The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 or ARPA is a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill to speed up the United States' recovery from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
ARPA funds provide eligible state and local governments with a substantial infusion of resources to meet the needs of responding to the pandemic and rebuild a stronger and more equitable economy.
The City of Cleveland Heights was awarded $38.8 million in State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds and has been working to identify eligible projects. The City has already allocated $18 million for sewer projects, $10 million for revenue replacement, and $460,000 for premium pay to first responders during the height of the pandemic.
On Thursday, July 28, at 6:30 pm, the City of Cleveland Heights will hold a public meeting at the Cleveland Heights Community Center, 1 Monticello Boulevard, about how the City should prioritize its remaining ARPA funds. The City will be asking residents to fill out a public input form to prioritize different possible areas of investment and to suggest specific ways its remaining ARPA funds might be spent.
Please join us to find out more information about ARPA funding and share with us your thoughts about how Cleveland Heights should invest these funds.
Important Information about
Special Assessment and Local Income Tax
Each year, the City of Cleveland Heights assesses a fee on every parcel of property located on a dedicated street within its boundaries to pay for street lighting, snow plowing, street sweeping, street maintenance, and the City’s forestry program.
This special assessment is included property owners’ property tax bills. Cleveland Heights property owners have paid this assessment for more than 40 years, and the special assessment rate has not increased since 2014.
State of Ohio law requires the City to notify by certified mail any property owner whose special assessment fee will exceed $500 over the next two-year period. The City mailed these letters to property owners in June.
You can also look up information about your property on Cuyahoga County’s MyPlace page by typing in your address, name, or parcel number. Since the assessment rate has not increased, this year’s special assessment will equal the amount you paid last year.
RITA Non-Filing Notices
The Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA) mailed Non-Filing Notices to taxpayers who neglected to file a municipal income tax return. These letters list the documents that need to be filed.
If you happened to have received one of these notices, you have three ways to send RITA the documents listed in the letter:
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign on the first Tuesday of August each year that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie all across the country.
National Night Out helps make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live and provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.
Cleveland Heights celebrates National Night Out by connecting our residents with city services and our safety forces. This year’s National Night Out is Tuesday, August 2nd, and Cleveland Heights’ event will be held from 6:00–9:00 pm in front of the Community Center, One Monticello Boulevard.
National Night Out is a FREE, family-fun-friendly event for all ages, sponsored by the City of Cleveland Heights, the Cleveland Heights Police Department, and the Cleveland Heights Fire Department.
This year’s night out will feature a cook-out with kosher and non-kosher grills and vegan options, gifts for kids, a bounce house, a bicycle raffle, CHPD K9 officers, and a Touch-a-Truck event involving police cars, firetrucks, the SWAT vehicle, the Bomb Squad truck, and Public Works Department vehicles.
Come to National Night Out to introduce your kids to the safety officers who protect their community!
The Cleveland Heights Youth Scholarship Fund was established to help ensure all children in Cleveland Heights have opportunities to participate in our city’s great community recreational programs. The Youth Scholarship Fund is funded solely by private donors and more than half the money for these scholarships has been raised through the annual Cleveland Heights Happy 5k/10k Race.
The Happy 5k/10k showcases the best of Cleveland Heights. It starts with an “All are Welcome” one-mile fun run/walk for all ages. Then, racers compete on a 5k/10k course through the streets of Cleveland Heights. You can see the course map here.
Runners can race as individuals and as part of merchant-sponsored teams—and many compete in costume! Awards are granted for top finishers in age categories, for the largest and fastest merchant teams, and for best costume.
During the first four years of the race we have raised more than $40,000, which has paid for more than 300 community recreation scholarships. Because of COVID-19, we haven’t been able to hold a Happy 5k/10k since 2019 and the Youth Scholarship Fund has had to stretch its resources. If you're a runner (or would like to be one) we can use your help!
