, and updated release, Trupo announced that the current vice city manager, Susanna Niermann O'Neil, will become the acting city manager after Briley's departure, stating that council members selected Niermann O'Neil "to lead the city through the next 16 months and the final transition to a strong mayor form of government."

The city's full announcement can be viewed on the city's website, at www.clevelandheights.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=295

Briley has been Cleveland Heights' city manager since August 2013.

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Volume 13, Issue 8, Posted 11:06 AM, 07.21.2020

Cleveland Heights City Council regular meeting highlights 7-6-2020

JULY 6, 2020

 

  • Public comments
  • Racism as a public health crisis
  • Council member recusal
  • Nonconsensual dissemination of private images
  • Ohio CROWN bill
  • 5G wireless
  • Consent agenda
  • Council member comments
  • City manager report
  • Chief of police report

 

Council members present were Mayor Jason Stein, Vice Mayor Kahlil Seren, Mary Dunbar, Melody Joy Hart, Davida Russell and Michael Ungar. Also present were City Manager Tanisha BrileyClerk of Council Amy Himmelein, and Law Director William Hanna. The meeting began at 8:09 p.m. and adjourned at 10 p.m.

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Volume 13, Issue 8, Posted 7:42 AM, 07.28.2020

CH City Council tables vacant council seat vote at July 6 meeting

Approximately one hour into its July 6 virtual Council Committee of the Whole meeting, Cleveland Heights City Council entered into executive session toas stated on its posted agenda"consider the appointment of a public official." Council has been one member short of its seven slated positions since Melissa Yasinow's resignation on March 2.

owever, no mention was made of that discussion after executive session, nor at the subsequent city council meeting. In an e-mail, Mayor Michael Stein confirmed that no decision had been made, stating that the matter "needs more discussion."

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Volume 13, Issue 8, Posted 2:19 PM, 07.07.2020

Cleveland Heights City Council regular meeting highlights 6-15-2020

JUNE 15, 2020

 

  • Public comments
  • City manager’s report
  • Police report
  • 5G wireless and other legislation
  • CDBG
  • Council member comments

 

Council members present were Mayor Jason Stein, Vice Mayor Kahlil Seren, Mary Dunbar, Melody Joy Hart, Davida Russell and Michael Ungar. Also present were City Manager Tanisha Briley, Clerk of Council Amy Himmelein and Law Director William Hanna. The meeting lasted a little over one hour.

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Volume 13, Issue 8, Posted 8:33 AM, 07.13.2020

TOH breaks ground in June 24 ceremony

The city of Cleveland Heights and development partner Flaherty & Collins held a ceremonial groundbreaking event on June 24 for the newly underway Ascent at the Top of the Hill (TOH), a mixed-use development.

Cleveland Heights City Council members, city officials, the developer, and representatives from the Cedar Fairmount Special Improvement District and the Cleveland Heights-University Heights school district participated in the event.

The four-acre project site is located on Cedar Road and Euclid Heights Boulevard, just up the hill from University Circle.

Construction is expected to be completed within an 18- to 24-month single-phase construction cycle. The general contractor on the project is Cleveland Construction.

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Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 7:54 AM, 06.30.2020

CH council appointee decision tabled until July

After the June 22 Cleveland Heights City Council meeting, Mayor Jason Stein stated that council had not yet selected anyone to fill the council vacancy.

Noting that each of the four finalists, Craig Cobb, Anthony Cuda, Robert Koonce, and Anthony Mattox Jr., had a good interview with the six current council members, Stein said, “We will take time to reflect and continue the discussion at the July 6th meeting.”

The sole agenda item on the June 22 Cleveland Heights Council Committee of the Whole meeting, which took place in executive session, was “[t]o consider the appointment of a public official.”

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Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 12:45 PM, 06.24.2020

Russell launches 'You Talk, I Listen' series

On June 6, Cleveland Heights City Council Member Davida Russell hosted the first in a series of Town Hall listening sessions with residents of the Noble and Taylor roads community. A group of 10 Zoom participants comprised residents, business owners, and members of the faith community. More than 100 others listened on Facebook Live. Two more meetings are planned, for late June and July.

The objective of the first Town Hall was to identify concerns and issues that impact the health and growth of this area of the city, and to create a process to develop solutions.

“I live in this community and I have my own thoughts about what it needs,” Russell said, “but I feel it is important to hear what others think about what would enable the neighborhood [to] grow and prosper.”

