City News Update

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Trick or Treating Safety Tips

  • A parent or guardian should accompany young children.
  • Carry a flashlight.
  • Make sure costumes are safe, fireproof, and (if they include masks) have eye holes large enough to allow good peripheral vision.
  • Only go to houses with porch lights on.
  • Never enter the home of a stranger.
  • No treats should be eaten until an adult thoroughly checks them at home.
  • Never consume unwrapped food items or open beverages that may be offered.
  • If you are distributing candy:
  • Ensure your porch light is on.
  • Eliminate or clearly mark tripping hazards on your porch and walkway, such as flowerpots, low tree limbs, support wires, or garden hoses.

Welcome New Finance Director Andrew Unetic

On Monday, October 24, Mayor Kahlil Seren swore in Cleveland Heights' new Finance Director, Andrew Unetic.

Andy joins us after 15 years of service as the Finance Director of the City of Painesville. Welcome, Andy

Loose Leaf Pick-Up in Cleveland Heights



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.

The map below shows the dates for the initial schedule for leaf pickup in different parts of the city.

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 get the updated collection schedule for your address.


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.

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. 

Dominion Energy to Begin Work at Lee and Mayfield Roads on Tuesday, November 2

Dominion Energy Ohio will begin work under the street at the intersection of Lee and Mayfield Roads on Tuesday, November 2, 2022. While the intersection will remain open to traffic, only one land will remain open and on-street parking in the area will be temporarily eliminated.

Please expect delays and plan your route accordingly. 

Fire Safety Tips for Your Home or Business

The number one job of any firefighter is to prevent fires from occurring in the first place.

The Cleveland Heights Fire Department has seen an increase in very specific types of fires in recent months and would like to take a moment to share with you a few simple steps to lower the chances of a fire occurring at your home or business.

Electrical Fires from Extension Cords

During the last year and a half, electrical fires have been the number one cause of accidental fires. A large percentage of electrical fires occur due to improper use of extension cords.

To stay safe while using electrical cords, please:

  • Never connect two extension cords to make a single “long” extension cord.
  • Never run space heaters, refrigerators, window air conditioning units, dehumidifiers, or equipment that uses a lot of electricity on an extension cord. These appliances should ALWAYS be plugged directly into a grounded outlet.
  • Never use an extension cord that is thinner than the power cord for the device/appliance it is connected to.
  • Never run extension cords under rugs or carpeting.
  • Never run extension cords under doors that might pinch or damage them.
  • Never use “two-prong” adapters with devices, appliances, or extension cords.

A UL-rated power strip can be used in place of an extension cord in certain areas and with certain devices. Contact a certified electrician about how to use power strips and other electrical needs.

“Spontaneous Combustion” from Stain and Varnish

Another source of accidental fires has come from improper disposal of rags or towels that have been used to stain or varnish wood. Most people don’t realize that the chemicals in stains and varnishes produce their own heat through exothermic chemical reactions. When rags and towels with stain or varnish on them are wadded into a ball or piled on top of debris, garbage, wood shavings, or sawdust, they can get hot enough to spontaneously combust.

To avoid accidental fires after using stain or varnish:

  1. Lay the rags flat in an outside location, away from anything that might catch fire.
  2. Place a stone on the rags so they don’t blow away.
  3. Let the rags dry out completely over a few days.
  4. Once the rags are dry and no longer have a strong odor, place them in a trash container outside.

Watch the video below from ABC-News to see how quickly linseed oil spontaneously combusts.

For more tips and news about your fire department, please connect with us via social media on FacebookTwitter, and the Neighbors App by Ring.

Please use and share these simple tips to help prevent accidental fires.

Meet Your Police

Thursday, November 3, 2022

6:00–8:00 pm

The next Meet Your Police will be held on Thursday, November 3, 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.

Cleveland Heights native Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley is U.S. State Department's Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

WASHINGTON, D. C. - During thirty years as a diplomat, Cleveland Heights native Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley served as U.S. Ambassador to Malta and survived an al-Qaida attack as U.S. consul general in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Now she works as the State Department's Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer.


Dave's Market & Eatery Lee Road location to open Oct. 29

Dave's Supermarket will open at 8 a.m. Oct. 29 in the former Zagara's Marketplace at 1940 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights as the third Dave's Market & Eatery. Dave's Market at Cedar Road and Fairmount Boulevard in Cleveland Heights closed Oct. 25.

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Next Cleveland Heights City Council Meetings

Cleveland Heights City Council will hold a SPECIAL MEETING on Monday, October 31, 2022, at 10:00 am, in the Executive Conference Room at Cleveland Heights City Hall.

The next full City Council meeting will be held on Monday, November 7, 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


Special City Council Meeting

10:00 am

Executive Conference Room


Landmark Commission

5:00 pm

Executive Conference Room

Architectural Board of Review

7:00 pm

Council Chambers


Meet Your Police

6:00 to 8:00 pm

Cleveland Heights Police Academy, 2595 Noble Road

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

 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.

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. THE SURVEY WILL CLOSE ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2022.

Take the Doan Brook/Horseshoe Lake Survey

The Coventry Living Room Project aims to create a public gathering space that strengthens the sense of community in the Coventry neighborhood.


We plan to take inspiration from parklets, pedestrian plazas, and other examples of community-building infrastructure in our and other cities. Throughout the process, we’ll design the space with those who live, work, and play in Coventry. This is a community-led project sponsored by the Coventry Village Special Improvement District.


Join us on November 17th at 6:30 PM at the Coventry Branch of Heights Libraries for a community design session. Click here to RSVP (or stay in touch)!


If you can’t make it to the community design session, complete this form to help us create design principles for the project. Learn more at Coventry Living Room.


Cleveland Heights Police Academy Is Now Accepting Applications

Classes Begin January 9, 2023

Applications for the next Cleveland Heights Police Academy class, which will begin on January 9, 2023, are now open. 

The deadline to apply is Friday, December 2, 2022.

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.

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].

Heights Libraries Is Accepting Applications

For a New Board Member

Want to Serve Your Community?

Heights Libraries Is Accepting Applications for a New Board Member.

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library is now accepting applications for a new board member, with applications due at noon on Friday, November 18, 2022.

Find out more...

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.

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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