Cleveland Heights

CH seeks community input on new logo in survey open March 18–27

The city of Cleveland Heights continues to refresh and redefine its brand identity, in an effort to capture the true spirit of the community and what it means to live, work and play here. As part of the city’s ongoing initiative, residents are being asked to give their input on the creative output.

The city has conducted extensive research to identify and craft a “brand story” for Cleveland Heights. The city heard from more than 1,000 individuals through one-on-one meetings, focus groups and a community survey to inform the brand story, which can be viewed on the Cleveland Heights brand website, www.clevelandheightsbrand.com.

Now, the city is seeking additional feedback from residents and business owners to help determine which logo and tagline best capture the narrative.

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 10:03 AM, 03.18.2019

City of CH amends landmark ordinance, adds economic development tools

At its March 4 meeting, Cleveland Heights City Council passed legislation amending its landmarks ordinance and enabling the city to become a Certified Local Government (CLG) in the state of Ohio. In doing so, it joins 73 Ohio communities that already have CLG status. It also passed legislation creating a Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) that will assist the city with transferring property and facilitating economic development.

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 8:08 PM, 03.11.2019

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 3-4-2019

MARCH 4, 2019

 

  • Public comments
  • Landmark Commission
  • City Community Improvement Corporation
  • Updated Solid Waste Management Plan
  • Salary schedules and benefits for city employees
  • Mayor’s report

 

Mayor Carol Roe, Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow, Kahlil Seren, Jason Stein and Michael Ungar attended the meeting. Mary Dunbar was absent. Mayor Roe called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m. and adjourned at 8:02 p.m.

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 10:21 AM, 03.19.2019

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 2-19-2019

FEBRUARY 19, 2019

 

  • Public comments
  • Police department annual presentation
  • Fire department annual presentation
  • City manager: operational highlights
  • Landmark ordinance
  • City council vacancy
  • Ballot initiative for city charter
  • Safe Routes to School funding
  • Community Improvement Corporation
  • Sanitary sewer overflow control
  • CRA Housing Council
  • CDBG funds

 

Council members present were Mayor Carol Roe, Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow, Mary Dunbar, Kahlil Seren, Jason Stein and Michael N. Ungar. The seventh seat is unoccupied. The meeting lasted from 7:45 to 9:27 p.m.

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 10:01 AM, 03.19.2019

Group seeks charter amendment to elect CH mayor

A group of Cleveland Heights residents is seeking to amend the Cleveland Heights charter to enable citizens to directly elect a full-time mayor. Currently, Cleveland Heights voters elect seven part-time Cleveland Heights City Council members. Council then elects one of its members to serve as mayor.

“Cleveland Heights is not served well by a part-time mayor who has no executive responsibilities,” said Tony Cuda, campaign manager of Citizens for an Elected Mayor, the organization seeking the change. “We need a full-time, visionary leader who can address the city’s challenges, such as declining population, housing values that are not recovering as quickly as in similar suburbs, and slow progress on economic development.”

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:24 PM, 02.25.2019

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 2-4-2019

FEBRUARY 4, 2019

 

  • Ready Certify designation presentation
  • Meadowbrook Boulevard reconstruction project
  • Top of the Hill project
  • February commemorations
  • Health code
  • Housing code
  • Fair housing
  • Architectural Board of Review appointment
  • Possible legislation research
  • Mayor’s report

 

Council members present were Mayor Carol Roe, Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow, Mary Dunbar, Kahlil Seren, Jason Stein and Michael N. Ungar. The seventh seat is unoccupied.The meeting lasted from 7:32 to 7:54 p.m.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 10:15 AM, 02.21.2019

CH council seat applicant interviews are posted on city's website

The League of Women Voters (LWV) of Greater Cleveland, Heights Chapter, conducted nonpartisan video interviews of the 34 applicants for the vacant seat on Cleveland Heights City Council. Both the applications and LWV’s video interviews are available for public viewing at www.clevelandheights.com/1144/city-council-applicants.

Former CH Council Member Cheryl Stephens vacated the seat on Nov. 26, after being elected to represent District 10 on Cuyahoga County Council.

The six current Cleveland Heights council members will view the video interviews as they decide whom to appoint to Stephens’ council seat.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 11:00 AM, 02.12.2019

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 1-22-2019

JANUARY 22, 2019

 

  • Public comments
  • Master plan and council priorities
  • Municipal broadband feasibility
  • Liquor permit
  • Codified ordinances update pages
  • Housing code update
  • Fair practices update
  • Council seat applications
  • Boards and commissions appointments and openings
  • CDBG funds
  • Top of the Hill
  • Charter Review Commission
  • Refuse and Recycling Task Force established
  • Health Code update
  • Martin Luther King Day celebration
  • Mayor’s report

Council members present were Mayor Carol Roe, Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow, Mary Dunbar, Kahlil Seren, Jason Stein and Michael N. Ungar. The seventh seat is unoccupied. The meeting lasted from 7:33 to 8:53 p.m.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 10:08 AM, 02.21.2019

Feb. 2 workshop will explore privilege and bias in our community

The recent Cleveland Heights branding survey confirmed what residents have long known to be true: "diversity stands out as the most valued characteristic" of this community.

