04/12/2012 News from City Hall Observers

As reported during the 04/12/2012 Government Affairs Committee Meeting

Shaker Heights—an increase on income tax is being considered.

Parma—Rental permit fee is now $150 annually.

Woodmere—The city is now enforcing prohibition on talking & driving. You must park to talk. Hands-free units are allowed. According to an article in the Plain Dealer (July 2011), at least 6 other towns forbid cell phone use by drivers (talking or texting): Brooklyn, North Olmsted, North Royalton, South Euclid, Walton Hills & Woodmere. Other communities forbid texting: Berea, Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, Lyndhurst,& Summit County.

Orange Village—Council updated its uninhabitable dwellings ordinance to make hoarding a public health risk. Some forbidden conditions include: excessive garbage, bed & bathtubs filled to the extent that there is no room for sleeping or bathing; unusable kitchens due to cluttered stoves, sinks, tabletops; human and/or animal waste; unkempt pets; broken doors or windows.

Brook Park—Council recently approved a Master Plan for the city.  Brook Park Council is slated to recognize the first week of March annually as Brook Park Buzzard Week (similar to Hinckley). An event (A Taste of Brook Park) is also being planned for August that will highlight area restaurants.

If you have news to report, please email the Government Affairs Director at jmcmillen@cabor.com.

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