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Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 3:01 PM, 06.22.2020

Cleveland Heights City Council regular meeting highlights 6-1-20

JUNE 1, 2020

 

  • Public comments
  • City manager’s report
  • Executive session limits
  • Council voting legislation
  • Fair practices
  • Wireless infrastructure on public ways
  • Consent agenda
  • Police chief’s presentation
  • Council member comments

 

Council members present were Mayor Jason Stein, Vice Mayor Kahlil Seren, Mary Dunbar, Melody Joy Hart, Davida Russell and Michael Ungar. Also present were City Manager Tanisha Briley, Clerk of Council Amy Himmelein, and Law Director William Hanna. The meeting began at 8:37 p.m. and ended at 10:05 p.m.

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Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 9:17 AM, 06.15.2020

CH promotes 'Shop Local Bingo' to support city businesses

As businesses reopen in-person services, the city of Cleveland Heights has come up with a gamified approach to encourage local shopping. 

"Shop Local Bingo," as described on the city's website, works just like the classic game. The scorecard, available for download, lists 24 CH businesses.

According to Mary Trupo, director of communications and public engagement for the city of Cleveland Heights, businesses were selected randomly, but "with emphasis put on diversity of locations." The first round features restaurants, bars and grocers. Trupo noted that other types of merchants will be included as more businesses reopen.

Following any line on the card, participants can purchase goods from these businesses online or in-store. They must then take pictures of themselves holding both their purchases and receipts. Per the city's instructions, "once you have a Bingo (horizontal, vertical or diagonal), send all of your pictures in one e-mail to bingo@clvhts.com, or send a direct message to Instagram (@clvhts), or our Facebook (@clevelandheightsoh) with all your pics. Be sure to attach your marked card as well!" 

Submissions will be entered into a weekly drawing to receive "a Cleveland Heights dinner/dessert/beverage/groceries experience on usa $50 value to your choice of featured businesstwo $25 gift cards," according to the site.

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Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 12:49 PM, 05.19.2020

CH crime rates drop for 7th year in a row

For the seventh consecutive year, the incidence of serious crime in Cleveland Heights continued to drop in 2019, hitting its lowest level since the police department began keeping credible statistics in 2011.

The 71 violent crimes reported in 2019 were a 24 percent decrease from the year before. Property crimes were down slightly, at 702 compared to 714 the year before.

The number of burglaries jumped last year to 114 from just 63 in 2018. But, that’s due to a change in the way incidents are being classified, according to Cleveland Heights Police Chief Annette Mecklenburg.

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Volume 13, Issue 6, Posted 9:16 AM, 06.02.2020

CH narrows council search to 4 finalists

On May 21, in a Facebook post, Cleveland Heights Mayor Jason Stein announced that he and the other five current members of CH City Council had narrowed the field of applicants for the open council seat to four finalists, out of 22 who applied. The finalists are Craig Cobb, Anthony Cuda, Anthony Mattox Jr. and Robert Koonce.

The next step, according to Stein, is to individually, and remotely, interview the four candidates. In his Facebook post, Stein stated that next step, to take place "in the next week or so," would be an executive session (closed to the public) interview with council. After that, stated Stein, "[W]e will make a final determination and then plan for the swearing-in ceremony."

Of the 22 applicants, three withdrew; the other 19 each participated in a video interview process, conducted by the League of Women Voters. Those videos, as well as each candidate's application, can be viewed at www.clevelandheights.com/1144/City-Council-Applicants.

 

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Volume 13, Issue 6, Posted 3:12 PM, 05.21.2020

Cleveland Heights City Council regular meeting highlights 5-4-2020

MAY 4, 2020

 

  • Public comments
  • City manager’s report
  • Actions – assessments and CDBG
  • Consent agenda
  • Council member comments

 

Present were Mayor Jason Stein, Vice Mayor Kahlil Seren, Mary Dunbar, Melody Joy Hart, Davida Russell and Michael Ungar. Staff present were City Manager Tanisha Briley, Clerk of Council Susanna O’Neil, and Law Director William Hanna. The virtual meeting was viewed on YouTube, and lasted one hour and twenty minutes.

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Volume 13, Issue 6, Posted 8:09 AM, 05.18.2020

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 4-20-2020

APRIL 20, 2020

 

  • City manager’s report
  • Solar project
  • Top of the Hill agreement
  • Cedar-Lee-Meadowbrook development
  • Consent agenda
  • Solar panel presentation
  • Council member comments

 

Present were Mayor Jason Stein, Vice Mayor Kahlil Seren, Mary Dunbar, Melody Joy Hart, Davida Russell and Michael Ungar. Staff present were City Manager Tanisha Briley, Clerk of Council Susanna O’Neil, and Law Director William Hanna. The virtual meeting was viewed on YouTube and lasted one hour, twelve minutes.