What does diversity really mean, and how do we embrace this vital characteristic every day?

On Saturday, Feb. 2, join Heights Community Congress (HCC) and other community members for a four-hour (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) workshop, Recognizing Privilege and Bias in Your Community, that will wrestle with these questions, and more.

The workshop, facilitated by HCC’s partners at Compass Consulting, will define and differentiate between diversity and inclusion, and discuss privilege and its impact in the community.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 10:37 AM, 01.15.2019

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 1-7-2019

JANUARY 7, 2019

 

  • Public comments
  • Council committee chairs
  • HVAC maintenance
  • Police salaries
  • Council seat applications
  • Democracy Day
  • Speed limits
  • Mayor’s report

 

Council members present were Mayor Carol Roe, Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow, Mary Dunbar, Kahlil Seren, Jason Stein and Michael N. Ungar. The seventh seat is unoccupied. The meeting lasted from 7:35 to 8 p.m.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 11:19 AM, 01.30.2019

As Stephens takes county council seat, CH seeks her replacement

Cleveland Heights City Council is seeking a replacement for former Council Member Cheryl Stephens, who was elected to represent District 10 on Cuyahoga County Council on Nov. 6 and officially took her seat there Nov. 27. Stephens had served on CH City Council since 2010 and had been reelected for her third, four-year term in November 2017.

The city has posted an application online (www.clevelandheights.com/councilapplication) and has set a deadline of 5 p.m., Jan. 15.

The application asks candidates to answer several questions and attach a resume or CV. A PDF of the form can be printed from the website and e-mailed, mailed or hand-delivered to CH City Hall. Applicants are asked to describe the “special qualities, abilities, skills, insights or perspectives” that they would bring to a position on council, as well as their goals for improving the city.

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Volume 12, Issue 1, Posted 10:12 AM, 12.18.2018

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 12-3-2018

DECEMBER 3, 2018

 

  • Top of the Hill hearing
  • Top of the Hill project ordinances
  • CDBG application for 2019
  • HRRC federal assistance loan program
  • Parks and recreation 2019
  • Application for open council seat
  • Liability self-insurance
  • 2019 Budget
  • 2018 budget amendments
  • Service director retires
  • Mayor’s report

 

Council members present were Mayor Carol Roe, Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow, Mary Dunbar, Jason Stein and Michael N. Ungar. Kahlil Seren was absent. The hearing and meeting lasted from 7:29 to 9:58 p.m. Public hearing on the Top of the Hill project occupied the first hour and 50 minutes.

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Volume 12, Issue 1, Posted 11:22 AM, 12.18.2018

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 11-19-2018

NOVEMBER 19, 2018

 

  • Public comments
  • Street projects
  • Liquor control board applications
  • Cain Park Village security cameras
  • CDBG 2019 application
  • Recent tragic murders
  • Parks and recreation 2019
  • Small Business Saturday
  • County agreements
  • Civil service amendments
  • Transportation
  • 2019 and 2018 budgets
  • Cheryl Stephens’ resignation
  • Mayor’s report

 

Council members present were Mayor Carol Roe, Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow, Mary Dunbar, Jason Stein, Kahlil Seren and Cheryl L. Stephens. Michael N. Ungar was absent. The meeting lasted from 7:43 to 9:05 p.m. Public comments occupied the first 41 minutes.

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Volume 12, Issue 1, Posted 10:05 AM, 12.18.2018

Citizens Police Academy alum urges other residents to apply

Have you ever had “nystagmus?” Do you even know what it is? You will if you read on.

Earlier this year, I attended the Cleveland Heights Citizens Police Academy. In a nutshell, it gives the community an opportunity to look inside the complex world of law enforcement, to see the processes and procedures that guide police officers every day, and to remind us that police officers are part of our community, often our neighbors.

To be selected I had to pass a background check and commit to attending three-hour classes two nights a week for six weeks at the police academy—a historic former firehouse.

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 4:43 PM, 11.29.2018

CH's brand survey reveals diversity 'most valued'

It was a busy summer moving forward with the city of Cleveland Heights’ branding effort. Over a two-month period, our branding consultants held a series of one-on-one interviews, focus groups, expanded outreach and a community survey. All in all, we heard from around 1,000 Cleveland Heights residents and business owners. We also gathered input through our Facebook page and at www.clevelandheightsbrand.com. In addition, a competitive analysis was completed on seven other Northeast Ohio cities.

What was discovered will be no surprise to many of you. Cleveland Heights is a remarkable community nestled in the inner-belt of Cleveland’s East Side. With a purposeful, intentional focus on the values of diversity, acceptance, and a fervent sense of “home,” the city has a powerful distinction relative to peer cities.

