CEDAR FAIRMOUNT BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING MINUTES
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Nighttown at 9:00 am
Sal Russo, Sr., President called the meeting to order. Introductions were made. Present were: Cheryl Davis, 5/3 Bank; Brian Anderson, Tim Boland, Suzanna Nierman O’Neil, Mary Dunbar, City of Cleveland Heights; Vince Pangle, Cedar Fairmount LLC; Don King, Buckingham Condominiums; Bill Stickley, Tawny Ratner, Cedar Fairmount Condominiums; David LaVelle, Edward Jones; Brendan Ring, Nightown; Sal Russo, Sr., Cedar Grandview Building; Sal A. Russo, Heights Medical Building; Michelle Ross, Leslie Marceau, Pavilion Home & Floral; Lee Cavender, Heights Center Building,; Kaye Lowe, Executive Director, CFSID.
Leslie Marceau and Michelle Ross, owners of Pavilion Home and Floral, were introduced. They moved into the vacated Ten and Twenty space of the Heights Center Building two month ago. They offer home products that are unique and classic, as well as curated accessories and products for the home. Floral arrangements are created by special order. They reported they are very happy with their move from Larchmere to Cedar Fairmount. Michelle and Leslie were welcomed to the business community.
Secretary Lee Cavender presented the minutes of the July 12th meeting. Mary Dunbar motioned to approve. Sal Russo, Sr. seconded. Motion carried.
Treasurer Brendan Ring submitted a financial report. Cedar Fairmount has a balance of $59,023.09 as of September 9th. He presented a Profit & Loss Statement showing net income of $18,623.45. Lee Cavender motioned to accept the report. Cheryl Davis seconded. The motion carried.
City of Cleveland Heights: Mary Dunbar reported the Fairmount Properties and Flaherty & Collins development proposals for Top of The Hill include a hotel, retail, office space and housing, and parking.
Susanna Nierman O’Neil said teams have been to sites developed or being developed by both companies. They have a list of priorities being checked; they are carefully considering “What the developers added to sites.” Once a developer is chosen there will be community outreach meetings. Projected time line once the plans are formed is between 18 – 24 months. The Cleveland Heights website has project specifics. A decision should be made this month.
Tim Boland, Cleveland Heights Economic Developer, said his department will focus on the vibrancy of the business districts and neighborhoods; working to bring more businesses and residents to the city; and having Cleveland Heights be competitive with other cities. Brian Anderson, Cleveland Heights Business Development Manager, said he will work with business owners on a one-to-one basis to help them solve issues, and to respond in a timely manner. He will work with the city to drive new business opportunities and meet to solve business challenges. The Department’s objectives include:
- Focus on core businesses in Cleveland Heights and assist with their growth plans.
- Identify technology clusters for new business development.
- Aggressively work to attract high-skilled knowledge workers that will live and work in the community.
- Accelerate the services of the Small Business Development Center and other resource initiatives that provide a platform of business programs, services, support and funding options.
Parking Passport Pilot Program:
Susanna said the Passport Pilot project will start on Wednesday, September 14th in the Cedar Fairmount Garage. People can download the app or pay with quarters. The cost is $.50 an hour. Cedar Lee and Coventry garages will follow with the app. After evaluation in January, the Passport App will be added to service lots with a Kiosk in each lot. There is no limit to the amount of time you can park. Kaye thanked Susanna for her diligent work to move this Passport Pilot program along.
2017 Streetscape Project: Final plans have been presented to ODOT. The City of Cleveland Heights owns the strip of land the bike and walking path will be on located in Cleveland. Documents have been sent to Cleveland to sign off. As soon as this happens, bids will be requested. The project should take 6 months and be completed by August. Discussion followed. It was suggested sleeves be put under the street to the traffic island for water to the island. Also water lines should be directed to the tree areas. It was discussed there will be less planters and the wooden planters at Heights Center will be removed.
Music Hop Update; Cedar Fairmount is a $500.00 sponsor. We have a half page ad in the Music Hop program being dispersed throughout the two days. Cedar Fairmount will have a table for volunteers to sign in. Volunteers will show patrons where the music is and direct them accordingly. There will be signage outside each venue. The CF venues are: Luna Bakery Café, The Fairmount, Church of Cleveland Heights, Pavilion Home & Floral, Appletree Books, and Nighttown. Each venue will have two to three groups. Music is from 5 to 10 pm. Future Heights is using Nighttown as a fundraiser for $40.00 per person. Sammy De Leon’s Orchestra will be playing.
Cedar Fairmount Summer Festival: Kaye thanked all the businesses and property owners who sponsored the festival along with the CAC grant. The festival was a success. It was a sunny day with many happy families. Added attractions from Cleveland Metro Parks, Akron Zoo, and Cleveland Museum of Natural History were quite appealing. The survey taken showed vendors and patrons were happy and wished to return. Kaye said the only comments were the festival should be confined to Cedar Road. She commented she felt it was time to change the concept, but had, as requested, applied for a 2017 CAC grant for a festival. If the streetscape is complete, perhaps it could be changed to a Celebration of the New Cedar Fairmount.
Holiday Greens: A contract from Budding Artists for holiday greens was presented. 16 ceramic planters filled with greens and bows would be $115.00 each. Total of $1,840.00. Sal motioned we accept the bid. Lee seconded. Motion carried. Kaye gave financial costs for the wooden planters at Heights Center to Lee Cavender and for the Lion Head planters to Sal A. Russo at Heights Medical.
Snow Removal Contract:New Vista Enterprises presented a contract from Nov. 15, 2016 – April 15, 2017 for snow removal of $7,500. Eco Melt would be $12.50 a bag and $75.00 per application. There is no increase over the previous contract. Discussion followed. Vince Pangle suggested we ask for a 2-3 year contract to see if the price could be reduced. The contract was tabled until Kaye makes the request.
Community Shredding Day – Sunday, September 18th from 9 am – 12:00 pm
Music Hop – Friday, September 23 – Cedar Fairmount Saturday, September 24 – Cedar Lee
Ten Thousand Villages Rug Event – September 23 – 25
Foothill Galleries of the Photo-Succession – September 28, 6 – 8 pm – New Show – Open House
Halloween Trick or Treat Night – Wednesday, October 19th from 5 – 7 pm
Small Business Saturday – November 26th
Holiday Event – Thursday, December 8th
Lee Cavender motioned the meeting be adjourned. Cheryl Davis seconded. The meeting adjourned at 10:30 am.
Kaye Lowe, Recorder