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April 2, 2012: City Council
AGENDA:

 
REGULAR MEETING of the Council of the City of Lyndhurst, Monday, April 2, 2012, at 8:00 P.M., Vice Mayor David A. Frey, presiding.
 
Members Present:
Council Representatives: J. A. Gambatese, C. A. LoPresti, J. A. Marko, K. C. Packard, L. A. Schlessel, P. A. Ward.
 
Others Present: J. M. Cicero, Jr., Mayor; P. T. Murphy, Director of Law; R. F. Porrello, Chief of Police; F. E. Glady III, Director of Service; M. A. Kovalchik, Director of Finance; T. P. Kunz, Building Commissioner; M. J. Carroll, Chief of Fire; H. J. Lensner, Assistant Clerk of Council.
 
COUNCIL:
 
Minutes:
 
Approve Minutes of the Regular Meeting of Council held Monday, March 19, 2012.
 
Approve Minutes of the Special Meeting of Council held Monday, March 26, 2012.
 
Committee Reports:
 
MAYOR'S REPORT - MAYOR CICERO
 
FINANCE COMMITTEE - WARD
 
PUBLIC LANDS & BUILDINGS COMMITTEE - MARKO
 
ROADS & UTILITIES COMMITTEE - GAMBATESE
 
SAFETY COMMITTEE - LoPRESTI
 
SERVICE & SEWERS COMMITTEE - PACKARD
 
LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE - SCHLESSEL
 
PLANNING COMMISSION - MARKO
 
SOUTH EUCLID-LYNDHURST BOARD OF EDUCATION
 
Requests for additions to the Agenda:
 
Public Comment:
 
ORDINANCE NO. 2012-21
INTRODUCED BY: ADMIN
 
AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE CLERK OF COUNCIL TO ADVERTISE FOR BIDS FOR THE SALE BY NEWSPAPER PUBLICATION OR BY INTERNET AUCTION OF SEVEN SURPLUS MOTOR VEHICLES, AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR SUCH MOTOR VEHICLES AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY
 
Planning Commission Recommendations:
 
Recommendation is made to Council to deny the request of Mr. Ron Basile, Owner, to rezone his property from "Ten Thousand Square Foot Single Family" to "Class A, Community Business District".
 
TABLED ITEMS:
 
ORDINANCE NO. 2010-30
INTRODUCED BY: Councilman Schlessel
 
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 432OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE CITY ENTITLED "OPERATION GENERALLY" BY ENACTING NEW SECTION 432.44 PROHIBITING DRIVING A VEHICLE WHILE USING A MOBILE COMMUNICATION DEVICE BY AN INDIVIDUAL UNDER THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN YEARS, OR BY AN INDIVIDUAL WITHOUT A VALID DRIVER'S LICENSE, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.
 
April 2, 2012: City Council
MINUTES:

 
The Council of the City of Lyndhurst met in Regular Session on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 8:05 P.M., Vice Mayor David A. Frey, presiding.
 
Members Present:
Council Representatives: J. A. Gambatese, C. A. LoPresti, J. A. Marko, K. C. Packard, L. A. Schlessel, P. A. Ward.
 
Others Present: J. M. Cicero, Jr., Mayor; P. T. Murphy, Director of Law; R. F. Porrello, Chief of Police; F. E. Glady III, Director of Service; M. A. Kovalchik, Director of Finance; L. M. Puskas, Building Inspector; M. J. Carroll, Chief of Fire; H. J. Lensner, Assistant Clerk of Council; M. A. Franco, Temporary Assistant Clerk of Council.
 
Absent: T. P. Kunz, Building Commissioner.
 
It was moved by Mr. Schlessel, seconded by Mr. Ward, that the reading of the minutes of the Regular Meeting of Council held Monday, March 19, 2012, copies of which were mailed to all Members, be dispensed with and said minutes stand approved as circulated.
 
The question was put to a voice vote and passed unanimously, with Mr. Frey abstaining.
 
It was moved by Mr. Schlessel, seconded by Mr. Ward, that the reading of the minutes of the Special Meeting of Council held Monday, March 26, 2012, copies of which were mailed to all Members, be dispensed with and said minutes stand approved as circulated.
 
The question was put to a voice vote and passed unanimously, with Mr. Frey abstaining.
 
MAYOR'S REPORT - Mayor Cicero discussed the extremely destructive fire that took place at the Sherri Park Apartments on March 29, 2012. No one was injured in the blaze, thanks to the City's safety services. He thanked the 28 fire departments and over 100 firemen, as well as the CERT team, for their quick response to what will hopefully be a once-in-a-career fire. The Mayor also thanked Kindred Care at The Greens, who opened their doors to help house over 100 individuals who were homeless due to the fire. He then praised the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Schools for promptly sending over two handicap-accessible buses to safely evacuate the apartment's residents.
 
Mayor Cicero described how incredible it was to see Chief Carroll in action, fighting this fire. He extended thanks to Chief Porrello and the Police Department for working so well with the Fire Department, and to Mr. Glady and the Service Department for controlling the evacuations of neighboring homes and blocking affected roadways. Mayor Cicero concluded by stating that not only is he proud to be the Mayor of this City, but also a resident.
 
FINANCE COMMITTEE - Chairman Ward had no report.
 
