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Cleveland Heights Holds 2023 Budget Hearings

This week, the Seren Administration presented its draft 2023 budget to Cleveland Heights City Council for its consideration. The draft budget legislation is available here.

Watch the Tuesday, November 15, 2022 budget hearing.


Topic: Budget Overview

Watch the Wednesday, November 16, 2022 budget hearing.


Topics:

  • Fire Department
  • Police Department
  • Finance Department
  • IT Department

Watch the Thursday, November 17, 2022 budget hearing.


Topics:

  • Planning and Economic Development Department
  • Parks and Recreation Department
  • Law Department


The next budget hearing will be held on Monday, November 21, 2022, at 11:30 am.

It's Snow Plowing Season Again

The Cleveland Heights Service Department is armed and ready for this year’s winter snow plowing season!

 

During heavy snowfall events, plow trucks are directed onto main streets first and may be forced to stay on main streets until the snow subsides. Once the main streets are passable, trucks then plow side streets. Cleveland Heights applies de-icing agents on main streets, school zones, hills, and intersections. During extreme ice events, measures will be taken to ensure that all roads are passable.  

 

To ensure a safe and successful season clearing the City’s roadways, the department asks that residents and motorists observe the following guidelines:

 

When you are driving during winter conditions:

  • Plan to leave early and allow extra travel time to your destination.
  • If winter weather is severe, don’t go out unless it is absolutely necessary. Err on the side of caution and stay home.
  • Check to ensure your vehicle’s tires are properly inflated and have a safe tread depth. It is recommended that motorists maintain a minimum of 5/32” to provide traction and tire adhesion to wet or snowy roads.
  • Always clear all the snow off your vehicle, and never drive with snow piled on top of the car. Snow from the top of your vehicle may slide forward and obstruct your view of the road.
  • Check to ensure that you have working/functional windshield wipers and sufficient windshield washer fluid. Carry extra windshield washer fluid in your trunk, just in case.
  • Carry a snow brush/ice scraper, an extra pair of gloves, a winter hat, and a small shovel in your vehicle in case you get stuck in the snow.
  • Check your vehicle lights to ensure that all headlamps, tail lamps, brake lights, turn signals, and flashers are properly working.
  • If your vehicle becomes stuck on the road, immediately turn on your 4-way flashers and NEVER EXIT YOUR VEHICLE ABRUPTLY.
  • Always Keep your cell phone charged and on hand.


When clearing snow at your home

  • Please do not throw snow from driveways and sidewalks into the street, and do not block sidewalks while plowing your driveway.
  • During heavy snow events, please refrain from parking vehicles in the street and/or near the edge of the driveway and the street. Doing so can slow clearing operations.
  • Please DO NOT place your trash carts in the street.

 

While driving

  • Use caution and slow your speed when driving on freshly fallen snow or snow that has not been plowed.
  • Do not attempt to pass plow trucks. Plow drivers are constantly observing all condconstantly observeometimes may have to swerve around parked cars or obstacles in the road.
  • Do not follow closer than 25 feet from the rear of a plow truck. Plow drivers may be forced to slow down or stop suddenly to protect pedestrians on the sidewalk from thrown snow.
  • Never attempt to overtake a tandem plow operation. Trucks may be plowing in tandem or even 3 or 4 at a time. Maintain a 25-foot distance from the rear-most truck.

 

For additional winter driving tips and resources, check out:

 

 

The Service Department looks forward to serving you this upcoming winter season. For questions or concerns, contact the Cleveland Heights Service Department at 216-691-7300 or visit www.clevelandheights.gov/publicworks.

Loose Leaf Pick-Up—Week Three

The map below shows upcoming dates for leaf pick-up in different parts of the city.


  • Blue indicates areas where the first leaf pick-up has been completed.
  • Green indicates pick-up is underway.

Leaf collection schedule map as of Thursday, November 18, 2022

These dates may change depending on the number of fallen leaves, weather, and other factors.

To get the most current leaf collection schedule, please click on the Cleveland Heights Leaf Collection app button. 

Use the Cleveland Heights Leaf Collection App

The online app displays a map of the city that is updated daily to show where leaf collection has been completed and when future collections will take place. It also allows you to get the updated collection schedule for your address.


LEAVES WILL BE PICKED UP IN EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD TWICE.


If snow begins to fall during the loose-leaf collection season, it becomes nearly impossible to maintain the collection schedule. Light snow or rain reduces the efficiency of the leaf collection operation. Leaves that are completely covered by snow cannot be collected. 


