Mike Pierce had served the longest of those and was recognized for 35 years of service. Those recognized for 30 years of service were Greg Hooper and Larry Bryant. Jeff Tilley, Brent Runyon and Steve Weber were honored for 25 years of service. Recognized for 20 years of service were Carolyn Stevison and Avery Johnson. Mike Moses, who has worked for the city for 25 years, was unable to attend.
“It is people like these who make our city a good place to live, who provide the services to taxpayers and the citizens,” Rowland said. “We appreciate all of you. Thank you for your service.”
The mayor attributed the city’s recent favorable ranking of 25 (from a previous 119) by Milken Institute’s “Best Performing Small Cities” to employees like those honored.
“I think we have a fine group of employees with the city of Cleveland and we are very fortunate to have great employees. I think that’s how we shine,” said 4th District Councilman David May.
During the meeting, the Council passed a rezoning request to change nearly 7 1/2 acres on McCann Drive from R2 Low Density Residential to R3 Multi-Family Residential.
Earlier Monday during a work session, councilmen heard an update on the Raider Dome gymnasium at Cleveland High School.
Cleveland City Schools Director Martin Ringstaff said the Raider Dome remains off limits to students and staff, due to “grave structural concern” about its outer walls, due to the weight of the structure. Ringstaff said there are no metal reinforcements in the walls, putting stress on the brick and block walls.
“A 30-mph wind could blow and crinkle it and it would fall like dominoes,” Ringstaff said.
May said he wanted a full history of the structure to be compiled. Ringstaff said the information has been gathered, including the original blueprints.
“At this point we are meeting with various architects and engineers to decide the next step. More than likely we will have to bring the dome down. That has not been decided but that seems to be what all the recommendations are at this point,” Ringstaff said.
Councilman At-Large Richard Banks said the ad hoc committee studying funding options for a new elementary school should include exploring funding options to address the Raider Dome situation.
The Council also passed:
n New ordinances establishing limits of debt to be incurred for electricity and water and wastewater systems. A limit of $3,625,000 was set for electric systems and a limit of $2,750,000 was set for water and wastewater. The Council also established a charge of 15 cents per standard size page of a black-and-white copy of a public record or 50 cents per color copy of a public record.
n Several changes to city boards. The Council accepted Dr. Robert Taylor’s resignation from the Animals Shelter Advisory Board. Susan Card and Robbie Williams were reappointed to the Fletcher Park board. James Bailey and Janie More were reappointed to the Parks Advisory Board. Kent Berry and Avery Johnson were reappointed to the Stormwater Board.