City News Update

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Next ARPA Public Meeting

Tuesday, October 18, 6:30 pm

Caledonia Elementary School

914 Caledonia Avenue

The Martin G. Lentz Cleveland Heights

Police Academy to Reopen in 2023

After being closed for the last two years due to the pandemic, the Martin G. Lentz Cleveland Heights Police Academy will reopen in 2023 in time to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Since it received its commission from the State of Ohio in 1973, the Cleveland Heights Police Academy has trained more than 5,000 officers who serve in more than 130 police departments throughout the state. Academy graduates also work in federal agencies, including the FBI, the DEA, Customs and Border Patrol, and the U.S. Marshals Service.

Applications for the next Cleveland Heights Police Academy class, which will begin on January 9, 2023, are now open. Classes will be held Monday–Friday, 8:00 am–5:00 pm, through June 2023. Cadets will be required to participate in one weekend of driving instruction during the training period.

The Academy’s program provides approximately 840 hours of instruction, exceeding the 737 hours required by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC). Completing the Academy will qualify the student to take the required Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) certification test required of all Ohio Peace Officers.

Class size is limited. Prospective cadets must submit an application, attend an orientation, pass the physical fitness test, and complete an interview with the Academy Commander and Academy staff.

The fitness assessment consists of push-ups, sit-ups, and a 1.5-mile run. Students must pass each part of the final fitness assessment to qualify for the state certification exam. Minimum fitness standards for each age group are available on the Police Academy website.

To be eligible for the Cleveland Heights Police Academy, an applicant must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Be at least 21 years of age by the completion of the Academy program.
  • Have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent (GED)
  • Possess a valid Ohio Driver’s License and currently have full driving privileges in the State of Ohio.
  • Pass a drug screening test within 150 days of the start of the Academy.
  • Pass a BCI/FBI criminal background check prior to the start of instruction.
  • Meet physical fitness standards established by the OPOTC.

The OPOTC also identifies the restrictions listed below that would prohibit participation in the Academy.

  • The applicant is subject to a weapons disability.
  • The applicant is under indictment for, has pleaded guilty to, or has been convicted of a felony.
  • The applicant is currently registering as a sex offender, child-victim offender, or arson offender.
  • Any person convicted of the following offenses is disqualified for a period of three years:

  • An offense under ORC Chapter 2925 Drug Offenses. Chapter 3719 Controlled Substances, or Chapter 4729 Dangerous Drugs involving the illegal possession, use, sale, administration, distribution, or trafficking of a drug of abuse.
  • A misdemeanor offense of violence.
  • A violation of ORC 2903.14, Negligent Assault.
  • An offense under ORC Chapter 2913 Theft and Fraud, or a municipal ordinance that is substantially similar.

Tuition is $5,000 and includes all required ammunition, books, classroom materials, and uniform attire The Academy will provide each student with a duty belt, holster, magazine pouch, handcuffs, and handcuff case, all of which must be returned at the completion of the course. Students will be issued a firearm and will be provided eye and ear protection during the Firearms portion of the curriculum. The firearm must be returned upon completion of Firearms training. Students must provide their own law enforcement shoes/boots, a flashlight, and a flashlight holder. If they qualify, veterans may use the GI Bill to pay for their tuition.

If you believe you meet the eligibility requirements and are interested in becoming an Ohio Peace Officer, please contact the Cleveland Heights Police Academy at 216-291-3836 or [email protected].

Cleveland Heights Now Recycles Plastic Tubs

The City of Cleveland Heights has entered into a contract with a new recycling vendor and now accepts plastic tubs, including butter, sour cream, and yogurt cups.

As part of its contract, the City's new recycling vendor will audit residents' recycling habits during the next few weeks to determine what the City will be charged.

To keep the City's recycling costs down, please only place approved recyclable items loosely in your recycling cart. You can find information about accepted recyclable items on the City's recycling page and at

MOST IMPORTANTLY, PLEASE DO NOT PLACE PLASTIC BAGS IN YOUR RECYCLING CART. Plastic bags foul recycling machinery. The City is charged more when residents include plastic bags with their recycling. 

