Yes, dogs must be on leashes, and the leash must be held by the person at all times at Horseshoe Lake, Lower Lake and Southerly Parks. Outside these parks, dogs are required to be on leashes or under the control of their owners at all times so as not to create a nuisance. (Section 705.02 C.O.)
Violations of certain City laws (i.e., ordinances) at a residential property may be declared nuisances if they are engaged in by (a) the owner, (b) any occupant, or (c) any guest of the owner or any occupant. If the Police find that two or more violations occur within a 12-month period, the owner may be sent a notice declaring the property a “nuisance,” and then after a third violation, the Police may send a notice and charge police response costs for the third and any subsequent violation within 12 months. (Chapter 109 C.O.)
Yes, the owner may file an appeal with the Chief of Police for any notice sent under this law within 30 days of the date of the notice. If the Chief determines the facts do not support the declaration of nuisance, the Chief will rescind the notice. If the Chief finds that the facts do support the declaration, the Board of Appeals will hear the appeal. An appeal will not stop the City from taking enforcement action or pursuing criminal prosecution.
On appeal, in order to overturn the nuisance declaration, the owner must show that:
He/she was not the owner at the time of any one of the nuisance activities
He/she had knowledge of the nuisance activity, but took action to stop the activity from occurring
He/she had no knowledge, but as soon as he/she received notice, the owner took action to stop it from happening again.
No! Federal fair housing law and regulations prohibit a landlord from charging a double security deposit when a reasonable modification is made by a tenant. However, the tenant may have to bear the cost of any modifications. The tenant is responsible for restoring changes he or she made to the interior only if, upon termination, the changes would interfere with the use of the apartment by future tenants. The Ohio and Shaker Heights Fair Housing Acts have similar requirements.
No. It is not possible to guarantee that any rate will be the lowest over any particular period of time. The natural gas market is extremely volatile and is subject to many outside forces such as weather conditions and the overall economy, as well as to natural and manmade disasters.
The City is a member of the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) for its electric aggregation program. As of January, 2017, NOPEC entered into an energy supply contract with NextEra Energy Services Ohio, LLC (NESO). Customers have two choices: (1) a variable rate that is set at 6% below the CEI Price to Compare (on your electric bill), that has limited availability; and (2) a "fixed" rate that may be set monthly or for longer periods. Customers may switch to another supplier by canceling their NOPEC/NextEra contract at no cost. For more information and to compare rates visit the NOPEC, or the PUCO's Apples to Apples Comparison website.
Grass over six inches tall is a violation of the Housing Code and is classified as a nuisance. The City may issue a notice once in a growing season to the owner of a property that any violations of the ordinance may result in the City cutting the grass and sending the owner an invoice for the City’s cost, which will be, at minimum, $100. If the invoice is not paid, the amount is placed on the property taxes for that owner. (See Sections 1412.03 and 1411.25, and Chapter 107 C.O.)
All bicycle operators and passengers over five years of age must wear properly sized ANSI or SNELL approved helmets with fastened chinstraps. Required equipment includes such things as properly colored reflectors and audible warning devices. (Section 381.07 C.O.)
Persons selling goods or services door-to-door in the City must obtain a license, unless they are specifically exempted. Any person required to obtain a license may solicit door-to-door only between 9 am and one half-hour after sunset.
The following persons are not required to obtain a license or pay a license fee, but must register with the Police Department:
Any person soliciting or peddling newspapers or anything which such person has personally manufactured, raised, or produced.
Any person soliciting the rendering of personal services to be performed by the person so soliciting.
Any person soliciting contributions for, or offering for sale, any goods or publications for any religious, charitable, civic, educational, or political organization.
Any person not required to obtain a license may solicit only from 9 am to 9 pm.
Any person soliciting contributions without selling any goods or services, or going door-to-door to speak with residents, is not required to register with the Police or obtain a license. However, for the safety of the person and the community, the City encourages such persons to notify the Police of their intention, location, and time period to go door-to-door. (For more information, see Chapter 545 C.O.)
No. The use of powered snow removal equipment is a specific exception to the law prohibiting domestic power tool use late at night and in the early morning hours. There is no time restriction for the use of such equipment.
As of April 1, 2018, the Vice Mayor, Anne Williams, will become Acting Mayor, while retaining her position as a member of City Council, for up to 60 days (thru May 30, 2018). (Article IV, Section 2 of the Charter of the City of Shaker Heights.)
There will be an election for Mayor on November 6, 2018 to elect the person who will serve as Mayor through December 31, 2019 (i.e. through the end of Mayor Leiken’s current 4-year term.) There will then be the regular election of a Mayor in November 2019, for a 4-year term (2020 –2023). (Article IV, Section 2 of the Charter of the City of Shaker Heights.)
The Mayor has the following duties under City law:
All the judicial powers granted by the general laws of Ohio to Mayors of cities, unless and until other lawful provisions shall be made for the exercise of such powers.
Preside at all meetings of the Council but shall have no vote therein.
Approve and sign ordinances and resolutions adopted by Council, or disapprove the whole or any item of an ordinance appropriating money, or the whole of any other ordinance or resolution
.Act as chief executive officer of the City.
Supervise the administration of the City’s affairs, and exercise control over all departments and divisions.
Be the chief conservator of the peace within the City and shall see that all laws and ordinances are enforced therein.
Be responsible for the preparation and submission of the annual estimate of receipts and expenditures, and appropriation measure, and at all times keep the Council fully advised as to the financial condition and needs of the City.
Recommend to the Council such measures as he or she deems necessary or expedient.
See that all terms and conditions imposed in favor of this City or its inhabitants in any franchise or contract to which this City is a party are faithfully kept and performed.
Appoint, promote, transfer, reduce or remove all officers and employees of the City except those required to be elected, and except those whose terms are fixed, and except judges.
Execute on behalf of the City all contracts, conveyances, evidences of indebtedness and all other instruments to which the City is a party.
Be recognized as the official and ceremonial head of the City government, by the Governor for military purposes, and by the courts for the purpose of serving civil processes.
(Article IV, Section 3 of the Charter of the City of Shaker Heights.)
Be a member of the City Planning Commission/Board of Zoning Appeals. (Article V, Section 3 of the Charter of the City of Shaker Heights).
May act as Director of Safety of the City. (Section 121.01 of the Ordinances of the City of Shaker Heights).
The current salary of the Mayor is $87,000 per year, plus benefits. The Mayor’s salary may only be changed every 4 years by City Council, with the next time being in 2019, by June 30. The salary set by Council in 2019 takes effect for the mayoral term beginning January 1, 2020.
The City’s Charter and ordinances does not define whether the Mayor’s position is a full or part-time position. The time put into the position is up to each Mayor, and is, in part, a function of the time it takes to meet the responsibilities of the position.