City to allow construction starts at sunrise

By LARRY C. BOWERS
Posted 11/14/17

The Cleveland City Council eventually approved an amendment of the Municipal Code Monday that had been requested by builders in the community, but only after a small alteration.The amendment would …

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City to allow construction starts at sunrise

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The Cleveland City Council eventually approved an amendment of the Municipal Code Monday that had been requested by builders in the community, but only after a small alteration.

The amendment would have changed the earliest starting time of a construction or repair project from 7 a.m. to 6 a.m. The ordinance had been approved on first reading at the council's previous meeting.

Monday's second and final passage of the end-of-the-road ordinance ran into a slight detour.

Before approval, District 3 Councilman Tom Cassada said he had heard from several constituents who had concerns about the change, including that it would wake up kids early in the morning.

"I would hate to see council start changing the Municipal Code, when there are concerns," he said. "I have no problem with a change, if there is a crisis, but we need to take our citizens into consideration."

At-Large Councilman Richard Banks asked if the governing body could approve the request for one year, and then review it.

City Attorney John Kimball said the easiest way would be to approve the change, and if it was not satisfactory, consider another ordinance. "You cannot approve a sunset provision at this point," added Kimball.

District 2 Councilman Bill Estes then offered a substitute motion to change the language of the proposed ordinance to say "sunrise" instead of 6 a.m. 

Kimball said this could be done, but would be more difficult to enforce.

The substitute motion was then approved on a close, 4-3 vote. 

Cleveland Director of Schools Dr. Russell Dyer attended Monday's council meeting to provide members with an update on the school systems' agreement with Energy Systems Group for a massive overhaul of the system's deteriorating energy system.

The $8.2 million project will be financed by sales tax dollars, and require no contribution from the city.

The statement initiated an inquiry and request from council regarding sales tax dollars, and what school projects these funds are currently financing.

Dyer provided a brief description of these projects and investments, saying he will provide the council with a complete list.

The director of schools was joined by Transportation/Maintenance Supervisor Hal Taylor, who assisted with the presentation of the school system's energy needs.

They emphasized that much of the energy equipment is obsolete, or practically non-operational. Taylor said the cost of keeping it operational is substantial at times.

District 5 Councilman Dale Hughes, a former educator, asked about equipment at Blythe-Bower Elementary.

Taylor said the equipment is in good shape, but the controls from the two merged school were combined, and don't work that well.

The school officials said the plan is to change lighting to LEDs, which will results in additional savings and allow teachers to better monitor lighting.

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