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 2:15 PM, 11.12.2018

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 11-5-2018

NOVEMBER 5, 2018

 

  • Public comments
  • Sewer maintenance agreement
  • Civil service amendments
  • Cheryl Stephens’ resignation
  • Mayor’s report

 

Council members present were Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow, Mary Dunbar, Jason Stein and Cheryl L. Stephens. Mayor Carol Roe, Michael N. Ungar and Kahlil Seren were absent. Concern was expressed for Mayor Roe’s recovery from a fall. The meeting lasted from 7:32 to 8:22 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 10:46 AM, 11.13.2018

Cleveland Heights City Council special meeting highlights 10-22-2018

OCTOBER 22, 2018

 

  • Top of the Hill project
  • Trash collection

 

Council members present were Mayor Carol Roe, Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow, Mary Dunbar, Kahlil Seren, Jason Stein and Michael N. Ungar. Cheryl L. Stephens was absent. The meeting lasted from 6:33 to 6:46 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 10:37 AM, 11.13.2018

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 10-15-2018

OCTOBER 15, 2018

 

  • Public comments
  • Project cost increases
  • Minimum age for tobacco product purchases
  • Traffic code clarification
  • SERB’s fact-finding recommendations
  • Council members’ comments

 

Mayor Carol Roe, Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow, Mary Dunbar, Kahlil Saren, Jason Stein, Cheryl Stephens and Michael Ungar were present. The meeting began at 7:37 p.m. and adjourned at 8:07 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 10:32 AM, 11.13.2018

CH receives state approval for city-wide CRA to support new development

On Oct. 1, the city of Cleveland Heights announced that it had "achieved a major strategic development goal" with the state's approval of its Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) application. In the news release, printed in its entirety below, Mary Trupo, director of communications and public engagement for the city, described the CRA's benefits:

Cleveland Heights has achieved a major strategic development goal with the announcement last week by the Ohio Development Services Agency that the City's petition to create a City-wide Community Reinvestment Area, or CRA, has been approved.

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Volume 11, Issue 11, Posted 11:58 AM, 10.02.2018

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 10-3-2018

OCTOBER 3, 2018

 

  • Public comments
  • Foreclosure bonds for commercial and residential property
  • Purchase 60 Severance Circle
  • Cancer awareness
  • Domestic violence awareness
  • Age 21 for smoking material purchases
  • Mayor’s report

 

Mayor Carol Roe, Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow, Mary Dunbar, Kahlil Seren, Jason Stein, Cheryl Stephens and Michael Ungar attended the meeting.

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Volume 11, Issue 11, Posted 11:04 AM, 10.22.2018

City of CH to refund parking ticket overpayments

The city of Cleveland Heights is taking action to refund an overcharge of $5 for various parking violations issued between 2013 and the present. The refunds are for tickets issued for specific, non-metered parking violations and include these infractions: prohibited zone, no permit, overnight parking, fire hydrant and fire lane parking, abandoned vehicle, traffic hazard, parking on sidewalk and parking on curb or streetlawn. The city recently learned of a clerical error resulting in the issuance of paper tickets for some parking infractions with the additional fee.

“All efforts will be made to refund the extra $5, with interest, charged for applicable parking violations,” said City Manager Tanisha Briley.

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Volume 11, Issue 11, Posted 11:15 AM, 09.25.2018

David Gregory will speak at CH's Park Synagogue

As part of Park Synagogue’s 150-year anniversary, the popular Park Forum Series makes a return on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m., with journalist and author David Gregory. The current CNN political analyst and former moderator of NBC's "Meet The Press" will share with audiences his insights on the latest Washington headlines and the current events facing our country.

Gregory’s talk, "Promoting Dialogue in a Polarized World," will take place just two weeks before the November midterm elections, under the historic dome at Park Synagogue’s complex at 3300 Mayfield Road in Cleveland Heights. The legendary Park Forum has featured various well-known figures, including the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Eleanor Roosevelt, Abba Eban, and President Jimmy Carter.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 12:25 PM, 09.27.2018

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 9-4-2018

SEPTEMBER 4, 2018

 

  • Public comments
  • Bond counsel
  • Branding initiative
  • PassportParking app
  • Cedar-Lee SID public services plan
  • 2018 Taxes
  • Forestry and street expense assessments
  • September observances
  • Taylor Road-Superior Park Drive historic district
  • Community Improvement Awards
  • Heights Community Congress tour
  • Mayfield multimodal plan
  • University Circle shuttle
  • Community Center fitness equipment
  • Top of the Hill project design meeting
  • Immigration task force
  • Charter review commission
  • Mayor’s report

 

Council members present were Mayor Carol Roe, Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow, Mary Dunbar, Kahlil Seren, Jason Stein, Cheryl L. Stephens and Michael N. Ungar. The meeting lasted from 7:35 to 8:17 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 11:56 AM, 09.17.2018

Peace Lutheran hosts free monthly meals

Peace Lutheran Church will begin serving once-a-month hot meals for the community starting on Thursday, Sept. 20. The meals will take place on the third Thursday of each month, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and are free and open to everyone.

The organizers hope that whole families will join them, as they believe that family dinners build relationships, and help kids do better in school.