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Volume 13, Issue 6, Posted 8:20 AM, 05.18.2020

CH plans for lost revenue in COVID-19 crisis

The coronavirus pandemic “will likely lead to significant reduction in resources for the City,” stated Cleveland Heights City Manager Tanisha Briley in an April 14 e-mail. Briley said the city has laid off 114 seasonal and part-time employees, and has implemented other cost-containment measures: a wage freeze for non-union staff, a hiring freeze for non-essential functions, and spending limitations.

While no one can predict the magnitude of the problem, Briley wrote, “We know that income tax and property tax are the two major revenue sources for the City and we should expect a substantial decrease in those sources. Other revenue sources, such as fees and charges for services will also take a hit as residents and businesses cope with severe financial hardships.”

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Volume 13, Issue 5, Posted 10:55 AM, 04.20.2020

Cleveland Heights City Council regular meeting highlights 4-6-2020

APRIL 6, 2020

 

  • Council actions
  • City manager’s report
  • Council member comments

 

Present were Mayor Jason Stein, Vice Mayor Kahlil Seren, Mary Dunbar, Melody Joy Hart, Davida Russell and Michael Ungar. Also present were City Manager Tanisha Briley, Clerk of Council Susanna O’Neil, and Law Director William Hanna. The meeting was a virtual meeting and viewed online. It lasted one hour and 13 minutes. 

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Volume 13, Issue 5, Posted 10:08 AM, 04.21.2020

Cleveland Heights City Council regular meeting highlights 3-16-2020

MARCH 16, 2020

 

  • Public comment
  • Council actions
  • Consent agenda
  • Council member/mayor comments and announcements
  • New clerk of council/finance manager
  • Coronavirus emergency

 

Present were Mayor Jason Stein, Vice Mayor Kahlil Seren, Mary Dunbar, Melody Joy Hart, Davida Russell and Michael Ungar. Also present were City Manager Tanisha Briley, Clerk of Council Susanna O’Neil, and Law Director William Hanna. The meeting was a virtual meeting and viewed online. It lasted one hour.

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Volume 13, Issue 5, Posted 10:20 AM, 04.21.2020

CH City Council, and CH-UH Board of Education, now live streaming meetings

Though all its city government committee meetings are canceled for the time being, the city of Cleveland Heights is continuing to hold city council meetings remotely and live streaming them on the city's YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/cityofclevelandheights/live). The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. Agenda items and legislation to be considered are posted in advance on the city's online calendar (https://www.clevelandheights.com/calendar.aspx?CID=14). 

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Volume 13, Issue 5, Posted 10:18 AM, 04.07.2020

CH extends council application deadline to April 6

A March 20 CH council update, found in the March 23 CH City Council meeting packet [note: all March 22­–28 city of Cleveland Heights meetings were cancelled], included the notice that the application deadline for the vacant city council seat has been extended by two weeks. The new deadline is April 6, at 5 p.m.

The application can be found online at www.clevelandheights.com/1085/City-Council-Application.

The open council seat was formerly held by Melissa Yasinow, who resigned at the beginning of the March 2 CH City Council meeting, effective immediately. Yasinow provided no explanation for her resignation.

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 10:32 AM, 03.25.2020

Cedar Lee Connection development project is underway

The development project planned for the surface parking lot behind the Cedar Lee Theatre and the adjacent vacant lot to the south—at Lee Road and Meadowbrook Boulevard—is moving ahead. The project is spearheaded by Cedar Lee Connection, LLC (CLC), comprising local partners Sequoia Realty Corp. and Snavely Group.

Since the city of Cleveland Heights’ acceptance of CLC’s proposal last summer, plans have begun to take a more concrete shape. The project aims to enhance the community by adding a new complex of approximately 150 market-rate studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments, as well as retail, restaurant and work spaces.

CLC envisions creating a woonerf, the Dutch term for “living street,” an inviting, connective shared space for pedestrians, strollers, bicycles and cars in the area behind the Cedar Lee Theatre and adjacent Lee Road businesses. The woonerf would allow for public art and create space for community events.

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 7:02 AM, 03.31.2020

Cleveland Heights City Council regular meeting highlights 3-2-2020

MARCH 2, 2020

 

  • Public comments
  • Council actions
  • Council Member Yasinow resigns
  • School levy proposal on the March ballot
  • Arlington House
  • City manager’s report

 

Present were Mayor Jason Stein, Vice Mayor Kahlil Seren, Mary Dunbar, Melody Joy Hart, Davida Russell, Michael Ungar and Melissa Yasinow. Also present were City Manager Tanisha Briley, Clerk of Council Susanna O’Neil, and Law Director William Hanna. The meeting was 36 minutes long.

