Cedar Brook Financial Partners' Frank Legan was Honored for Service as Councilman in Highland Heights as he ends an eight-year run

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — Tuesday's City Council was marked by several emotional moments, namely because it represented the end of an eight-year run for Councilperson Frank Legan, who announced earlier this year that he would not run for another term.

Legan did not furnish a specific reason for leaving council other than stating, "It's time for something new."

When discussing why he initially decided to run for council, Legan said it's a job that had been on his bucket list since third grade.

"We choose where to live and establish our roots," Legan said. Serving as a council member was part of his desire to be firmly established in Highland Heights. He also said he was in it to serve people.

Legan thanked his family, friends, neighbors and the community for their support—many of whom attended his last council meeting—and said he has enjoyed his time as a public servant.

"As council members, I think we sometimes get more credit than we deserve," he said, explaining it takes teamwork from department heads, the city's staff members and elected officials to create a successful community.

"Everything we've done has been in the spirit of cooperation," he said, adding Council President Cathy Murphy has kept things in order during times of disagreements. "I know it's a hard job, and she has done well with it."

Legan added that he believes Mayor Scott Coleman is "the best mayor Highland Heights has ever had."

Coleman reflected his sentiments and said Legan joined city council for all the right reasons. "This was a people matter to Frank," he said.

Coleman named board and committee appointments for 2014 and stated Legan will remain active in Highland Heights by serving on the Board of Building and Zoning Appeals.

Other big news announced during tonight's council meeting pertained to the former Catalano's property, which is an official go thanks to the final closing that took place Tuesday. "Hopefully, we'll start seeing activity immediately," said Law Director Timothy Paluf. Once the property is redeveloped, it will house multiple tenants.

Members of council also discussed the upcoming Cuyahoga County Airport open house that will be held Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Progressive office building, 6671 Beta Drive, Mayfield Village. The city is in support of Alternative 23, which would provide 5,502 feet of runway.

District 11 Cuyahoga County Councilperson Sunny Simon attended the meeting and said thus far, all signs seem to be pointing toward Alternative 23. She is hopeful the final outcome will match the city's stance.

City officials passed a moratorium on permits for electronic signs. Currently, there are two electronic signs in Highland Heights, both of which are used for governmental purposes.

Murphy anticipates city officials will revisit this issue beginning in 2014 and said a six-month moratorium will provide council members with more time to conduct research. She explained electronic signs "could change the entire landscape of the city" and added codes need to be put in place to regulate electronic signage. All members of council voted in favor of the moratorium.

The last item of major interest was the second reading of a deal to allow Highland Heights to participate in Cuyahoga County's benefits regionalization program for health care insurance. City employees will be covered under the county plan starting in February 2014.

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