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 1:51 PM, 09.03.2018

Cleveland Heights City Council special meeting highlights 7-30-2018

JULY 30, 2018

 

  • Objections to liquor license renewals
  • Community reinvestment area
  • Cedar Lee SID services plan
  • Cedar Lee SID assessment equalization board
  • Meadowbrook and Lee
  • Stadium Square
  • FutureHeights agreement
  • State Bicycle Route 80
  • Meadowbrook and Lee counsel

 

All council members were present: Mayor Carol Roe, Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow, Mary Dunbar, Kahlil Seren, Jason Stein, Cheryl L. Stephens and Michael N. Ungar. The meeting lasted from 7:38 to 8:10 p.m. 

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 10:57 AM, 09.11.2018

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 7-16-2018

JULY 16, 2018

 

  • Public comments
  • Second quarter Master Plan update
  • Community Center fitness equipment
  • Immigration Task Force
  • Barbara H. Boyd Park
  • Small cell wireless facilities
  • Community reinvestment area
  • 2019 Tax Budget
  • Cedar Fairmount SID
  • Assessment equalization boards
  • FutureHeights placemaking event
  • Taylor-Superior “Stadium Square” historic district
  • Mayor’s report

 

Council members present were Mayor Carol Roe, Mary Dunbar, Kahlil Seren, Jason Stein, Cheryl L. Stephens and Michael N. Ungar. Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow was absent. The meeting lasted from 7:38 to 8:56 p.m. It was preceded by a public budget hearing at which City Manager Tanisha Briley presented final details of the proposed 2019 budget.

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 10:43 AM, 09.11.2018

CH City Council vote authorizes MOU for the Meadowbrook and Lee site

At its July 30 meeting, Cleveland Heights City Council voted unanimously in favor of Resolution No. 79-2018, which allows City Manager Tanisha Briley to negotiate a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding with Cedar Lee Connection, LLC, for the proposed development of the Meadowbrook and Lee site in the Cedar Lee Business District. The city recently selected the team’s RFP/RFQ response from two finalists, and council’s vote both formally names Cedar Lee Connection as the developer and initiates processes that will lead to a more detailed development plan.

Melissa Yasinow introduced the legislation and moved to vote on it. Mary Dunbar and Jason Stein seconded it, and all six eligible council members voted yes. Michael Ungar abstained from the vote because the law firm in which he is a partner does business with one of the principals involved in the project.

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 2:53 PM, 07.31.2018

CH City Council creates citywide Community Reinvestment Area

The City of Cleveland Heights passed an ordinance creating a citywide Community Reinvestment Area (CRA), an economic development opportunity to encourage building and remodeling in the city. The CRA program, created by the state of Ohio, is a tool designed to stimulate economic growth in cities. A citywide CRA designation will provide owners of Cleveland Heights properties—whether residential, commercial, industrial or mixed-use—tax exemptions to renovate existing buildings or construct new buildings.

All property owners in Cleveland Heights who are remodeling their properties or constructing new buildings are eligible to apply for this tax exemption. There is an initial negotiation process between the property owners and the city for commercial, industrial and mixed-use properties. Residential property owners must fill out an application before beginning their renovations.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 1:55 PM, 07.31.2018

CH judge provides court update

What is the status of that abandoned house around the corner? We here at the Cleveland Heights Municipal Court have recently updated our website, www.clevelandheightscourt.com, to make it more user-friendly and to give it more functionality. One update that may be of interest to Cleveland Heights residents is under the Record Search tab. You can now search by house number and street name to determine if the city has filed a criminal case with the court for that property. If it does turn up in the search result, you will be able to see the court docket and find out the status of that case.

I hear all housing code violation cases, generally on Tuesday mornings starting at 9 a.m. If a case you are interested in is set for an upcoming hearing, I encourage you to come to court to watch and, if you would like, make a statement on the record concerning the property.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 11:48 AM, 07.24.2018

CH City Council undertakes branding study

Cleveland Heights City Council approved a promotional branding initiative at its July 2 meeting. The branding study is intended to define and refine the Cleveland Heights story, and to help tell prospective homeowners and business owners why Cleveland Heights is a great place to work and live. The study is expected to begin by early August.

The city hired Align2Market, an Ohio-based branding and consulting firm, to conduct the study, collect and review the data, and create a strategic marketing plan. Data collection is expected to take about two to three months, with the analysis, message development, creative design and rollout expected to take another four to five months. The cost of the study is not to exceed $85,000.

Align2Market will also study five other cities, not yet chosen, that compete with Cleveland Heights to attract residents and businesses.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 10:03 AM, 07.17.2018

Cleveland Heights City Council discusses Community Reinvestment Area

The city of Cleveland Heights is considering an economic development opportunity to encourage building and remodeling in the city. The Community Reinvestment Area program (CRA), originally created by the state of Ohio, is a tool designed to stimulate economic growth in cities. A citywide CRA designation would provide owners of Cleveland Heights properties—whether commercial, industrial or mixed-use—tax exemptions to renovate existing buildings or construct new buildings.