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 10:49 AM, 03.23.2020

Yasinow resigns from CH City Council

At the March 2 meeting of Cleveland Heights City Council, Melissa Yasinow resigned as council member, effective immediately.

Yasinow provided no explanation for her resignation.

Reading from a prepared statement in which she addressed residents of Cleveland Heights, Yasinow said, “It has been an honor and a privilege to have served you these past six years. Being a member of this council has been one of the highlights of my professional life. I am grateful to have worked with my colleagues, past and present, and with this city’s qualified, competent and professional staff. I'm also enormously proud to have been part of the team that made Top of the Hill a reality. This is a goal that has eluded our city for over 50 years, and now we are set to break ground."

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 1:48 PM, 03.03.2020

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 2-3-2020

FEBRUARY 3, 2020

 

  • Public comments
  • City manager’s report
  • Month recognitions
  • Top of the Hill financial ordinances
  • Delamere Drive basement flooding relief project
  • Consent agenda
  • Transportation Advisory Commission

 

Council members present were Mayor Jason Stein, Vice Mayor Kahlil Seren, Mary Dunbar, Melody Joy Hart and Melissa Yasinow. The meeting lasted from 7:40-9:09 pm; public comment took approximately one hour.

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Volume 13, Issue 3, Posted 11:06 AM, 02.25.2020

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 1-21-2020

JANUARY 21, 2020

 

  • Public comments
  • City manager’s report
  • Clerk of council’s report
  • Fire pumper truck
  • Financing revenue bonds
  • Overnight Parking
  • Public works projects
  • Council member comments
  • Mayor’s report

 

Council members present were Mary Dunbar, Melody Joy Hart, Davida Russell, Kahlil Seren, Jason Stein, Michael N. Ungar and Melissa Yasinow. The meeting lasted from 7:44-8:59 pm.

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Volume 13, Issue 3, Posted 10:49 AM, 02.17.2020

Top of the Hill Project advances

On Jan. 27, in a three-hour meeting that ended at 10 p.m., the Planning and Development Committee of Cleveland Heights City Council considered two funding-related ordinances that advance development of the mixed-use project known as Top of the Hill (TOH).

In February 2018, CH City Council entered into a development agreement with developer Flaherty & Collins Properties to build TOH. After two years of work and more than 40 meetings with residents, property owners, businesses and various city departments, approval of the two funding ordinances is the final step before groundbreaking, anticipated this spring.

Council discussed the two ordinances at length at its Council Committee of the Whole meeting on Jan. 13, and both had first readings at the Jan. 21 city council meeting.

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 12:50 PM, 02.01.2020

Cleveland Heights sees national Census as a priority and opportunity

Recently sworn-in Cleveland Heights City Council Member Davida Russell identified the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census as an agenda priority. Heights Libraries, the League of Women Voters, and FutureHeights are also supporting the initiative to see every adult and child included in the city's population count.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, thousands of Cleveland Heights residents are predicted to go unaccounted for by the survey. For each person not counted, the city is estimated to lose between $1,800 and $2,700 annually in federal funding, which means that it could miss out on millions of dollars in government spending over the coming decade.

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 11:39 AM, 02.01.2020

New CH council member to host Jan. 29 listening session

Newly elected Cleveland Heights Council Member Melody Joy Hart will host a Community Listening Session on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m., at Imani Temple, 2463 North Taylor Road, Cleveland Heights.

During her campaign, Hart pledged to hold regular town hall meetings/listening sessions so that citizens would have a chance to be heard. 

While this program is Hart's initiative, she has invited her council colleagues to attend, emphasizing that it is a listening session, not a talking session. “My role—and theirs, if they attend—is not to take it as an opportunity to talk, but as an opportunity to listen,” Hart explained. “Of course, my hope is that this will spur the council to join together in the future to hold these.” 

Hart anticipates holding the listening sessions quarterly.

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 11:44 AM, 01.19.2020

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 1-6-2020

JANUARY 6, 2020

 

  • Swearing in council members
  • Swearing in mayor and vice mayor
  • Council committees
  • Council member comments
  • Public comments
  • City manager’s report
  • Property easement
  • Mayor’s report

 

Council members present were Mary Dunbar, Melody Joy Hart, Davida Russell, Kahlil Seren, Jason Stein, Michael N. Ungar and Melissa Yasinow.

The meeting lasted from 7:40—9:07 p.m. The swearing in and other organizing procedures lasted 50 minutes; public comment, 33 minutes; and other business, approximately four minutes.