Congratulations Parks and Rec Director Joe McRae!

After seven years as Cleveland Heights' Parks and Recreation Director, Joe McRae is moving on to a new position. On Wednesday, October 12, his colleagues gathered in the City Hall atrium to wish him well.

Good luck, Joe!

Heights United Soccer Academy

Celebrates Successful Camp

Last weekend, Heights United Soccer Academy celebrated another successful soccer camp with an end-of-season trophy ceremony.


More than 100 pre-K Tiger Cubs (and their parents) hit the Denison Park turf to show off their soccer (and dance) skills with the help of a DJ and a well curated playlist. Every kid also received a very special trophy.

Heights resident and soccer dad Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves and Cleveland Heights Mayor Kahlil Seren spoke and joined Coach Sean Sullivan to hand out trophies.


The next camp begins November 7 and registration is open now. Spots are selling out quickly!

Meet Your Police

Thursday, October 20, 2022

6:00–8:00 pm

The next Meet Your Police will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2022, from 6:00–8:00 pm, at the Cleveland Heights Police Academy, 2595 Noble Road.


Residents are encouraged to attend and speak with an officer about any questions, concerns, or complaints they may have.

Commission on Aging Listening Session

Monday, October 25, 10:00 am

Senior Activity Center

The Cleveland Heights Commission on Aging wants to hear from YOU!

Please join the members of the Commission as they hold an open listening session to discuss the best ways to serve the senior residents of Cleveland Heights.

15 Amazing Places To Visit In Cleveland Heights

The suburbs that surround big cities are always interesting in terms of culture. They often echo the atmosphere of the nearby city but weave in small-town vibes and suburban eccentricities. The offbeat character of the suburbs makes them a great place to visit for a weekend getaway, and one of the coolest 'burbs near Cleveland is Cleveland Heights.

This cool “streetcar suburb” is home to more than 45,000 residents, but it feels artsy and intimate. The area once housed the likes of John D. Rockefeller and Chef Boy-Ar-Dee, and it continues to inspire innovators to this day. There’s no shortage of things to do in Cleveland Heights!

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Nubeigel owner: Community 'welcomed us with open arms'

For four months, people have been enjoying Nubeigel's kosher bagels fresh out of the oven at 2254 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights.

Owner Josh Admon said the days are busy, but it's "amazing and just breathtaking" that there hasn't been a slow day since its soft opening on July 5.

“The Cleveland Heights community has welcomed us with open arms,” said Admon...

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Next Cleveland Heights City Council Meetings

The next full City Council meeting will be held on Monday, October 17, 2022, at 7:30 pm, immediately following the Council Committee of the Whole meeting, which will be held at 6:30 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


Shredding Day

9:00 am to Noon

Cleveland Heights City Hall Parking Lot


Public Safety and Health Committee of Council

5:00 pm

Executive Conference Room

Council Committee of the Whole

6:00 pm

Executive Conference Room

City Council Meeting

7:30 pm

Council Chambers


Planning and Development Committee of Council

10:00 am

Executive Conference Room

Administrative Services Committee of Council

11:30 am

Executive Conference Room

ARPA Public Meeting

6:30 pm

Caledonia Elementary School, 914 Caledonia Avenue



Board of Zoning Appeals

7:00 pm

Council Chambers


Meet Your Police

6:00 to 8:00 pm

City Hall Lower Level

Architectural Board of Review

7:00 pm

Council Chambers

Commission on Aging

9:30 am

Senior Activity Center

Trick-or-Treating 2022

Will be held

Monday, October 31

from 6:00–8:00 pm

The "Lake Eerie" Gohio

Car(bon) Free Challenge is On!

It’s scary! Outdoor air pollution is responsible for 4.2 million deaths annually, according to the World Health Organization.

Help Northeast Ohio air quality by replacing a car commute with a carbon-free/reduced trip, like biking, using transit, or carpooling, or by remote working during the “Lake Eerie” Gohio Commute Challenge. 