All property owners in Cleveland Heights who are remodeling their property or constructing new buildings are eligible to apply for this tax exemption. There is an initial negotiation process between the property owners and the city for commercial, industrial and mixed use properties. Residential property owners must fill out an application before beginning their renovations.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 12:43 PM, 07.10.2018

CH Council to consider Meadowbrook and Lee development legislation on July 16

Two development teams, Newland Developments, LLC and Cedar Lee Connection, pitched their proposals for the one-acre Meadowbrook and Lee site to Cleveland Heights City Council on June 11. Selected from among four applicants who had responded to the city’s RFQ, both had similar plans for the site. Both suggested multiuse commercial and residential structures that are four or five stories tall. Each proposal also required capital investments of $20 million, sustainable design and tax abatements.

The pitch from Newland Developments, LLC targeted millennials in the age range of 25 to 35. Architect Eric Newland said he planned to capitalize on the younger demographic and older parents whose children have moved out. Newland proposed to build restaurant, retail and fitness space on the ground level, and leave 20,000 feet for offices or apartments.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 11:04 AM, 07.14.2018

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 7-2-2018

JULY 2, 2018

 

  • Public comments
  • Liquor permit request
  • Meadowbrook and Lee site
  • City branding
  • National Parks and Recreation Month
  • Small cell antennas and wireless support structures
  • Objection to liquor permit
  • Immigration task force term extension
  • 2019 tax budget
  • Community reinvestment area
  • Statement by Council Member Stephens
  • Event announcements
  • Mayor’s report

 

Council members present were Mayor Carol Roe, Mary Dunbar, Kahlil Seren, Jason Stein, Cheryl L. Stephens and Michael N. Ungar. Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow was absent. The meeting lasted 52 minutes.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 11:42 AM, 07.17.2018

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 6-18-2018

JUNE 18, 2018

 

  • Public comments Fiscal officer’s certificate
  • Liquor license requests
  • Year 44 CDBG awards
  • Dugway East Culvert Emergency Rehabilitation project.
  • Change order for skating rink
  • Special Improvement District five-year plans
  • Community reinvestment area
  • Street resurfacing bonds
  • Mayor Roe’s report

 

Mayor Carol Roe, Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow, Cheryl L. Stephens, Jason Stein and Kahlil Seren were present. Mary Dunbar’s was absent. The meeting was called to order at 7:45 p.m. and adjourned at 8:47 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 4:23 PM, 07.07.2018

Cleveland Heights CRC votes to retain current form of government

At its June 21 meeting, a majority of members of the Cleveland Heights Charter Review Commission (CRC) voted to recommend retaining the city’s current council-manager form of government, comprising seven part-time council members elected at large (citywide) and an appointed city manager.

Proposals to change the form of government in Cleveland Heights, to one led by a popularly elected mayor and with some council members elected by ward or district, were rejected by the CRC.

CRC members took these votes after six months of deliberations and community input. At the April 19 community forum sponsored by the CRC, 53 attendees indicated they favored changing to a popularly elected mayor, while 31 favored staying with the current council-manager government. In the CRC’s online survey, 95 respondents favored a popularly elected mayor, while 16 favored the council-manager government.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 10:40 AM, 06.26.2018

CH neighborhood development funding opportunities available

The city of Cleveland Heights is accepting applications for the Program Year 45 (2019) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), and for a new grant: the 2018 Strategic Impact Opportunity (SIO). Nonprofit organizations that serve low- and moderate-income residents, or those nonprofits involved in the elimination of “slum and blight conditions” within the city, are encouraged to apply.

The SIO is a special funding opportunity that targets neighborhoods along the Noble Road Corridor, bordered by Mayfield Road, Ivydale Road, and Euclid Heights Boulevard to the north; South Taylor Road to the east; Cedar Road to the south; and Lee Road to the west. All CDBG-eligible activities that take place in those target areas can be considered eligible for funding.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 12:22 PM, 06.05.2018

McClendon is new—and youngest—CH poet laureate

On April 1, the beginning of National Poetry Month, Christine Howey, 2016–18 Cleveland Heights poet laureate, stepped down, and Damien McClendon, the youngest poet so far to hold the post, stepped up. 

“Several highly accomplished and public-spirited poets applied,” said Meredith Holmes, former poet laureate and member of Heights Writes, the Heights Arts committee that chooses the poet laureate. “Damien stood out for his extraordinary commitment to poetry and for his experience of community-building through poetry performance. He brings acute powers of observation to both personal and politically informed poems.”

