MORELAND HILLS — Village Council last week had the first of three readings on an ordinance that would create a diversity and inclusion commission.

Council President Steve Richman said during the Nov. 10 meeting that, if instated, the new commission will not have legislative authority but could give council suggestions on how to make the village more welcoming while encouraging diversity.

Last year, Councilwoman Monica Sturgis questioned if the village should consider a commission to ensure the community is welcoming to new families. This group could promote DEI in many ways such as village events, hiring practices and police training, she said at that time.

“We’re going through successive readings and we’re amending it with input from council each month,” Mayor Daniel Fritz said on Tuesday about the proposal. “This is only the first reading. Council is still debating certain aspects of the formation of this commission.”

Though changes could be made, the proposal calls for nine members with two members selected by the mayor, one member selected by the council president and the remaining six selected by the council.

In other business, council reported no fluctuations in status regarding the coronavirus since their October meeting.

“Our COVID dashboard has basically remained unchanged. I haven’t heard of any new vaccinations, and I have not heard of any new COVID cases,” Mayor Fritz said. We are handing out COVID-19 test kits courtesy of the Department of Health, he added. “If you need one, just ask and we’ll provide one for

you.”

Mayor Fritz reported meeting with mayors of surrounding communities regarding pandemic procedures and safety requirements. “In terms of county recommendations, we’re still doing what I think is safe,” he said. “Everyone is trying to do what they feel is safest for their community.”

Council approved a conditional use certificate for streambank stabilization on Chagrin Boulevard. The residents requested the certificate to build a new driveway. “Essentially, they are trying to relocate a driveway at this property and, in order to do so, they need to do some [work] within the riparian area,” Councilwoman Laura Kozminski-VanderHart said.

Council approved a motion to authorize Jadco Construction Services, Inc. to patch and paint the Miles Road retaining wall.

“This is a little under a $20,000 increase for additional patching on Miles and, as you remember, when you start digging in there, you find more soft spots and have to continue digging sometimes. So, this original scope of the project was underestimated,” said Councilman Ethan Spencer. “Part of this ordinance is adding about $19,000 to include the scope of Giles Road.” With the passing of this motion, the estimated cost increased to $38,847, which Mr. Spencer said is subject to change once construction

begins.

Motions were approved to authorize contracts with Guardian Life Insurance Company of America for life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment insurance, Medical Mutual for health insurance and Metlife for dental coverage for village employees.

Council approved a motion to amend the schedule of paid holidays.

“This year, Christmas is on Saturday so they would get Christmas Eve off on Friday,” said Mayor Fritz, and the paid holiday on the following Monday.

The next council meeting is Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.

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