City Council, June 2017

July 1st, 2017  |  Published in Observer Reports

City Council
June 26, 2017

Present: Mayor Earl Leiken; Council members Sean Malone, Nancy Moore, Tres Roeder, Julianna Johnston Senturia, Anne Williams, Earl Williams and Rob Zimmerman
Also present: Chief Administrative Officer Jeri Chaikin, Law Director William M. Ondrey Gruber, Finance Director Robert H. Baker, Director of City Planning Joyce Braverman

The mayor called the meeting to order at 7:40 p.m. and adjourned at 8:55 p.m. The minutes of the May 8, 2017, special meeting and the May 22, 2017, regular meeting were approved. Council met earlier in a closed executive session to discuss personnel matters.

Items on the agenda unanimously approved:

  • An ordinance to fix compensation of City Council members. The compensation level of $10,440/year will continue (unchanged), taking effect on Jan. 1, 2020.
  • An ordinance dedicating additional right-of-way as part of the redevelopment of the Van Aken District along the northeast corner of Farnsleigh and Warrensville Center roads for the construction of a 1.2-mile-long multipurpose sidewalk-path for bicyclists and pedestrians
  • An ordinance accepting a grant of $10,000 from PeopleforBikes to help construct the sidewalk/multipurpose path on Warrensville Center Road
  • An ordinance authorizing a contract using a competitive proposal process instead of a formal competitive bidding process with Perk Co. for $514,516 to design and construct Shaker Town Center crosswalk replacements and infrastructure repairs. Originally this project was budgeted with the expectation that the city would receive a $160,000 grant, but it did not come through.
  • An ordinance authorizing the appropriation of funds from the General Capital Fund by the Planning Department for the repairs and replacements noted above
  • An ordinance authorizing appropriation of funds from the Shaker Town Center Development Area Fund for the same Planning Department work and for the purchase of surveillance cameras by the Police Department
  • An ordinance authorizing the payment of $123,170 to HNTB Corp. to conduct two traffic studies: A Van Aken District Signal Study to get traffic counts and an evaluation of 11 intersections, including the Warrensville corridor, Chagrin corridor and Farnsleigh Road; and a Lee Road/Van Aken Boulevard safety study to get traffic counts and safety recommendations.

Finance Director Robert H. Baker introduced debt issuances that required individual ordinances, which Council unanimously approved.

  • A $735,000 bond issue to cover costs associated with improvements in the Van Aken District
  • $325,000 for constructing a public park within the Van Aken District
  • $2.27 million for sewer improvements
  • $2 million in notes (which have a 1.2% interest rate) in anticipation of the issuance of bonds to pay for road resurfacing improvements called for in the 2017 capital plan. The notes will be issued with a one-year maturity and rolled over each year, retiring 10 percent of the original principal each year so that the entire issue will be retired in 10 years. Since roads are not a long-lived asset, notes were deemed more appropriate than longer term bonds.
  • The execution of Then and Now Certificates by the Director of Finance and the payment of amounts due for various purchase orders

 There were no public comments before or after the agenda was covered.
Audrey Morris

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