PUBLIC LANDS AND BUILDINGS COMMITTEE - Chairman Marko had no report.
 
ROADS AND UTILITIES COMMITTEE - Chairman Gambatese had no report.
 
SAFETY COMMITTEE - Chairman LoPresti had no report; however, he echoed the sentiments of the Mayor and pointed out how helpful CERT was the day after the fire. Over a dozen volunteers, including his mother, showed up to walk residents back into their damaged homes to retrieve their personal effects. Mr. LoPresti wanted to be sure they have the proper recognition as well.
 
SERVICE AND SEWERS COMMITTEE - Chairman Packard had no report.
 
LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE - Chairman Schlessel had no report.
 
PLANNING COMMISSION - Chairman Marko reported that the Planning Commission met on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss the request of Mr. Ron Basile to rezone his property located at 5487 Mayfield Road to commercial property. Mr. Marko noted that Mr. Febo would like to see a proposal before any rezoning would be done. Furthermore, he commented that the Planning Commission informed Mr. Basile that the City is encouraging development in that area, but with no proposal his request would be denied.
 
SOUTH EUCLID-LYNDHURST BOARD OF EDUCATION - Lisa Marko stated the Brown and Gold Benefit is Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the Community Center. The South-Euclid Lyndhurst Board of Education would like to recognize the Brush Debate Team, which received top honors at the John Carroll University competition. The Board of Education is still searching for a superintendant; however, some initial interviews have been conducted. The Stakeholders Committee interviews have been pushed back in order for the Board of Education to do their due diligence.
 
Ms. Marko thanked the Council members who attended the March 21, 2012 meeting. Ms. Marko personally thanked Mr. Ward for his insightful comments, which will hopefully encourage citizens to think harder when it comes to funding our schools. She also announced that there will $2.3 million in cuts next school year, and the School Board will be looking for support in the November election. Ms. Marko congratulated Laura Baca for being chosen as the 2012 Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics Outstanding Elementary Classroom Teacher for Northeastern Ohio.
 
Mr. Packard inquired as to the time frame regarding the selection of the new superintendant. Ms. Marko replied that although the time frame is uncertain, they are hoping to have a more narrowed down selection by the end of the month.
 
Mr. Frey asked if there was a revised date for the Stakeholders Committee. Ms. Marko informed him the meeting has not yet been scheduled.
 
The meeting was opened to public comment.
 
Scott Brody, of 6363 Huntington Drive, Solon, commented on the Sherri Park Apartments Fire. Mr. Brody's parents live on the forth floor of Sherri Park Apartments. Mr. Brody expressed his thanks and praise to the Fire Department, the Police Department, Mayor Cicero, CERT, and the Council Members who were present at the fire. He stated that the patience and understanding of everyone should be commended. Mr. Brody told Mayor Cicero that he should be very proud of every official, every employee, and every volunteer. Mr. Brody felt the need to be present at the Council meeting to thank everyone personally.
 
Mr. Frey thanked Mr. Brody for attending the meeting and showing his appreciation.
 
Marge Cirillo, 5173 Graham Drive, stated that she also would like to commend the Fire Department. She is a member of CERT who assisted the residents back into their damaged homes. Ms. Cirillo said the firemen were extremely patient and helpful in the process of retrieving their personal belongings.
 
Mr. Frey thanked Ms. Cirillo for her help and for taking the time to attend the meeting.
 
ORDINANCE NO. 2012-21
INTRODUCED BY: ADMIN
 
AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE CLERK OF COUNCIL TO ADVERTISE FOR BIDS FOR THE SALE BY NEWSPAPER PUBLICATION OR BY INTERNET AUCTION OF SEVEN SURPLUS MOTOR VEHICLES, AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR SUCH MOTOR VEHICLES AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.
 
It was moved by Mr. Ward, seconded by Mr. Schlessel, that rules set forth under Section 123.01 of the Codified Ordinances be suspended for full reading, that Ordinance No. 2012-21 be placed on third reading for final passage and that it be highlighted.
 
Roll Call:
 
Yeas: Marko, Packard, Gambatese, Schlessel, Ward, LoPresti, Frey.
Nays: None.
 
Ordinance No. 2012-21 was highlighted by Ms. Franco, with Section 6 being read in its entirety.
 
It was moved by Mr. Schlessel, seconded by Mr. Gambatese, that Ordinance No.2012-21 be passed.
 
Motion carried.
Ordinance No. 2012-21 is passed.
 
Approve Recommendation of the Planning Commission:
 
Recommendation is made to Council to deny the request of Mr. Ron Basile, Owner, to rezone his property from "Ten Thousand Square Foot Single Family" to "Class A, Community Business District".
 
It was moved by Mr. Ward, seconded by Mr. Schlessel, that Council approve the recommendation of the Planning Commission to deny the request of Mr. Ron Basile, Owner, to rezone his property from "Ten Thousand Square Foot Single Family" to "Class A, Community Business District".
 
Roll Call:
 
Yeas: Marko, Packard, Gambatese, Schlessel, Ward, LoPresti, Frey.
Nays: None.
 
Motion carried.
 
It was moved by Mr. Schlessel, seconded by Mr. LoPresti, that the meeting be adjourned.
 
The question was put to a voice vote and passed unanimously.
 
Meeting adjourned at 8:27 P.M.


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