A Youngstown native, McClendon, 26, moved to the Cleveland area when he was 13. He is a recent graduate of Kent State University, where he majored in Pan-African studies.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 5:17 PM, 06.28.2018

Cleveland Heights ty Council meeting highlights 6-4-2018

JUNE 4, 2018

 

  • Public comments
  • Cain Park 80th anniversary
  • Aggregated Solar Project
  • Liquor license
  • Community Development Block Grant Funds
  • Mayfield Corridor
  • Doan Brook Watershed
  • Stormwater management
  • Boss Dog Brewing Company patio
  • LGBT Pride Month
  • Nature Works application
  • Mayor’s Report

 

Council members present were Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow, Mary Dunbar, Kahlil Seren, Cheryl L. Stephens, and Michael N. Ungar. Members absent were Mayor Carol Roe and Jason Stein. The meeting lasted from 7:38 to 8:52 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 2:06 PM, 06.25.2018

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 5-22-2018

MAY 22, 2018

 

  • Public comments
  • Wage and salary agreement
  • Storefront loan
  • Police vehicles
  • National Gun Violence Awareness Day
  • Charter Review Commission
  • Council member Stephens’ primary victory
  • Foreclosure bonds
  • Bicycle events
  • Top of the Hill
  • Jason West Scholarship
  • We Are Noble
  • Mayor’s report

 

Council members present were Mayor Carol Roe, Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow, Mary Dunbar, Kahlil Seren, Jason Stein, Cheryl L. Stephens and Michael N. Ungar. The meeting lasted from 7:34 to 8:15 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 1:48 PM, 06.25.2018

Charter Review Commission enters second phase

On June 7, the Cleveland Heights Charter Review Commission (CRC) began the second, and possibly final, phase of its work. That work will focus on preparing specific recommendations for amending the city’s charter.

In its first phase of work, carried out in 13 meetings beginning in November 2017, the CRC devoted its time to hearing from local elected officials, experts and citizens on two key issues of local governance.

One issue compared the city’s current council-manager government with local governments led by a popularly elected mayor. The second compared the city’s current at-large election of council members to councils that include some members elected by ward or district.

At its June 7 meeting, CRC members acknowledged the need to determine their preferences on these two principal issues before beginning the process of drafting charter amendments.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 11:10 AM, 06.12.2018

Council members dispute Seren’s comments on potential charter amendment votes

At the May 22 meeting of Cleveland Heights City Council, four council members, Mary Dunbar, Carol Roe, Michael Ungar and Melissa Yasinow, presented a letter in which they rebutted comments that Council Member Kahlil Seren had made at the May 17 meeting of the Cleveland Heights Charter Review Commission (CRC).

Speaking at that meeting, Seren stated that he believes it is unlikely that “a four-member majority of council” will choose to place on the ballot any charter amendment that proposes to replace the city’s’ current council-manager government with one that includes a popularly elected mayor, and any charter amendment that would propose to replace the current at-large council with one that would include some members elected by ward or district.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 12:45 PM, 06.04.2018

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 5-7-2018

MAY 7, 2018

  • Public comments
  • Rock salt
  • Sanitary Sewer Overflow Control
  • Street resurfacing
  • Gun laws
  • Police radios
  • Service assessments
  • Cedar Fairmount SID
  • Complete and Green Street Policy
  • Bike Month and National Preservation Month
  • Outdoor dining lease
  • Caledonia Park playground
  • Sale of city property
  • Robert Klein
  • CHHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Municipal broadband
  • Police bike auction
  • Announcements
  • Immigration task force
  • Mayor attends meetings

 

Council members present were Mayor Carol Roe, Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow, Mary Dunbar, Kahlil Seren, Jason Stein, Cheryl L. Stephens and Michael N. Ungar. The meeting lasted from 7:33 to 8:25 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 1:32 PM, 05.18.2018

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 4-16-2018

APRIL 16, 2018

 

  • Public comments
  • Street improvement bids
  • Marketing and branding
  • City’s strategic plan
  • Zamboni purchase
  • School rankings
  • Bond sale
  • Mayor Roe’s report

 

Council members present were Cheryl L. Stephens, Carol Roe, Mary Dunbar, Jason Stein, Melissa Yasinow and Kahlil Seren. Michael N. Ungar was absent. The meeting was called to order at 7:32 p.m. and adjourned at 8:45 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 2:13 PM, 05.17.2018

City manager and council member address CRC

How effective is the council-manager form of government in Cleveland Heights compared to governments led by a popularly elected mayor?

That was the principal question addressed by CH City Manager Tanisha Briley and CH Council Member Kahlil Seren at the Charter Review Commission (CRC) meeting on May 17.

Seren said that he favors changing the form of city government in Cleveland Heights from the current council-manager government to a mayor-council government that is led by a popularly elected mayor, and supported by a professional administrator appointed by the mayor and approved by council.

He said that the current form of government tends to be too timid and too cautious, resulting in relatively few bold ideas and innovation. “Caution can be debilitating,” he said.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 4:49 PM, 05.19.2018

Developers speak at CH Charter Review Commission meeting

How does Cleveland Heights compare to other local communities in attracting development?

Developer Peter Rubin and architect Paul Volpe addressed that question, and others, at the May 3 Cleveland Heights Charter Review Commission (CRC) meeting, where the two shared their opinions with commission members and others in attendance. Tom Malone, former Cleveland Heights finance director, also spoke at the meeting.

Rubin said that he considers Cleveland Heights to be a “post-maturity” city that now faces two choices. “One would be to manage decline,” he said, “and the other would be to create and execute a new vision, one that puts the community on a positive trajectory.”

