Safety and Public Works Committee, February 2018

March 3rd, 2018  |  Published in Observer Reports

Safety and Public Works
Feb. 2, 2018

Present: Council members Nancy Moore (chair), Tres Roeder, Julianna Senturia; citizen members James Brady, Jonathan Hren, Austin MeGuan; Mayor Earl Leiken, CAO Jeri Chaikin, Chief of Police Jeffrey DeMuth, Assistant Director of Public Works Christian Maier, Chief of Fire Patrick Sweeney
Absent: Council member Anne Williams and citizen member James Sammon

Ms. Moore called the meeting to order at 8:05 a.m.

This being a newly constituted committee (every two years), introductions were made and rules of operation reviewed. The meeting time has been changed from 7:30 to 8 a.m.

Mr. Maier presented a construction schedule for 2018 capital projects. Details of each will be discussed as they come due throughout the year. Of the 14 known projects, most will take place between mid-March and the end of August. These include sewer relocation and overflow improvements, water main replacements, and their related landscape needs; and side street resurfacing in Fernway, Mercer, Moreland neighborhoods, with a major street project on Fairhill. Plans are in place to notify residents of temporary traffic pattern changes.

Chief DeMuth described an amended two-year contract between the city and Solon for housing Shaker Heights prisoners at the much larger and up-to-date jail in Solon. The new contract reduces the annual fee to $229,200, with an additional $5,000 per month charge if Shaker prisoner days exceed 3,000 days annually. The base rate will now be $81.86 per prisoner day, inclusive of all services. This is a savings of $69,000 over the length of the contract, based on 2016-17 figures of 694 prisoners with 2,793 prisoner days.

Chief Sweeney requested approval to apply for a FEMA Assistance to Firefighters grant of $13,300 to fund the purchase of two training simulators: one for door forcible entry training and one for window/metal cutting entry training. Approval was granted.

Chief Sweeney presented a history and overview of the new Heights-Hillcrest Communication Center (HHCC), a regional dispatch center for fire and police of five communities (Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights, South Euclid, University Heights, and Richmond Heights). Five years in the planning, the center opened on Nov. 1, 2017, in the Cleveland Heights Metro-Health Medical Building on Severance Circle. HHCC is governed by a board composed of the member cities’ mayors and managed by the Chagrin Valley Dispatch Center for the next five years. Shaker Law Director William Gruber is its legal consultant.

The meeting adjourned at 9:18 a.m.
Linda Lissauer







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