Leaf pick-up is scheduled through Friday, December 9. Weather and time permitting, the Department of Public Works MAY be able to collect leaves a third time, but we strongly advise residents to try to get all of their leaves to their tree lawn by their neighborhood's second pick-up date.


Once the Department of Public Works has completed its loose-leaf collection on December 9, it cannot come out again to collect leaves. After December 9, the equipment for leaf collection will be converted for removing snow and will not be available for leaf collection until Spring 2023.

IMPORTANT LEAF COLLECTION INFORMATION


  • PLEASE DO NOT PLACE LEAVES IN BAGS OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING BROWN KRAFT PAPER BAGS. Instead, please rake or blow your loose leaves ONTO YOUR TREE LAWN. 


  • Please do not rake or blow leaves into the street. Putting your leaves in the street creates a safety hazard and can block sewer drains, which may cause flooding


  • It is illegal to burn leaves in the City of Cleveland Heights.


  • If your tree lawn is damaged during leaf collection, please call the Department of Public Works at (216) 691-7300, and the city will repair it in the spring. 

Next Cleveland Heights City Council Meeting


The next full City Council meeting will be held on Monday, November 21, 2022, at 7:30 pm, immediately following the Council Committee of the Whole meeting, which will be held at 6:00 pm.


All of these meetings 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


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2022

Public Safety and Health Committee

10:00 am

Executive Conference Room


Budget Hearings - Council Committee of the Whole

11:00 am

Council Chambers


Municipal Services and Environmental Sustainability Committee

4:30 pm

Executive Conference Room


Council Committee of the Whole

6:00 pm

Executive Conference Room


City Council Meeting

7:30 pm

Council Chambers


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2022

Transportation and Environmental Sustainability Committee

7:00 pm

Online

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2022

Thanksgiving Day

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


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2022

Cleveland Heights City Hall Offices will be closed.

Cleveland Heights Community Center will be open but with reduced hours: 9:00 am–1:00 pm.

Reminders

Upcoming Vaccine Clinic at the Community Center

Pre-sign-up is required. Anyone who needs help signing up for a vaccine clinic may call the Senior Activity Center at (216) 691-7377 for assistance.

"You Talk I Listen" with Cleveland Heights Councilwoman Davida Russell

Saturday, November 19, 2022, 10:30 am–12:30 pm

Disciples Christian Church, 3663 Mayfield Road


Cleveland Heights Councilwoman Davida Russell, Future Heights, Cleveland Heights Judge J. J. Costello, and lawyer Lon'Cherie Billingsley come together to provide education and assistance to Cleveland Heights tenants, landlords, and homeowners.


Need to know your rights as a tenant or landlord?

Need rental, utility, Or tax assistance?

Need Legal Help?

 

Then You Don't Want To Miss This Event!

More public forums upcoming for Doan Brook restoration

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio -- Further public forums on the future of Horseshoe Lake Park will be held in the coming weeks.


This announcement comes after the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) collected more than 800 community survey responses regarding what residents would like to see at the park once the failing dam is removed.

Read more on Cleveland.com

Doan Brook Restoration Near Horseshoe Lake Park

UPCOMING MEETINGS

 

Virtual Public Meeting

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

6:00–7:30 pm

Register

 

Public Engagement Open House

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Shaker Heights Public Library

16500 Van Aken Boulevard

10:30 am–1:00 pm

Volunteer for the Nine Mile Creek Stream Sweep

Saturday, November 19, 2022

10:00 am–12:00 pm

Meet at 10 am in the Denison Park parking lot, 1015 Quarry Drive, for a season-ending cleanup of the Nine Mile Creek.


Wear waterproof shoes, and if you have pickers, please bring them! Some will be available along with plastic gloves and bags.


For questions or additional information, contact Elizabeth at 216-325-7781 or smith@doanbrookpartnership.org.

Nine Mile Creek gulch at Denison Park

Solar Tax Credits are Available for Homeowners and Businesses

If you've ever considered installing solar power for your home or business, now may be the time to act. The Solar Energy Technologies Office of the U.S. Department of Energy has released guides for homeowners and businesses to take advantage of recent changes in federal law that could allow you to deduct 30% of the cost of installation from your federal taxes.


Links to the two guides are provided below. Hat tip to Power a Clean Future Ohio for alerting us to these resources!

Homeowner's Guide to the Federal Tax Credit for Solar Photovoltaics

What is a tax credit?


A tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction in the amount of income tax you would otherwise owe. For example, claiming a $1,000 federal tax credit reduces your federal income taxes due by $1,000. The federal tax credit is sometimes referred to as an Investment Tax Credit, or ITC, though is different from the ITC offered to businesses that own solar systems.


What is the federal solar tax credit?


The federal residential solar energy credit is a tax credit that can be claimed on federal income taxes for a percentage of the cost of a solar PV system paid for by the taxpayer. (Other types of renewable energy are also eligible for similar credits but are beyond the scope of this guidance.)


The installation of the system must be completed during the tax year.


Solar PV systems installed in 2020 and 2021 are eligible for a 26% tax credit. In August 2022, Congress passed an extension of the ITC, raising it to 30% for the installation of which was between 2022-2032. (Systems installed on or before December 31, 2019 were also eligible for a 30% tax credit.) It will decrease to 26% for systems installed in 2033 and to 22% for systems installed in 2034. The tax credit expires starting in 2035 unless Congress renews it.


There is no maximum amount that can be claimed.

Read more at energy.gov

Federal Solar Tax Credits for Businesses

There are two tax credits available for businesses and other entities like nonprofits and local and tribal governments that purchase solar energy systems

:

  • The investment tax credit (ITC) is a tax credit that reduces the federal income tax liability for a percentage of the cost of a solar system that is installed during the tax year.
  • The production tax credit (PTC) is a per kilowatt-hour (kWh) tax credit for electricity generated by solar and other qualifying technologies for the first 10 years of a system’s operation. It reduces the federal income tax liability and is adjusted annually for inflation.
Read more at energy.gov

2022 WINTER RECREATION PROGRAMS

(Click on the header for more information or to register.)

Indoor Cycling

Forty-five minutes of cycling, a warm-up, a cool down, and 15 minutes of abdominal work and stretching. Be sure to bring a water bottle and mat.

Zumba

Add a Zumba® class to your weekly routine! Inspired by Latin dance and music, Zumba® uses a variety of styles in its routines, including Cumbia, Merengue, Salsa, Reggaeton, Mambo, Rumba, Flamenco, and Hip Hop. Music selection includes fast and slow rhythms to help tone and sculpt the body. You'll see why Zumba® Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise. Wear comfortable workout clothes, shoes that you can move in, and water and a towel because you will sweat!

Israeli Dance Class

Learn modern Israeli dances as danced today in Israel. This is a GREAT starting point if you have wanted to learn Israeli dance. No experience is required. Everyone is welcome, and the pace will be slow and easy to keep everyone moving. Classes will include circle dances and line dances.

Hatha Yoga

Yoga for all skill levels. This class covers the fundamentals of yoga for beginners, those returning to yoga, or anyone looking for a gentler approach to yoga. There will be an emphasis on the basics of poses, along with breathing and relaxation of the mind and body.

Winter Evening Barre WorkoutThe Barre class is back! For those who have not taken this kind of class, Barre combines elements of dance with the Pilates principles of strength and safety. This is a barefoot workout. Please wear comfortable workout clothes and bring an exercise mat, towel, and spill-proof water bottle. Please register a week before the start date!

Winter Mat Pilates

Pilates is a series of targeted exercises that strengthen muscles while improving postural alignment and flexibility generated from the core. Wear comfortable clothing and bring an exercise mat, towel, and water. Please register a week before the start date!

MARTIAL ARTS

Men's and Women's Tai Shin Doh Karate

This self-defense class is open to adults of all skill levels. Using Tai Shin Doh Karate as a base, this class provides practical knowledge of how to protect yourself during various real-world situations. From physical altercations to tripping and falling unexpectedly, you will learn how to react in a way that preserves your physical health. By the end of this class, you will improve your fitness, balance, flexibility, and mobility while also having a better understanding of how to keep yourself safe. This class also requires face masks to protect instructors and students from COVID-19.

 

Youth—Advanced Self-Defense/Tai Shin Doh Karate

This class is for students who have achieved at least a green belt in Tai Shin Doh. Students will learn to master the art of Tai Shin Doh.

 

Youth—Beginners Self-Defense/Tai Shin Doh Karate

Ages 6 & up. Children are taught control, discipline, awareness, responsibility, and consideration in a martial arts environment. This class is for beginners to yellow belts.

Adults—Kuk Sool Won™ (WKSA)

The Traditional Martial Art of Korea

Ages 14–75. Class includes Etiquette (Respectful Behavior); Rolling & Acrobatics; Safety Falls; Meditation Practice; Hand/Foot Striking & Blocking; Forms Training (Hyung); and Self Defense Techniques.