This year’s 6th Annual Happy 5k/10k race will take place on Sunday, October 2, 2022.
To register, please visit the Happy 5k/10k registration page. Registration prices increase as of August 2nd, so register now to save money—and still support a great cause!
The Coventry Street Festival Returns!
The Coventry Street Festival returns tomorrow, July 23 from 1:00–6:00 pm, with food, music sidewalk sales, and fun-filled activities, including a bounce house, carnival games, a raffle, free face painting and airbrush tattoos, circus performers, bubble games, free family crafts and activities, and a screen printing station.
And once the sun goes down, you can watch the 2021 animated Disney film, Encanto, in the Coventry PEACE Park.
The Coventry Street Festival is free and All are Welcome!
What Would You Like to See at the Taylor Tudors?
Ice Cream! Ice Cream! We all scream for ice cream!
During this year’s Cain Park Arts Festival, hundreds of Cleveland Heights residents shared their thoughts about what they’d like to see happen with the Taylor Tudor buildings along Taylor Road.
People expressed overwhelming enthusiasm for renovating and revitalizing the Taylor Tudors and they had some pretty passionate responses about what they would like to see there.
But preliminary results are in!
Spoiler alert: People want ice cream! And a kosher ice cream parlor would really satisfy some cravings!
People have shared so many great ideas and we know there are more out there! Please continue to share your thoughts with the developer at TaylorTudors.com.
Special thanks to all the longtime residents who shared so many heartfelt stories about their past experiences at the Tudors and to our newer residents who are looking forward to creating their own memories!
The Person Peering into Your Recycling/Refuse Carts is a Professional
During the next six weeks, city employees will survey trash collection routes to determine the progress of our new automated collection program and continue educating residents so that we may experience the full benefits of this program.
Please don’t be alarmed if you see someone lifting the tops to your carts. All employees conducting this survey will be wearing safety vests and have identification. You may receive a reminder if you are not placing your trash or recycling out correctly.
⚠️ ROAD WORK ALERT ⚠️
On Monday, July 18, Cleveland Heights, in partnership with NOACA & CuyahogaCounty’s Department of Public Works, began Phase 1 of new roadway rehabilitation/safety improvements along Superior Road.
Superior Road will be closed to through traffic between Lee and Mayfield Roads (local access only). The City advises motorists to seek alternative routes and use caution in the area during construction.
Phase 1 improvements will be completed in time for the beginning of school in mid-August and include pavement resurfacing, spot curb replacement, base repairs, ADA-accessible curb ramps, drainage structures, and utility hole adjustments.
Your Help is Desperately Needed!
Cleveland Heights Blood Drive
In June, the Red Cross collected approximately 12% fewer blood donations than needed to sustain a sufficient blood supply—one of the largest blood donation shortfalls in a single month in recent years.
Heights residents have four opportunities to donate blood during the coming weeks:
For questions about blood donor eligibility, please call 1-866-236-3276.
HEART in the Heights Raffle
HEART in the Heights is a local business raffle to support the arts during the entire month of July.
Twenty-seven Heights businesses have pledged to raise $1,000 for Heights Arts by contributing raffle items of $50 or more and inviting customers and patrons to purchase raffle tickets to win the items.
All raffle ticket proceeds will benefit Heights Arts and provide funding for its literary, musical, and visual arts programming. Winners will be announced live from Heights Arts on August 7, 2022, at 7:00 p.m.
The Heights Arts board, five Cleveland Heights City Council members, and Zagara’s Marketplace have contributed a total of $2,000 to create a grand prize package for four winners—one grand prize winner of $800 (16, $50 gift certificates) and three value prize winners of $400 (eight, $50 gift certificates) of their choice from participating businesses.
Raffle tickets are $5 per entry with an extra entry for every $15 spent. They can be purchased on-site at each participating business, or by selecting the raffle item from the Heights Arts website at www.heightsarts.org/heartintheheights.
The Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District is Now Hiring Academic Success Tutors