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Cleveland Heights City Hall & Community Center will be closed on Monday, December 26, 2022.

Happy Holidays!

The Cleveland Heights Community Center will be open as a 24-hour warming center this weekend.

For more information about staying safe during this weekend's winter weather event, please click here.


Mayor Kahlil Seren has issued an emergency parking ban on all Cleveland Heights streets.


The parking of any vehicle, except for the immediate loading or unloading of passengers, is prohibited for the duration of this emergency on all streets and highways within the City


Any vehicle parked on a Cleveland Heights street during an emergency parking ban may be towed at the owner's expense.


The only exceptions to the emergency parking ban are streets that are exempt from from Cleveland Heights’ overnight parking ban. These exemptions were enacted to accommodate residents who have no access to off-street parking. For a list of streets that are exempt from the overnight parking ban and emergency parking bans, please refer to Cleveland Heights Codified Ordinance 351.09.


For an Open Council Seat and

Charter Review Commission Members

Cleveland Heights City Council is seeking applicants for a vacant City Council seat and for members of the newly formed Charter Review Commission. Information about both positions is available online by clicking the buttons below.

More information about applying for City Council
 More information about applying for the Charter Review Commission

The deadline for applying for these positions is

5:00 pm on Friday, January 6, 2023.

Cleveland Heights City Council approves 2023 budget

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio -- Council approved the city's 2023 budget last week, with a General Fund balance of $53.1 million and a cash reserve still accumulating from another one of those "anomaly" years.

The city started out this year with a pared-down General Fund of only $45 million -- about $7 million lower than 2021 -- then stayed there under the new elected-mayor form of government...


Why Cleveland Heights was able to change speed limits on some local roads

Typically, when an Ohio city wants to deviate from the state's statutory speed limit, it must go through an approval process with the Ohio Department of Transportation. But sometimes, a city can circumnavigate that process, like Cleveland Heights did in dropping the speed limit to 25 mph on five roads beginning Wednesday.

In an effort to make its streets safer, Cleveland Heights City Council passed an ordinance to re-classify these stretches of “through streets,” which have a speed limit of 35 mph to “non-through streets.” This reclassification does not need to be approved by the Ohio Department of Transportation, nor do speed tests required for the speed limit drop, an ODOT spokesman said...


The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay, Poetry, and Poster Contest is Open to K-12 Students

2020 poetry winner Gabriel McKay, 8th Grade, Monticello Middle School, with former Cleveland Heights City Council member Mike Ungar.

The contest is open to all K-12 students who live or attend school in Cleveland Heights, and the DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS is Wednesday, January 11, 2023.

All K-12 students from Cleveland Heights (public, private, parochial, and home-schooled) are invited to enter essays, poems, or posters that address the following prompt:

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an activist for racial equity, economic justice, and an end to war. What work does our society still need to do on these issues, and how will you help carry on Dr. King’s legacy?

Essays and poems should be no more than 500 words in length. If they wish, students may submit entries in more than one category.

Essays, poems, and posters will be judged by the City, and contest winners will be invited to the City’s annual Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Thursday, January 19, 2023, at 7:00 pm at the Cleveland Heights Community Center to read their poems and essays and explain their posters. Winners also will receive a certificate and have their photograph taken with the Mayor and City Council.

Photographs will appear in the City’s social media and print publications, and posters, essays, and poems will hang in the City Hall Atrium throughout Black History Month in February 2023.

Essays and poems should be submitted as text or pdf documents; poster entries may be submitted as digital photos or image files. We will arrange to pick up hard copies of entries from students who are unable to submit them through the online form. Students must fill out all the required fields so that we can contact the winners and include their correct information in the ceremony program and other media.

If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Rosenblatt at or 216-291-2854.

Artists sought for 2023 Cain Park Arts Fest

The 46th annual Cain Park Arts Fest in Cleveland Heights is looking for artists for its show on July 7, 2023. Artists interested in participating in next year's Arts Fest can view the application requirements and apply at Applications are due by March 3, 2023.


Sharing memories before final spin at Record Revolution in Cleveland Heights

One of the country's oldest independent record stores shuts down at the end of the year: Record Revolution has been a fixture in Cleveland's music scene for more than five decades, withstanding changes from vinyl to cassettes and CDs to streaming and back to vinyl. Now, there’s just a few days left for its customers to visit the store on Coventry Road.

Read more and listen on

Cleveland Heights butcher gets holiday sales boost. Have consumers turned a corner?

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio (WOIO) - Brisket, tenderloin, and especially prepared foods are flying out the door this holiday season at Mister Brisket in Cleveland Heights.

"Crazy," said owner Hank Kornblut. "Whatever's going on, people still have money and they still want to spend money."

