The Voice Of The Flats! www.clevelandflats.org Email: email@example.com Current Closure of Columbus Road Lift Bridge The “LITTLE” Fix Current expectation is that the Columbus Road Bridge will reopen on Sunday, 11/ 2 or Monday, 11/3. OXBOW ACTION 420 31 OCTOBER 2008 Flats Oxbow Annual Meeting Tuesday, December 9, 2008 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM Windows on the River $25.00 per person The Flats Oxbow Annual Meeting will be on Tuesday, December 9, 2008 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at Windows on the River in the Powerhouse. Agenda will include election of trustees and Peter Lawson Jones as keynote speaker. W. 3rd Street Bridge Closure for Minor Repairs The W. 3 Street Bridge is having some electrical issues and will be closed sporadically during the next weeks to work on the electrical system, etc. of the bridge. Every effort will be made to keep the bridge open during peek traffic hours. rd Nominating Committee The Flats Oxbow Nominating Committee is hard at work putting together a slate of trustees for consideration at the annual meeting on December 9, 2008. Those interested in running for trustee should contact Paula Lewis, chairman of the nominating committee @ 330-463-1226 or phone the Flats Oxbow office @ 216-566-1046. Deadline for submissions is 5:00 PM on Tuesday, November 18, 2008. 2009 Year Of The River Sparking Stewardship By Jane Goodman Planning is underway for the Year of the River. The Cuyahoga River Community Planning Organization, home of the Cuyahoga River Remedial Action Plan (RAP), will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 1969 Cuyahoga River fire with a year's worth of events, activities and projects aimed at raising public awareness of the importance of the river to our environment and economy, the progress that's been made in cleaning up the river, the work that still needs to be done, and the ways everyone in the region can contribute to the stewardship of our streams and rivers. Organizations and businesses who use the river stewardship theme in their 2009 programs, create new events to celebrate the river or make a financial contribution to support Year of the River will be able to use the project logo and receive recognition and promotion through the YOTR media outreach, web site and partner opportunities. The group hopes to bring more people to "rediscover, respect and revitalize" the river and its tributaries all along its 100miles length and 800-square-mile watershed, through four counties and a hundred communities. The navigation channel will be at ground zero for many of the activities. If you would like to be involved, help make the year a success, or share a great idea, contact Jane Goodman at 216-241-2414 x 610 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Design Review Date of Meeting: Oct 08, 2008 Agenda: 1. CSO (combined sewer outlet) Building 2. Christie’s 3. Design Review Guidelines Motions : 1. The building is approved as a CMU (cement masonry unit) building, with the understanding that the face-brick (as well as other items described in the submitted wall sections) will be added once the design of adjacent building is determined. The Building Applicant shall seek approval of final face brick / lights / colors / landscaping at the aforementioned time. Passed unanimously 2. The contract to document the signage and guard building at Christie’s remains under negotiation. The owner has every intention to comply with the required reviews and submittals. Tabled 3. Design Guidelines, which took some time to establish, will probably not be revised given the specific concerns of Kahoots, however, they will be reviewed in a couple of weeks given all the current speculated development. 2009 – Harbor Inn celebrates 40 years under Wally Pisorn’s Ownership Planning for a weekend of festivities June 12 – June 14 commemorating Wally Pisorn’s owner/operator of The Harbor Inn is underway. The Three B’s – Bands, Beer & Bacchanalia! Join in the planning @ Harbor Inn on Thursday, November 13, 2008 @ 4:00 PM. In Gratituity Thank you to our Council People for the next round of CDBG funding beginning 7/1/08: Councilman Joe Cimperman Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland Councilman Joe Santiago Councilman Matt Zone These are the 4 councilpersons that have ward boundaries that touch the Cuyahoga River. We couldn’t operate without their support. Thank you to the Cuyahoga County Commissioners, First Energy, Media 1 & Tony George, Tangee Johnson and the th City of Cleveland who make the 4 of July Waterfront Festival possible. Thank you to our City Hall folks who make our life at Flats Oxbow a lot easier. They are: Valarie McCall, Ken Silliman, Jomarie Wasik, and Rob