Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Shaker Heights Adjacent Side Lot Program allows homeowners to buy vacant, city-owned lots in their neighborhood for a steal
Wednesday, April 24
By Megan Earle Megan Earle is a college student studying journalism. This story appears through PatchU, a Patch program whose mission is to create opportunities for students to garner hands-on news experience. A Daleford Road couple can start landscaping their newly owned 6,265 square foot lot after Shaker Heights City Council approved its $200 sale Monday. Sales like these may sound like the city giving away valuable property — this property was appraised at $18,600 — but city officials said the Adjacent Side Lot Program allows homeowners to lift the burden of maintaining vacant lots that the city would likely not profit on for decades. Like this couple, homeowners in Shaker Heights can apply for the 54 vacant city-owned …
Council approves measure unanimously
The city of Shaker Heights has approved two new agreements with Cleveland for water service. Shaker Heights first entered into an agreement for Cleveland to take over the city's water distribution lines in 1981. Since then, Cleveland has maintained and provided water through the lines to Shaker Heights. The new agreement stipulates that Cleveland spend at least $10 million per year on suburban waterline work, and its term is 20 years, instead of the 10-year-term agreed to in the last contract. Since 2008, Shaker Heights received over $5.6 million in new waterlines on 20 streets. Council passed the resolution unanimously.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
City will grant a $250,000 forgivable loan to Equity Engineering, who will buy part of Tower East to keep business in Shaker Heights
Shaker Heights City Council approved a $250,000 forgivable loan to Equity Engineering for improvements and maintenance to Tower East at Monday’s meeting. The company, which has 60 employees whose payroll generated $115,000 in income tax to the city last year, will buy the top three floors of the building for its offices for $3 million. Last year, said city officials, the company planned to leave Shaker Heights. Equity Engineering was considering buying its own office building in Cleveland due to complaints over Tower East’s previous owners’ lack of investment in the building, said Economic Development Director Tania Menesse. But then the building changed owners and Rosemont Properties, the new owner of the building, made repairs. Last year…
Monday, April 22, 2013
Council meets tonight at 7 p.m.
Shaker Heights City Council will consider a $250,000 loan to the owners of Tower East for interior and exterior improvements at tonight's meeting. Council meets at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers. Meetings are open to the public. See the full agenda here.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Council approves measure to accept money on behalf of county task force
Shaker Heights City Council approved a measure to accept a $1.6 million grant on behalf* of the Ohio High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program. The city is the fiduciary of the program for Cuyahoga County. Ohio HIDTA is funded by the Office of National Drug Control Policy and includes Cuyahoga, Lucas, Mahoning, Stark and Summit counties. The Cuyahoga County task force includes one officer from Shaker Heights as well as agents from other cities, including Euclid, Cleveland Heights, Cleveland and East Cleveland. They work to reduce drug distribution and money laundering organizations, reduce the impact of illicit drugs and the associated violent crimes in the Ohio HIDTA region and undermine the development of violent gangs that traffic …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Council will have work session in lieu of regular council meeting tonight.
Shaker Heights City Council will not meet for a regular meeting tonight. The council announced Friday that the regular meeting is cancelled. The group will meet for a work session, which is open to the public, but during which no votes will be taken. The work session begins at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Boom Inc., which has done projects for the city and the Shaker Historical Society, will produce Shaker Life for the next three years.
A contractor will produce, design and lay out Shaker Life magazine for at least the next three years. The city agreed to a three-year professional services contract with Boom Inc. for $101,500. Boom is led by Deborah Edwards and David Meeker. Edwards has already worked with the city's Communications and Outreach Department on various graphic design projects and has also worked with the Shaker Historical Society. Residents can expect to see six issues of the magazine in 2013, but the publication will be issued on a quarterly basis in the following two years. Communications & Outreach Director Victoria Blank asked Boom and another applicant to produce a new cover. She was wowed by Boom's results. "They bring a contemporary and fresh look to …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Members of the celebrations steering committee were among those honored with a resolution from Shaker Heights City Council
After more than a year of planning, promoting and event hosting for Shaker's 100th birthday, committee members, honorary chairs, volunteers and their leader received moments of praise and recognition Monday night. Shaker Heights City Council passed a resolution to express appreciation for the chairs and members of the Centennial Steering Committee and Anne Williams, the woman the city hired to coordinate a year's worth of activities to celebrate a century of Shaker Heights history. Volunteers and the committee members packed the crowd at the council meeting, and gave Williams a standing ovation when she received an inscribed copy of the approved resolution. "It couldn't have been done without the support of everyone in the community, the …
Though officials have spoken, a few residents went to the city council podium to ask member to reconsider canceling the Fourth of July Fireworks
Shaker Heights officials canceled this year's July 4th fireworks celebration more than a month ago, but some residents still hope for a return. Three men spoke during a public portion of the city council meeting Monday night, and each one pleaded with council members and Mayor Earl Leiken to reconsider their decision. One man even showed council a poster his young daughter made asking the city to "please save the fireworks." "One of the few events we look forward to in my community is the fireworks show," said Paul Allen, a resident who lives on Sydenham Road near the fireworks site at Shaker Heights Middle School. "In a corny way, looking up (at the fireworks), it just really connected with the fact that I live in this wonderful, small …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Tonight's meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.
Those who played a part in the year-long celebration of Shaker's centennial celebration will receive formal recognition this evening. The first item on Shaker Heights City Council's agenda is a resolution expressing appreciation for Anne Williams, the honorary chairs and members of the Centennial Steering Committee and the volunteers who helped organize and run a slew of events during 2012. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at Shaker Heights City Hall. Council will also consider two contracts totaling more than $140,000. One is for Boom Inc. to design and produce Shaker Life magazine for nearly three years, while the other would pay LiefKarson Public Relations to run the city's public relations and marketing campaigns. Council will also vote…