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 12:22 PM, 05.08.2018

CH residents share views on charter review at public forum

On April 19, approximately 80 Cleveland Heights residents participated in the first community forum held by the city’s 15-member Charter Review Commission.

The meeting began with a presentation that described the current council-manager form of government in Cleveland Heights, in which seven part-time city council members are elected on an at-large basis and are assisted by a full-time city manager, whom they appoint.

The presentation also described other forms of municipal governance, including the one most common in Cuyahoga County, in which there is a popularly elected mayor, and a city council to which some or all members are elected by ward.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 9:40 AM, 04.24.2018

Business owners Zagara and Presser speak to CH Charter Review Commission

Bud Hilf, a member of the city of Euclid’s Charter Review Commission, John Zagara, owner of Zagara’s Marketplace on Lee Road, and Steve Presser, owner of Big Fun on Coventry Road, spoke to the Cleveland Heights Charter Review Commission (CRC) at its March 29 meeting.

Hilf told the CRC that Euclid’s commission voted 6-3 in favor of changing that city’s current form of government, led by a popularly elected mayor, to one led by a city manager. He explained that Euclid’s city council subsequently chose not to place that charter amendment proposal on the ballot.

Regarding Euclid’s charter review process, Hilf noted that there was virtually no public input and, in his opinion, some of the council-appointed commission members seemed to be pursuing their own personal agendas.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 8:56 AM, 04.03.2018

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 4-2-2018

APRIL 2, 2018

 

  • Public comments
  • Liquor permit request
  • CDC Partnership
  • Event announcements
  • April proclamations
  • Mayfield Road signalization
  • System for ranking schools
  • Rejection of House Bill 512
  • Immigration task force
  • Cedar Fairmount plan
  • Mayor’s report

 

Council members present were Mayor Carol Roe, Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow, Mary Dunbar, Kahlil Seren, Cheryl L. Stephens and Michael N. Ungar. Jason Stein was absent. The meeting lasted from 7:36 to 8:26 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 10:10 AM, 04.17.2018

Cleveland Heights City Council regular meeting highlights 3-19-2018

MARCH 19, 2018

 

  • Swearing in of safety forces
  • Public comments
  • Community Center fitness equipment
  • Bike path striping project
  • Liquor license
  • Top of the Hill property tax agreement
  • Event announcements
  • Vacant properties and foreclosures
  • Homestead discount rates
  • Staff compensation
  • Open meetings and public records laws
  • New standing committee names
  • Beyond essential operations of city government
  • Executive sessions
  • Mayor’s report 

 

Council members present were Mayor Carol Roe, Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow, Mary Dunbar, Kahlil Seren, Jason Stein and Cheryl L. Stephens. Michael N. Ungar was absent. The meeting lasted from 7:50-8:25 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 9:30 AM, 04.17.2018

Charter Review Commission plans April 19 community meeting

The 15-member Cleveland Heights Charter Review Commission (CRC) plans to pose the following three questions to participants at its upcoming community meeting:

  • What type of government do you prefer for Cleveland Heights and why?
  • What other elements should be added or changed to improve local government?
  • What are the three most important qualities you want to see in local government?

The meeting is scheduled for April 19, 7–9:30 p.m., at the Cleveland Heights Community Center, 1 Monticello Blvd. (at Mayfield Road).

The purpose of the meeting, as stated by the commission, is to provide information about the current Cleveland Heights charter, review common models of local government, and provide an opportunity for collaborative reflection on the current form of local government in Cleveland Heights and whether changing it would improve the quality of life in the city.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 10:17 AM, 03.20.2018

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 3-5-2018

MARCH 5, 2018

  • Public comments
  • Committee assignments
  • Cedar Lee plan
  • NOPEC electricity aggregation plan
  • NE Ohio Sewer District easement
  • City employee salaries

Council members present were Mayor Carol Roe, Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow, Mary Dunbar, Kahlil Seren, Jason Stein, Cheryl Stephens and Michael Ungar. The meeting started at 7:39 p.m. and ended at 8:06 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 2:03 PM, 03.26.2018

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 2-20-2018

FEBRUARY 20, 2018

  • Public comments
  • Meadowbrook and Lee site
  • Public safety report
  • Ohio Fairness Act
  • Replacement of traffic signals
  • Top of the Hill
  • Mr. Brisket loan
  • New council committee structure
  • Mayor Roe report

Council members present were Mayor Carol Roe, Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow, Mary Dunbar, Kahlil Seren, Cheryl L. Stephens, Jason Stein and Michael N. Ungar. The meeting lasted from 7:32 to 9:10 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 2:12 PM, 03.26.2018

CH Charter Review Commission plans community forum

On April 19, the Cleveland Heights Charter Review Commission (CRC) will hold a community forum to invite broader citizen participation in the process of considering changes to the city’s charter.

The CRC made this decision at its March 1 meeting, its sixth, and plans to determine the time and place of the forum at its regular meeting on March 15.

Also at the March 1 meeting, Les Jones, Forest Hill Home Owners president, and Tom Wagner, Lakewood Charter Review Commission member, spoke.