Mavec. Never forget the hardworking telephone operators who are ever so patient and helpful. And a special from the heart thanks to Cyndi Kriz, Sandra Ambris, Sue Bungard, Andrea Paspek, Kristofer Lucskay And to those we drive crazy and they still answer our phone calls: Bob Brown, George Cantor, Ned Reich and Carla Dunton. Dates To Remember 11.04.08 11.06.08 11.18.08 11.19.08 11.27.08 12.09.08 12.17.08 02.02.09 Design Review Flats Block Club Meeting -Flat Iron @ 6 PM Design Review Board of Trustees Meeting Thanksgiving Flats Oxbow Annual Meeting Board of Trustees Meeting Cuyahoga Chuck Day FOA Design Review Advisory Committee The Committee meets at 5:00 PM on the 1 and 3 Tuesday of the month when there are items for review. The next two upcoming meetings will be on 11/04 and 11/18. Complete plans must be submitted to the City’s Building Permits Desk by noon on 10/29 and 11/12 respectively. st rd Industry and Maritime Report By Jim Cox Flats Industry Association (Industry Representative to FOA Board of Trustees) TWIC Card Deadline Extended On Oct. 21, a power outage at the government facility that houses the Transportation Workers Identification Card (TWIC) program temporarily affected the system that facilitates card accreditation. As a result, accreditation of some TWIC cards will be delayed. Nationwide, workers requiring cards will not be able to activate them until the week of Nov. 10. Therefore, the original Oct. 31 deadline for Great Lakes ports has been extended to Dec. 1, 2008. Homeland Security regulations require that anyone working at U.S. maritime facilities, such as the Port of Cleveland downtown and the many bulk docks on the lakefront and along the Cuyahoga River, have TWIC cards. More information about the TWIC program is available at www.tsa.gov/twic, or by telephone at 1-866-DHSTWIC. East Bank Halt Leaves Questions The stunning announcement by on Oct. 28 by developer Scott Wolstein that his East Bank condo-retail-office complex is “temporarily” on hold, leaves many questions that need answers. Like: what will happen to the many projects being funded by public agencies, such as the $8 million in tax funds from the NEO Regional Sewer District to move the East Bank th sewer system up Main Avenue to higher ground on West 9 Street? And the $5 million in tax dollars recently pledged by the City of Cleveland to readjust other infrastructure? And the federal grant to improve bulkheading along the riverfront, between Main Avenue and north to the site where the legendary Fagan’s restaurant was? Hopefully, we’ll find out. Bike Path Meeting Flats industry and Flats Oxbow are working together to arrange a convenient date and location in the Flats for a full and open discussion about the proposed routes for the Ohio Canal Corridor’s (OCC) bike path through the Flats. The City, Downtown Cleveland Alliance (DCA) and the OCC (Ohio Canal Corridor) are working with the engineering consultant firm, Baker Co., paid for by a $60,000 grant from the Federal Highway Administration. DCA proposed a meeting at its Terminal Tower offices, which both Flats Industry and Oxbow deemed inappropriate, considering how many businesses want to attend. TRASH RECEPTACLES --- At the request of FOA, the City has installed several permanent trash receptacles in the entertainment area of the West Flats. It’s too soon to tell if they have made a difference in the amount of trash on the streets and sidewalks. Since the revelry season has ended, the real test won’t come till next year. RIVERBANK FAILURE RESPONSE PLANNING --- I attended the Oct. 15 follow-up meeting on developing an emergency response plan to a possible riverbank failure in the Irish Town Bend (Riverbed St.) area. A multi-agency working taskforce has been developing the co-coordinated plan over the course of many months; notice and evacuation of residents living in the area has been part of the plan. The key agencies are U.S. Coast Guard, Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, City of Cleveland Fire Department, Port of Cleveland, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer Dist., Cuyahoga River Remedial Action Plan Organization, Flats Oxbow Association, Lake Carriers Association, and Flats Industries Association. The emergency response planning is ongoing. ZONING APPEAL FOR 1700 COLUMBUS RD. --- The most recent and hottest area of residents’ concern regards the appeal by Rosemary Vinci to the Board of Zoning Appeals for approval of a non-conforming use of her property at 1700 Columbus Rd. for a “game/pool billiard hall”. I attended the BOZA meeting on Oct. 27 and spoke in opposition to this appeal. I am not a voting member of the Board of the FOA, and thus, I only spoke for myself and the many residents