Mini Kids—Kuk Sool Won™ (WKSA)

The Traditional Martial Art of Korea

Ages 5 & 6. Class includes Etiquette (Respectful Behavior); Rolling & Acrobatics; Safety Falls; Meditation Practice; Hand/Foot Striking & Blocking; Forms Training (Hyung); and Self Defense Techniques.

 

Youth—Kuk Sool Won™(WKSA)

The Traditional Martial Art of Korea

Ages 7–13. Class includes Etiquette (Respectful Behavior); Rolling & Acrobatics; Safety Falls; Meditation Practice; Hand/Foot Striking & Blocking; Forms Training (Hyung); and Self Defense Techniques.

NEW! Wellness Programs

 

All programs are open to residents and non-residents.


Register online at chparks.com or at the Community Center during front desk hours. Ty Richardson will contact you to schedule your orientation once you are registered.

NEW! Ask our Exercise & Fitness Specialist

Attendees of these FREE informal discussions are invited to ask Ty Richardson about all things health and wellness. Guests will receive a workbook that will guide them in creating healthier habits and provide them with helpful information they can start using immediately. These talks will take place 12:00–12:45 pm on the first Saturday of each month in Activity Room 1A & 1B.


Pre-registration at least seven days before each monthly talk is REQUIRED!

NEW! Fitness Assessment with Body Composition

This 30-minute comprehensive assessment will evaluate your fitness level by testing your cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, muscle strength, and flexibility and assessing body fat. This fitness report will determine your baseline health and wellness status and disease risk.

Cost: $45.00 per person.

NEW! Weight Loss and Nutrition Coaching

Schedule a phone consultation with exercise and fitness specialist Ty Richardson to discuss your current eating and lifestyle habits. Together, you will choose a plan to begin establishing better habits and health. Email www.chccwelness@gmail.com, or call or text 216-694-8414 today with any questions or to schedule your phone consultation!

 

There are four different Coaching Programs to choose from:


  • 7-Day Detox includes a 7-day detox grocery list with recipes, a BMI assessment, a daily water intake goal, a weekly exercise plan, and a 7-day weight loss goal. Cost: $49.00

 

  • 30-Day Weekly Coaching includes a 30-day detox grocery list with recipes, a BMI assessment, a daily water intake goal, a weekly exercise plan, four weekly remote or in-person weight check-ins, and a 30-day weight loss goal. Cost: $99.00

 

  • 30-Day Daily Coaching includes a 30-day detox grocery list with recipes, a weight loss cookbook, a BMI assessment, a daily water intake goal, a weekly exercise plan, four weekly remote or in-person weight check-ins, and a 30-day weight loss goal. You will receive daily feedback and encouragement and have weekly phone check-ins. Cost: $199.00 (You can make a non-refundable partial payment of $99.50 to reserve your spot and pay the remainder of your balance two weeks after registration.)

 

  • 90-Day Big Loser includes a 7-day detox grocery list with recipes, a variety of weight loss cookbooks, a variety of meal plans, a BMI assessment, a daily water intake goal, a weekly exercise plan, weekly remote or in-person weight check-ins, and a 90-day weight loss goal. You will receive daily feedback and encouragement and have weekly phone check-ins. Cost: $499.00. (You can make a non-refundable partial payment of $166.33 to reserve your spot and then make another two monthly payments to fulfill the balance.)

NEW! 90-Day Fit Family Challenge

Families create healthy lifestyle habits with our Fit Family Checklist, fostering a supportive environment with family involvement and promoting a healthy sense of self by focusing on health and wellness, not diets or weight loss. (Requirements: A family must include at least one child under 18 and at least one adult age 18 or over.) This is a 90-day commitment: Families start and finish TOGETHER! Cost: $99.00 per month per team member

DID YOU KNOW?

 

  • We offer a FREE 30-minute session to learn the layout of our fitness center and how to use our new fitness equipment. Sign up at the front desk for this 30-minute educational walk-through.


  • We offer a FREE Personal Training Demo for new or renewing community center members. Get a great workout and learn a lot in this 30-minute session with one of our certified personal trainers. If you decide to register for one of our affordable packages to keep your goals in motion., call or text our head of personal training at 216-694-8414 or sign up at the front desk.


  • We offer Personal Training. Hire one of our certified personal trainers to ensure that your workouts are safe and effective. We offer 30-minute or 60-minute sessions for groups or individuals, and monthly plans start at just $55. Call or text Ty Richardson at 216-694-8414 for more information.


Lake Erie Ink

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.

Opportunities

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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