The Next Energy Leg Public Profile Edit Profile Sign Out >Weiss sworn in as Shaker mayor for the next leg: City Council recap Updated January 16, 2019 at 12:16 PM; Posted January 16, 2019 at 1:31 AM Shaker Heights Municipal Court Judge K.J. Montgomery administers the oath of office to Mayor David Weiss in this file photo. (Tom Jewell/Special to cleveland.com ) By Thomas Jewell, special to cleveland.com SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio -- After being sworn in Monday (Jan. 14) to serve the remaining year on his predecessor's term, Mayor David Weiss briefly outlined his plans to "take Shaker to new Heights." At the same time, Weiss also hoped to take the city to a corresponding "low," as City Council unanimously authorized a new natural gas aggregation program, locking in a very attractive rate for 24 months with its current supplier. That was the last order of business at the special council meeting after Shaker Heights Municipal Court Judge K.J. Montgomery administered the oath of office to Weiss. Weiss was appointed as interim mayor by council after Earl Leiken stepped down in April to serve as chief of staff for Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish. He then ran successfully in November to serve the rest of Leiken's mayoral term, with plans to run again in the upcoming General Election next fall. To get there, Weiss spoke Monday of building on momentum (like the opening of the Van Aken District), change (being proactive rather than reactive), and progress (that which was already achieved in previous administrations) in eight key areas, including: -- Economic development -- applying not only to the Van Aken District but also to the Chagrin-Lee corridor and elsewhere -- Financial stewardship -- from conservative fiscal management to dealing with budget cuts from Columbus -- Attracting and retaining residents -- accomplished with premier municipal services -- Governmental efficiency and modernization -- improving internal operating efficiencies and reducing deferred maintenance to attract top-notch employees -- Transparency and communication -- providing greater openness, such as changing the way people are appointed to committees, with applications becoming available on the city's website -- Sustainability -- "it's not just the right thing, it's the smart thing, and good business" -- Regionalism -- capitalizing on opportunities beyond the Heights-Hillcrest Regional Dispatch Center -- Focusing on people, diversity and equity -- "our people remain our core strength" Weiss added that his goal is to make sure that "everybody in our community can take advantage of what Shaker has to offer." And at the same time, Weiss emphasized that, even as mayor, "I can't do this on my own. It takes a joint effort." That effort will continue for roughly 6,000 natural gas customers in the city -- residents and businesses -- who are now signed on to the natural gas aggregation program that has been offered through the city since 2006. After sending out requests for proposals to 10 suppliers, City Law Director William Ondrey Gruber and the administration recommended sticking with IGS Energy Inc. Weiss and Shaker Chief Administrative Officer Jeri Chaikin said the measure was passed as an emergency and without going through committee because they didn't want to see the price offered slip in the interim. As for committees, council plans to do away with the newly formed Building, Housing and Technology Committee, canceled due to lack of legislation. At the same time, the Sustainable Shaker Task Force, established as the Climate Change Task Force in the wake the extraordinary rainfall and massive flooding in July 2014, will become a full-fledged committee this year. Reappointments have also been made to various boards and commissions, including: -- Clifford Brown and Ronald Reed to the City Landmark Commission for three-year terms -- Marc Ciccarelli and Robert Sullivan as alternates for the Architectural Board of Review for three-year terms -- Jack Boyle to the City Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals, a six-year term -- Councilman Sean Malone and numerous others to the roughly 20-member board of trustees for the Shaker Heights Development Corp.