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 3:40 PM, 01.31.2020

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 12-2-2019

DECEMBER 2, 2019

 

  • First amendment rights of public officials
  • Public comments 
  • Ash tree mitigation 
  • City manager’s report
  • Fire equipment
  • Recreation and parks 2020
  • Tax and budget ordinances
  • Intimate images protection
  • Top of the Hill legislation
  • Nuisance properties demolition
  • Housekeeping legislation
  • Mayor’s report
  • Council members’ tributes

 

Prior to the meeting, two canine officers were sworn in by the police department. Dodo is handled by Investigator Brian Ondercin, and Rambo by Officer Justin Weir. 

Council members present were Mayor Carol Roe, Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow, Craig Cobb, Mary Dunbar, Kahlil Seren, Jason Stein and Michael N. Ungar. The meeting lasted from 7:35—9:44 pm. 

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Volume 13, Issue 1, Posted 2:33 PM, 01.31.2020

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 11-18-2019

NOVEMBER 18, 2019

 

  • Public comments
  • City manager’s report
  • Recreation programs, regulations, and rates
  • Tax and budget ordinances
  • Severance Town Center redevelopment plan
  • Forest Hill Park inclusive playground
  • Mayor’s report
  • Council members’ announcements

 

Council members present were Mayor Carol Roe, Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow, Mary Dunbar, Kahlil Seren, Jason Stein and Michael N. Ungar. Craig Cobb was absent. The meeting lasted from 7:36-9:04 pm.

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Volume 13, Issue 1, Posted 2:25 PM, 01.31.2020

CH prepares for 2020 U.S. Census

With the first phase of the 2020 U.S. Census just six months away, Cleveland Heights is preparing for this initiative.

In 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau will collect data on more than 330 million U.S. residents. The date will inform decisions on how to allocate $675 billion federal tax dollars annually for the next 10 years. Population counts also determine a state's number of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and number of votes in the Electoral College.

On Feb. 10, 7 p.m., Heights Libraries will present “The 2020 Census: What You Need to Know” at the Heights Libraries Lee Road Branch.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 3:58 PM, 12.02.2019

Cleveland Heights voters opt for change

Voters approved Cleveland Heights Issue 26, the charter amendment that will allow residents to directly elect the city's mayor, with a vote of 6,922 (64.10 percent) to 3,877 (35.9 percent).

In Cleveland Heights City Council races, five candidates vied for three 4-year term seats, while two candidates vied for a single 2-year term, to fill the seat vacated by former council member Cheryl Stephens and serve out the remainder of her unexpired term.

In the 4-year term race, Melody Joy Hart garnered the most votes, with 6,358 (25.56 percent), followed by incumbents Kahlil Seren, with 5,644 votes (22.69 percent), and Mary Dunbar, with 4,670 (18.77 percent).

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 10:53 AM, 11.06.2019

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 11-4-2019

NOVEMBER 4, 2019

 

  • Public comments 
  • Master Plan update
  • Severance Town Center redevelopment 
  • Small Business Saturday
  • Animals and fowl
  • Cuyahoga County sewer maintenance services
  • Delamere Drive NEORSD grant 
  • Refuse and Recycling Task Force 
  • Housing and Transportation Committee
  • Mayor’s report

 

Council members present were Mayor Carol Roe, Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow, Craig Cobb, Mary Dunbar, Kahlil Seren and Jason Stein. Michael N. Ungar participated by telephone, but did not vote. 

The meeting lasted from 7:31 to 8:39 p.m.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 12:18 PM, 11.18.2019

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 10-21-2019

OCTOBER 21, 2019

 

  • Evans Energy presentation
  • Public comments
  • Vice city manager’s report
  • Severance redevelopment project
  • Change in code on dangerous animals
  • Mayor’s report

 

Present were Craig Cobb, Mary Dunbar, Carol Roe, Kahlil Seren and Michael Ungar. Excused were Jason Stein and Melissa Yasinow. The meeting adjourned at 9:10 p.m.

Mayor Roe announced a change in the order of the agenda and that all legislation for the evening was offered as first reading.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 11:34 AM, 11.18.2019

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education work session highlights 10-15-2019

OCTOBER 15, 2019 

 

  • Ohio School Report Card performance, Part II

 

Members present were President Jodi Sourini, Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, and Beverly Wright. James Posch was absent. Also present were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby, Treasurer Scott Gainer, and Allison Byrd, director of data and assessment. The meeting began at 7:05 p.m., after an executive session, and ended at 8:45 p.m.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 11:28 AM, 11.18.2019