Agenda for Action: Shaker Heights and Cuyahoga County (summary)

May 8th, 2010  |  Published in Agenda for Action

SHAKER HEIGHTS PROGRAM SUMMARY

COMMUNITY PLANNING

LWV- SH supports

1. The City government continuously focusing on integration maintenance, expansion of the tax base, maintenance of housing stock, and a high-quality educational system

2. The writing of a short-term (no more than five years) citywide plan that identifies needs, goals, priorities, and means of implementation

3. Scheduled public joint meetings of the three taxing bodies (City, Schools, and Library) to discuss matters of common interest

4. Expansion of the tax base with reasonable efforts to assure that the integrity of the surrounding residential area will not be harmed

5. Maintenance of the City’s high-quality services, educational system, and public transportation, with investigation of additional needs

6. Evaluation of residential housing ordinances and inspection procedures

HUMAN RELATIONS

LWV-SH supports:

Evaluation and continued support of measures designed to promote understanding and responsibility in a diverse and multiracial community, with a focus on housing

MUNICIPAL ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE

LWV-SH supports:

1. Continued evaluation of government in Shaker Heights and of its tax resources and allocations

2. A strong mayor-council structure with a full-time administrator appointed by the mayor with the approval of council

3. Staggered terms and non-partisan at-large elections for city council

4. Attention to on-going charter review

5. Adequate financing with emphasis on new sources of revenue to support the city’s needs

6. Public disclosure and accessibility of financial information

RECREATION

LWV-SH supports:

1. Cooperation between the City and Schools on the construction of any additional recreation facilities

2. Maintaining the present level of publicly owned open space; additional open space should be sought in the more densely populated areas

3. Maintaining a balance of recreational facilities and publicly owned open space

4. A recreation program in Shaker Heights that is operated by one governing body

5. A formal agreement that specifies the relationship between the City and the School District and the responsibilities of each in the programming and facilities for recreation

6. Financial support for recreation from both the City and the School District with transparency in their relationship

7. A joint recreation committee composed of representatives from the community, sports associations, City Council, and the School Board

8. A recreation department with clearly defined goals and objectives

9. Continued evaluation of programming facilities and financing with attention to active playground leadership

10. Continued evaluation of use and maintenance of open spaces

11. Cooperation among regional entities to expand recreational offerings

SHAKER HEIGHTS PUBLIC LIBRARY

LWV-SH supports:

1. Continued evaluation of financing and future development

2. Involvement of the library board in city planning

3. Cooperation and coordination with all levels of government

4. An active public information and education program

5. Cooperation between public libraries and school libraries

6. Support for sustaining a volunteer citizen’s group with well-defined goals

SHAKER HEIGHTS PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM

LWV- SH Supports:

1. Study and evaluation of educational priorities within the school system as they relate to maintaining a high-quality educational program, with adequate budgetary control and long-term financial planning

2. Adequate financing of the school system

3. An objective to achieve a racial composition at each school which reflects the district racial balance.

4. Cooperation among the schools, public libraries and the city

TRANSPORTATION

LWV-SH Supports:

Continued evaluation of issues relating to transportation in and through Shaker Heights, including roadways, freeways, and public transit facilities, so that Shaker Heights is maintained as a desirable residential community. Support of mass transit as a public service, publicly controlled with operating costs subsidized, to meet the transit needs of all residents of Cuyahoga County, including the special transit needs of senior citizens and handicapped persons.

CUYAHOGA COUNTY ISSUES

REGIONALISM: INTERGOVERNMENTAL COOPERATION AND REGIONAL TAX-BASE REVENUE SHARING (2009)

1. Support of voluntary intergovernmental, collaborative agreements which reduce costs, foster transparency and accountability, improve efficiencies, and maintain service standards

2. Support of regional tax-base revenue sharing as a constructive form of intergovernmental cooperation for the mutual benefit of participating communities

ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE IN CUYAHOGA COUNTY

Support of comprehensive planning, improved bail system, rehabilitation of offenders, alternative handling of some “no-victim” crimes, improved police-community relations, uniform code of training and conduct and adequate financing

CLEVELAND-CUYAHOGA COUNTY PORT AUTHORITY (CCCPA)

Support of the following: CCCPA should be required by its local Rules and Regulations to prepare plans for future developments and conduct public hearings to gather comments on these plans; CCCPA should be required to present a budget that clearly demonstrates how tax levy funds are being spent; CCCPA proposed capital projects funded by tax revenues should include: purpose, needs and plans; demonstration of market demand and public consensus; cost effectiveness, including a projected Return on Investment (ROI); Overall community impact, including economic and environmental factors.

CUYAHOGA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Support of Cuyahoga Community College as the two-year higher education institution in the County that provides accessible and affordable educational programs and services which meet the needs of the County’s population

COUNTY GOVERNMENT

Support of a single county executive and a responsible representative legislative body; support of adequate financing for county services and capital improvement; support of provision of urban services by that level of government that can be most effective; support of measures to promote the accountability, accessibility, visibility, citizen participation in and coordination of all boards (i.e., authorities, boards, commissions, and special districts) connected to Cuyahoga County governance

CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

Support of the continued development of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) and its restoration and preservation as an open green area

NATURAL RESOURCES

Support restoration and preservation of Lake Erie and its tributaries; support of a coordinated water quality program; support of a precautionary moratorium on all new Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO’s) that produce untreated animal waste. Support of improved and similar wastewater transportation, delivery and treatment systems on each CAFO site within the Lake Erie Watershed.

TRANSPORTATION POLICY ON OUTMIGRATION IN CUYAHOGA COUNTY

Support of comprehensive planning by local, county, regional, state, and federal governments and agencies in order to achieve policies on transportation, tax structures, and allocations that will encourage a sustainable balance between urban areas, farmland, and open spaces

HEALTH SERVICES

Support of a health care delivery system that provides adequate health care to all citizens of Cuyahoga County, and effective comprehensive health planning by bodies representative of consumer interests as well as health professionals. Continued evaluation of health care services for all in Cuyahoga County, with particular attention to financing, delivery distribution, and availability.

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