Read more and watch on

Next Cleveland Heights City Council Meeting

There are no more regularly scheduled Cleveland Heights City Council meetings scheduled in 2022. City Council has scheduled a special meeting at 1:00 am on Tuesday, December 27, 2022.

The first full City Council meeting of 2023 will be held on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, at 7:30 pm, in the Council Chamber at Cleveland Heights City Hall. The full meeting will be proceeded by a Committee of the Whole meeting at 6:00 pm in the Executive Conference Room on the second floor of City Hall.

This meeting will be streamed live and may be viewed on the City's YouTube channel. The agendas for the meetings may be found on the City's website.

This Week at Cleveland Heights City Hall


Christmas Day Observed

Cleveland Heights City Hall offices and Community Center offices are closed.


Special City Council Meeting

11:00 am

Council Chambers


Racial Justice Task Force—Health and Education Subcommittee

6:00 pm


Racial Justice Task Force

7:00 pm


No Holiday Lights in Recycling Carts


Please DO NOT put used holiday lights in your recycling bin.

Instead, bring them to the Service Garage, 14200 Superior Road, or donate them to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's Lights for Lions program.

Drop-off bins for the Lights for Lions program are located at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, 2600 South Park Boulevard; the Heights Libraries Lee Road Branch, 2345 Lee Road; and in the Millikin neighborhood at 1541 Maple Road. Please do notinclude any bags or other packaging when dropping the lights and cords in the bins.

Also, No Fireplace Ashes in Your Carts


Ashes from fireplaces and wood stoves should never be included with trash or placed in plastic trash carts. We have already had one report this season of a melted refuse cart.


This summer, someone put grill ashes in their refuse cart, which ignited a fire in a transfer trailer while it was connected inside the transfer station. (See photo)


Please use the guidelines below, which have been provided by the Cleveland Heights Fire Department, when disposing of fireplace or stove ashes.

Make Sure Your Home is Safe While You're Away During the Holidays

Submit an Away-From-Home Request

With the Cleveland Heights Police

The Cleveland Heights Police Department will conduct periodic security checks on occupied homes that will be unoccupied for short periods of time due to vacation or work travel.

To register for this service please fill out this online form.

You also may download a pdf of this form and email the completed version to or mail it to CHPD OIC, 40 Severance Circle, Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118.

Homeowners: Please realize that the Cleveland Heights Police Department and the City of Cleveland Heights do not assume any liability for any loss or damage to your property during the specified period.

Don't Go Hungry for the Holidays

Use Heights Libraries' Food Resource Calendar

To Find Food Resources Near You

Heights Libraries provides resources related to unemployment, food insecurity, housing insecurity, and physical and mental health challenges.


If you or someone you know needs help finding food this holiday season, please share the Heights Libraries’ Food Resources Calendar for December 2022. The library updates this calendar each month and makes it available on its Community Resources page.

Space Heater Safety Tips

Please follow the safety recommendations from the National Fire Protection Association, which the Cleveland Heights Fire Department has provided below.

Space heaters can be very dangerous if used improperly. On Wednesday this week, one person died in a fire in Shaker Heights that was caused by a space heater.

Stay warm AND stay safe.

Upcoming Blood Drives

At Heights Libraries Lee Road Branch

Please schedule a time to donate today!

Blood Drive Dates and Times

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

12:00 pm—6:00 pm


Wednesday, January 4, 2023

10:00 am—4:00 pm


Tuesday, January 10, 2023

10:00 am—4:00 pm


Wednesday, January 18, 2023

10:00 am—4:00 pm


Cleveland Heights Library

2345 Lee Road

Heights Arts seeks next CH poet laureate

Heights Arts initiated the Cleveland Heights poet laureate program more than 20 years ago. It is now seeking the city's 11th poet laureate to serve a two-year term, April 2023 through March 2025—Heights Arts’ 25th anniversary. The Cleveland Heights poet laureate receives a yearly stipend, participates in civic and community events, and manages Heights Arts’ popular Ekphrastacy—Artists Talk and Poets Respond series.

Heights Arts is accepting applications for the position through Dec. 31. Anyone applying for the laureateship must commit to serve the full 24-month term of service if selected and be either a resident of Cleveland Heights or have a significant relationship to the Cleveland Heights community. 

Detailed information, along with the application. can be found at


2023 program dates are Sundays, January 22, February 5, February 26, March 12, and March 26 from 3pm-6pm. Participants must commit to attending all five sessions to be accepted into the program.

Workshop sessions will take place at FutureHeights, located in the Coventry P.E.A.C.E., 2843 Washington Boulevard.

Deadline to apply: Friday, January 13, 2023.


The City of Cleveland Heights is Hiring!

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Job openings in the Police Department, City Hall, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, and other departments may be found on the Cleveland Heights Job Opportunities webpage.

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