City Council meets Monday

By LARRY C. BOWERS Staff Writer
Posted 9/23/17

By LARRY C. BOWERS

Staff Writer

Cleveland City Council will meet Monday to consider several presentations, petitions and communications, as well as seven items on the consent agenda, new …

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City Council meets Monday

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Cleveland City Council will meet Monday to consider several presentations, petitions and communications, as well as seven items on the consent agenda, new business items and ordinances, and an appointment to the Cleveland Airport Authority to replace longtime member Verrill Norwood, who is at the end of his current term this week.

The Council will meet at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Norwood, who also volunteers with other City of Cleveland boards and organizations, is expected to be replaced by Ben Chandler for a five-year term. Chandler, a pilot, was nominated by Airport Authority Chairman Lou Patten.

There will also be an announcement that city offices will be closed on Monday, Oct. 9, for Columbus Day. The next City Council meeting will be Monday, Oct. 23.

City Manager Joe Fivas will have updates and a discussion and outline of the city’s Community Planning Initiative; a discussion and presentation on the possible purchase and ongoing negotiations with the owners of the old and historic Cherokee Hotel (now Summit Apartments); and proposed options for the Downtown Building Code.

City Council members will have the opportunity for reports and comments from their constituents and respective districts.

There will be two public hearings Monday, which will be followed by a vote of approval.

One public hearing is soliciting comments on a request to rezone .46 acres at 3010 Henderson Avenue N.W. from Professional Institutional to Low Density Single and Multi-Family. The second hearing is for comments concerning the Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation for the 2016-17 Community Development Block Grant Program and 2018 Action Plan.

On the consent agenda:

• The abandonment of a portion of excess right of way on Linda Avenue at 2nd Street;

• Amending a section of the zoning regulations to create provisions which allow mini-warehouses which are internally accessed as a principally permitted use within the General Highway Zoning District;

• Rezoning five acres described as Unity Subdivision located on Unity Drive from Light Industrial Zoning and Low Density Single and multi-Family Residential to Single Family Residential;

• Amending the sign regulations of PUD 16 located at Cleveland Towne Center on Paul Huff Parkway, Frontage Road, and Interstate 75;

• Approving a Memorandum of Understanding with Cleveland City Schools pertaining to the School Resource Officer Program;

• Amending personnel rules and regulations relating to the Employee Assistance Program and Drug and Alcohol Testing/Abuse policy;.

• Authorizing Mayor Tom Rowland to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the United States Marine Corps to conduct required training within the city.

New business and ordinances include:

• Council’s consideration to purchase the old Cherokee Hotel;

• Authorizing the mayor to sign a new lease agreement with the Cleveland Amateur Radio Club;

• Amending city code pertaining to hours for building operations;

• The Henderson Avenue rezoning; and

• The city requirement for wearing seat belts. This proposal will increase the subjective fine from $25 to $30 for a first offense.

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