The Cleveland City Council on Monday voted for the final passage of the ordinance that regulates the use and operation of recycling collection centers, salvage yards and the like, within the Commercial Highway Zone, which is the designation along South Lee Highway.
It was noted that two recycling, scrap metal businesses on South Lee Highway can operate in their present locations for just two more years.
The owners of both companies along with legal representation came before the council to ask for more time before making them move. Evan Nelson, owner of M & N Recycling at 1511 South Lee Highway, said he needed more time to prepare financially, and said he has seven years remaining on his lease. Allen Murphy representing Larry Dagata, owner of Can-It Recycling, said that a complaint from a competitor, a third scrap business which is located elsewhere, wants to put the two companies on Lee Highway out of business. Eddie Brown, a lawyer for that scrap company, also came to the meeting Monday and asked for the council to enforce the ordinance, and make the other two move because they are out of compliance with the zoning.
Councilman Richard Banks told the business owners that the council is duty bound to uphold the city’s ordinances, and that recycling centers are required to be in a different zone. Although the city issued the business licenses, he said that it should be the burden of the business owner to make sure the location is right for the type of business. He said if an exception was made in this case, the floodgates would open for others wanting to operate out of the proper zone. The vote was unanimous approval to uphold the ordinance on second reading.
Public hearings were held concerning rezoning three areas. All were unanimously approved by the planning commission and accepted by the council. Land consisting of 13.95 acres downtown was changed from Heavy Industrial Zoning to Central Business District. Six acres at Victory Dr. SW, Phillips St. NW and Jacobs Avenue SW was changed from R4 Mobile Home Park to Mixed Use Zoning. Approval was also given for rezoning 18.7 acres at North Lee Highway and Tasso Lane from Commercial Highway to Planned Unit Development (PUD).
Authorization was given to reimburse the Industrial Development Board up to $15,000 for the structural condition analysis of the Historic Cherokee Hotel to determine feasibility for redevelopment. Mayor Tom Rowland said a meeting is scheduled next week with a prospective buyer. The study will provide a baseline for the appraisal, and is a good way to show the city’s interest in redevelopment of downtown. Councilman Bill Estes said that the city cannot grow through annexation so growth must be geared to redevelopment.
Acceptance of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant for the Cleveland Fire Department Stations 1, 3 and 4 was given approval for retrofitting engine bay vehicle exhaust systems in the amount of $142,982. The vote included approval of the city’s match of $14,298.
The mayor was authorized to sign an application for the Edward Byrne Grant, which would be used for in-car camera systems and technology upgrades for e-ticketing. Another grant that will be applied for is the congestion Mitigation Air Quality Maintenance grant for the Cleveland-Chattanooga Commute Hub which is a Park and Ride lot at the Old Woolen Mill to link CARTA from Chattanooga to Cleveland.
Cleveland’s city code was amended to add a new chapter relative to wine sales in retail food stores. This will include the establishment of a new municipal inspection fee of five percent to retail food licensees. The city code was also amended to increase the number of Class 2 beer permits from 10 to 12. This came about because officials said the Village Green venue has been losing business because they do not have an off-premise beer permit.