who have individually expressed their opposition to this zoning appeal to me. The plans Ms. Vinci had submitted to BOZA showed pool tables, video game machines and many rectangular tables; yet, Ms. Vinci told the Flats Oxbow Board and BOZA that she would NOT be putting a pool table in the establishment nor get a liquor license or license to prepare food on the premises. Also, the wording of the formal hearing notice which was distributed at the door of the hearing was different than the wording of the notice which had appeared on the BOZA website. At the suggestion of BOZA, Ms. Vinci withdrew her appeal. She claims she will rework it and resubmit it at a later date as a “private club” where people play games such as checkers and backgammon and have financial discussions. “PRIVATE CLUB” REGULATIONS --- Prior to the above BOZA hearing, Tom Newman, Laura Furjanic, Linda Long (another Flats resident) and I met with Councilman Cimperman, Ms. Vinci and a member of the City’s legal staff to discuss the residents’ concerns about the zoning appeal. I noted that there were no provisions in the zoning, building or business codes which governed the establishment of “private clubs”. Councilman Cimperman assured us that he would form a group to draft such regulations to present as part of a revision of the existing codes. He asked me, Tom Newman and Linda Long to be part of that working group and asked the City’s attorney to obtain copies of the “private club” codes which are being used in other cities such as Chicago, Milwaukee and Indianapolis to help us with our work. We hope to get started on this worthy effort in November. FLATS MASTER PLAN REVISION --- We anticipate there will be many more planning and zoning issues in the near future as the proposed Convention Center and Medical Mart move to reality in the Tower City area. The Board of Trustees of FOA is trying to find the estimated $150,000 funding necessary to undertake a full-scale revision of the Flats Master Plan to include both the increase in residential use and the likely influence of those new monumental developments on our area. RAMP CLOSURES ON THE INNERBELT AND FIRE STATION 21 CLOSURE--- The Tremont West Development Corp. held a community meeting on Oct. 27 to discuss the impact the ramp closures on the Innerbelt were having on their neighborhood. A regional administrator for ODOT was there to hear the concerns of people and businesses being impacted adversely by these closures. Many other elected and appointed officials were also in attendance. I attended the meeting and described the plight of Flats residents as our streets are jammed with people seeking an alternate route into or out of the downtown area. It actually took me 20 min. to get from City Hall to my home in Stonebridge last Friday during rush hour! Along with numerous other residents, I expressed outrage that the City had closed Fire Station 21 which, along with the severely limited access into the Flats and Tremont, has created an irresponsible crisis for fire response in our areas. Mike LaWell from Arcelor Mittal Steel and Jim Cox from Flats Industries also spoke of the plight of major businesses in the Flats because of these two inter-related issues. I will continue to work closely with our Tremont neighbors to get an expedited resolution to this crisis. Cuyahoga Chuck Day Monday, February 2, 2009 Groundhog Day is a traditional festival celebrated in the United States and Canada on February 2. It is a cross-quarter day, midway between the Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox. In traditional weather lore, if a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day and fails to see its shadow because the weather is cloudy, winter will soon end. If the groundhog sees its shadow because the weather is bright and clear, it will be frightened and run back into its hole, and the winter will continue for six more weeks. Somewhere between 7:30 AM and 8:00 AM Cuyahoga Chuck will check out the shadow situation. The Flat Iron will be open for a pancake breakfast and what not for a nominal charge. Boilermakers, bloody Mary’s, screwdrivers and mimosas are pricier. Flats Oxbow Resident’s Corner By Linda Barley QUARTERLY RESIDENTS MEETING --- A quarterly Residents Meeting was held on Sept. 29. The primary purpose was to inform the residents of the status of the riverbank subsidence in the Irish Town Bend area. Jim White gave an abbreviated version of the PowerPoint presentation which has been shown to many local officials and other groups. Residents were encouraged to have a personal plan in place should they temporarily not be able to live in their residence while a potential hillside failure is handled by agencies responding to the emergency.