Join today by creating an account at Gohio Commute and log your trips through the month of October to be eligible for weekly and overall prizes. Stay up to date on real-time standings using the challenge leaderboard.

Express Yourself!

ARPA Feedback Still Needed

The City continues to ask people to fill out a public input form to prioritize different possible areas of investment and suggest specific ways ARPA funds might be spent.

If you haven't filled out the public input form, please share your thoughts with the City today!

 Fill out the ARPA Public Input Form 
Learn more about the City's ARPA Funding and Process

 Draft Severance Town Center Vision Statement

The Cleveland Heights Board of Control is asking for feedback on a newly drafted Vision Statement for Severance Town Center.


Severance Town Center is located in the heart of Cleveland Heights. Its history, first as a private estate, then as a ground-breaking regional mall, and most recently as a struggling retail center, is reflective of the history of the City itself.

This status quo is no longer acceptable, and its future is of the utmost importance to the City. The City is committed to working diligently toward a vision for the redevelopment and re-imagination of Severance Town Center.


As the heart of Cleveland Heights, Severance Town Center demands redevelopment and re-imagination to assure dynamic, cutting-edge development, spaces, and uses that:

  • Create an Intentional City Center with a Mix of Civic, Green, and Other Uses
  • Are Transformational and Not Incremental
  • Are Economically and Environmentally Sustainable over the Long-Term
  • Pump Energy and Activity out into the City’s Neighborhoods
  • Are Consistent with the Values of Cleveland Heights, but also Forward Looking
  • Are Unique and Reflective of the Diversity of Cleveland Heights
  • Create a Sense of Place Attractive to Residents, Visitors, Shoppers, Business and Property Owners, and Others
  • Include a Resilient Group of Uses and Users
  • Will be Enjoyed and Accessible to all Ages and Abilities
  • Are Based Upon Innovative Zoning that Allows Wide-Ranging, Strategically Appropriate Possibilities

Please provide any feedback you have or ask questions at Severance Town Center Vision Statement.

Provide Feedback on the Severance Vision Statement

 The Sewer District Wants Your Thoughts About

Doan Brook and Horseshoe Lake

As the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District works on restoring Doan Brook, it wants to hear your vision about what the park should look like after restoration takes place.

To find out more about the Sewer District's plans, read this slide presentation and watch the video below.

Then take the Sewer District's survey to tell them what you want to see at the park and what you think would make this the preeminent park space in Northeast Ohio.

Take the Doan Brook/Horseshoe Lake Survey

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.

Save Our Homes Month Tax Foreclosure Event

A free opportunity to meet face-to-face with people who may help you resolve your tax or tax certificate delinquency.

  • Learn how to apply for potentially up to $10,000 in grants
  • Learn how to apply for repayment plans
  • Ask questions about the foreclosure process
  • Receive exact pay-off amount and a breakdown of costs
  • Obtain other assistance

Thursday, October 20, 2022

3:00–7:00 pm

Attend in Person At

Collinwood Recreation Center

16300 Lakeshore Boulevard

Or Join by Zoom

Meeting ID: 93382554436

Password: 4438505


Heights Halloween Festival—Dobama Theatre

Dobama Theatre will hold the second annual Heights Halloween Festival on Saturday, October 15, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Cedar Lee District of Cleveland Heights.

The Heights Halloween Festival, presented by Dobama Theatre, is a free event and open to Halloween lovers and trick-or-treaters of all ages. The festival includes character meet-n-greets side stages where attendees can get photos, autographs, and candy from costumed actors at various stops in the grassy area near the Meadowbrook/Lee intersection.

Circus performers, costumed actors, large-scale puppets, and more will stroll the district for everyone’s entertainment. Face painting, free games, and prizes will also be available. Music will be performed from the Meadowbrook/Lee stage for dancing and a festive atmosphere.

The Heights Halloween Festival also includes the traditional “candy crawl” along the Cedar Lee District, where local businesses hand out candy to trick-or-treaters, with many employees dressing up for the holiday.

Lake Erie Ink Fall Programs


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.

-- All Are Welcome --


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