Jones, a 40-year Cleveland Heights resident, told the CRC that the Forest Hill Home Owners association has worked well over the years with the city government. He said, though, that he favors changing the charter to allow citizens to elect the mayor directly, and would support changing the current at-large council to include some members elected by ward.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 10:21 AM, 03.06.2018

Cleveland Heights makes progress on economic development objectives

The city of Cleveland Heights is moving forward with its plans to redevelop two large vacant parcels within the city: the Top of the Hill site and the Lee/Meadowbrook site.

Tim Boland, the city's economic development director, presented a draft RFQ/RFP for the 1.07-acre Lee/Meadowbrook site to CH City Council at its Feb. 12 Committee of the Whole meeting, and requested council’s authorization to move forward.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 1:31 PM, 03.01.2018

Mayors and citizens share views with Charter Review Commission

During a nearly three-hour meeting of the Cleveland Heights Charter Review Commission on Feb. 15, 12 citizens spoke of their interest in changes to the way Cleveland Heights elects its leaders.

Among those who spoke were John Zagara, owner of Zagara’s Marketplace; Bill Mitchell, former owner of Mitchell’s Fine Chocolates; Kermit Lind, an attorney and professor; Bruce Hennes, a communications consultant; and Paul Volpe, an architect.

Lind told the commission that the challenges facing inner-ring suburbs like Cleveland Heights have changed dramatically in the past 40 years. “Local governments now need to be more nimble, creative, collaborative and wary of external factors that cause instability and deterioration of the physical environment,” Lind said. He also stated that Cleveland Heights government is not as effective as it once was.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 12:00 PM, 02.20.2018

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 2-5-2018

FEBRUARY 5, 2018

  • Public comments
  • Zoning requests
  • Zoning fees
  • Top of the Hill
  • Citizen appointments
  • February recognitions
  • Council Member comments
     

Council members present were Mayor Carol Roe, Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow, Mary Dunbar, Kahlil Seren, Jason Stein, Cheryl L. Stephens and Michael N. Ungar.

 

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 9:26 PM, 02.20.2018

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 1-16-2018

JANUARY 16, 2018

  • Public comments
  • Project bids
  • Zoning code amendments
  • 2017 wage and salary ordinance amendment
  • Income tax amendment
  • Water agreement amendment
  • Charter Review Commission
  • Martin Luther King Jr. celebration
  • Mayor’s comments

Council members present were Mayor Carol Roe, Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow, Mary Dunbar, Kahlil Seren and Jason Stein. Cheryl L. Stephens and Michael N. Ungar were absent. The meeting lasted from 7:32 to 8:13 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 9:05 PM, 02.20.2018

CH Council members see no need to change form of government

Four members of Cleveland Heights City Council, who spoke at Jan. 18 and Feb. 1 meetings of the city’s Charter Review Commission (CRC), all share the opinion that the city’s current council-manager form of government is working well, and there is no need to change the city charter to allow for a popularly elected mayor.

At each of the two meetings, CRC members interviewed two of the four council members—Mary Dunbar, Carol Roe, Mike Ungar and Melissa Yasinow—for 45 minutes. The Feb. 1 meeting was, in effect, a continuation of the Jan. 18 meeting. Council members Roe and Ungar were interviewed at the first meeting, and Dunbar and Yasinow were interviewed at the second. Prior to the meetings, each of those council members responded in writing to a questionnaire distributed by the commission. As of the Feb. 1 meeting, council members Cheryl Stephens, Kahlil Seren and Jason Stein had not returned the questionnaire.

CRC members asked the CH council members if they believe that a popularly elected mayor would be able to lead Cleveland Heights more boldly, more decisively, or with greater vision than the current system of a seven-member council and its appointed city manager.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 10:53 AM, 02.06.2018

CH City Council identifies priorities for 2018

At its Jan. 22 meeting, Cleveland Heights City Council discussed priorities for the 2018 year. Although the members of council did not change as a result of the 2017 election, council did elect a new mayor and vice mayor at its first meeting of the year on Jan. 2, perhaps signaling a change in direction.

Cleveland Heights has a council-manager form of government, which means that the mayor and vice mayor are the president and vice president of city council, and are elected every two years by their peers on council, rather than by the public. A professional manager, who serves at the will of city council and is not elected by the public, operates the city.

Carol Roe, the city’s new mayor, is a registered nurse and licensed attorney who lives in the Noble neighborhood. She was elected to council in 2015, and is chair of council’s Administrative Services Committee.

 

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 10:14 AM, 01.30.2018

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 1-2-2018

JANUARY 2, 2018

  • New council terms
  • New mayor and vice mayor
  • New municipal judge
  • Council member comments
  • Public comment—bottled water
  • Gas aggregation
  • Civil immigration law panel discussion
  • Development projects 

 

Council members present were Mary Dunbar, Carol Roe, Kahlil Seren, Jason Stein, Cheryl L. Stephens, Michael N. Ungar, and Melissa Yasinow. The meeting lasted from 7:34-8:53 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 3:06 PM, 02.06.2018