Sheffield driveway ordinance adopted, new Shoreway businesses in the works

By JOHN EDWARDS

SHEFFIELD LAKE – Nearly a year after the Planning Commission recommended that City Council mandate concrete driveways, a revised ordinance that mandates concrete driveways for new construction and that grandfathers existing gravel driveways and driveway extensions was approved at Council’s July 25 meeting. The “substitute ordinance,” about a third the length of the original proposal after it was revised at Council’s July 18 work session, affects only front yards and doesn’t ban gravel driveway extensions for vehicles, boats and campers in rear yards. The ordinance requires registration of existing gravel driveways and extensions with the city.

Council’s unanimously approved ordinances: To renew the lease of Shoreway Shopping Center space occupied by Exclusive Balloons, LLC, through 2018; Approve a 10-year lease agreement with Franz Bauer and Bay House LTD to operate a laundromat in the unit at 4118 Lake Road in Shoreway, at $1095 per month in years one through five and $1250 per month in years five through 10; and to authorize Mayor Dennis Bring to advertise for bids and enter into a contract with the lowest and best bidder for the renovation and build-out of unit 4128 B, comprising approximately 8733 square feet of the Shoreway Shopping Center. Council also held an executive session to discuss the possible sale of unit 4128 B, though the potential purchaser was not identified.
Changes are also coming across Lake Road from Shoreway, as Council voted unanimously to uphold Planning Commission’s approval of North Coast Design Build LLC, for new construction of an office building at 4205 Lake Road. North Coast Design Build President Mike Cloud and Vice President Justin Stahler presented designs and drawings of the approximately 3000-square-foot building that would replace the former ice cream/St. Cinnamon/Pizza Hut building with office space for the company’s employees. Cloud told Council the new building, an investment of $845,000, would be long and narrow, reminiscent of traditional railroad stations, and that it would fit the long narrow lot with parking for ten full-time employees. Council also accepted the donation to the city of two vacant lots on Lafayette Boulevard and four vacant lots on Treadway Blvd. from Milos Radojevic and Divna Adams.  
Council’s representative to the Park Board Steve Kovach and Superintendent Patrick Hastings reported that vandals had physically removed one of the two grind rails from the skate park area in Ferndale Park. Though police are investigating the theft, Hastings is not optimistic the theft will be solved anytime soon. He also said a number of teens “have approached the mayor as he walks down the nature trail and said they would like to somehow do a fundraiser to get it replaced and purchase a new one.”
Mayor Bring reported that he has received calls from people who want to reserve Shell Cove Park, with its new observation deck and Brookside Alumni Memorial, for weddings. The mayor suggested discussions with Council and the Park Board to consider such reservations, but noted that some newlyweds have gone ahead and had their ceremonies in the park already.
Council will be in recess for the month of August, but will hold one regular council meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, because the city charter states that Council may not go 30 days without holding a regular meeting. Other city meetings in August are the Zoning Board of Appeals at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, at City Hall, the Civic Center Advisory Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, at the Joyce Hanks Community Civic Center and the Park Board will meet the same evening at 7 p.m. at City Hall.  

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