Office of Equal Opportunity Develops LGBTBE Registry

The City of Cleveland’s Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) in collaboration  with Plexus, the Cleveland LGBT Chamber of Commerce, has developed a Lesbian, Gay,  Bisexual and Transgender Business Enterprises (LGBTBE) registry.

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Chief of Public Affairs and Interim Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity Natoya Walker Minor

“We believe that the LGBTBE Registry is both a historic and monumental step forward that will  contribute towards a stronger business environment and that aligns with the mission of the  Office of Equal Opportunity, “to advance economic opportunity for Clevelanders,” said Natoya  Walker Minor, Interim Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity.

To apply for the registration, businesses must demonstrate that they are at least 51% owned  and operated by an LGBT individual and located and doing business in the Cleveland  Contracting Market. LGBTBEs that are registered with the City will be placed on OEO’s online registry. The application for the LGBTBE registration can be found at https://cleveland.diversitycompliance.com.

“We applaud the City of Cleveland on the launch of its LGBTBE registry,” said Michelle  Tomallo, board president of Plexus, the LGBT and allied chamber of commerce in Northeast Ohio. “This historic step shows the City’s commitment to advancing the economic well-being of all Clevelanders. Plexus is proud to help the City in these efforts and we look forward to our continued work together to build a stronger business environment.”

Office of Equal Opportunity Develops LGBTBE Registry

Pothole crews begin work on residential sides streets today


Steady, systematic approach to repairing streets: Potholes, resurfacing and reconstruction

Potholes.  Everyone, including us, has been talking about potholes for months. Cleveland, Detroit, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and cities throughout the northern half of the United Stconstruction1ates seem to be facing record numbers of potholes after a winter that seemed to be colder, snowier and longer than those in recent years.  This winter’s deep freeze with intermittent periods of above freezing temperatures along with frequent snow plowing had a significant impact on our roads this year.

But, potholes are an annual issue in the city of Cleveland and over the last several years, we have developed a systematic approach to filling potholes and repairing streets that works.  This year, even with more potholes to deal with, the systematic approach is working and we are beginning to move in to residential streets as of today. Early in the pothole season, we provided this strategy to Cleveland City Council and today, we want to make sure that you know what progress we’ve made.

Systematic and efficient, not random and sporadic

Starting in the Winter and working through the Spring, Cleveland street crews patch potholes whenever weather permits, based on the following priorities:

  • We make emergency repairs for extremely severe potholes on all City streets;
  • We start with the main streets and secondary routes, prioritizing those in the worst condition for repair first;
  • Then we move in to the residential side streets, using the same “worst first” approach that is used on main streets.

This means that streets as a whole are prioritized over individual potholes.  In this way, we use our crews much more efficiently, repairing an entire street before moving on to the next.

More resources

Since January, we have had an average of 10-12 pothole crews working on asphalt streets every day that weather permits. That is double the number of daily crews we have used in past years, thanks to additional funding authorized by Mayor Frank G. Jackson. In addition, we have one or two Durapatch crews repairing concrete roads daily. And, three Pothole Killer machines, run by Patch Management, Inc., which began working on city streets on March 11, as a result of Mayor Jackson allocating the dollars to hire the service. These extra resources have put us ahead of schedule for this year’s street maintenance programs.

That’s a lot of Asphalt 

Since January, the City of Cleveland has used 923 tons of cold patch and more than 3,255 tons of hot asphalt to repair potholes.  Here’s how:

  • Cold Patch: The Division of Public Works began repairing potholes in January with Cold Patch. Cold patch, which is made from an aggregate of asphaltic material, is pliable in cold, dry weather. The cold patch method is primarily used to make critical repairs when it is not warm enough to use hot asphalt and the local companies that make hot asphalt are not open. This year, we have used a total of 923 tons of cold patch on City streets. 
  • Recycled Hot Asphalt: The local hot asphalt plants do not make hot asphalt in the cold of winter.  But, the Division of Streets is capable of making their own hot asphalt by using machines that recycle asphalt.  This helps us make repairs when it’s warm enough to use hot asphalt but the hot asphalt plants are closed. From January 1 through March 17, City crews used 873.5 tons of recycled asphalt.
  • Hot Asphalt: The best method to repair potholes is to use hot asphalt and the ideal time for these repairs is on dry days when the temperature is at least 40 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Hot asphalt plants typically open in April, but this year, we were able to convince some of them to open early, in March because of the severity of the pothole problem. Since March 17th, the City has used a total of 2,128.5 tons of hot asphalt.
  • Durapatch: Durapatch concrete road repair machines use hot asphalt to make repairs on concrete roads.  We typically have one or two Durapatch machines out working every day making repairs.
  • Pothole Killer: On March 11, one Pothole Killer machine began filling potholes on city streets. Today, there are three Pothole Killers in action that have used a total of 253 tons of hot asphalt.

That’s a grand total of more than 4,178 tons of material used on pothole repairs since January. That’s a lot of asphalt.

Problem spots

 This year, three streets in particular proved to be problematic, Kingsbury Boulevard, W. 117th Street and Rocky River Drive.

  • Kingsbury Boulevard Rehabilitation: Crews from the Division of Street Maintenance and Traffic Engineering cleaned and filled all the failed joints along the length of Kingsbury Boulevard and side street approaches. Four prep and cleaning crews and two hot asphalt repair crews used over 200 tons of asphalt on Kingsbury Boulevard during 17 work days.
  • For W. 117th, the Cuyahoga County Council recently passed legislation authorizing $1.3 million for the removal and replacement of concrete along the street.  Next, the City will seek approval from Cleveland City Council to accept the funding and move forward with the project.  This rehabilitation work is expected to begin by July.
  • For Rocky River Drive, the City has been working with ODOT, which recently inspected the condition of the pavement. We will continue to work to find funding for concrete removal and replacement.

Beyond Potholes: Ward Resurfacing Bond Allocations

Pothole repair is just one part of the work that the City of Cleveland does each year to improve the condition of city streets. Preventive maintenance in the form of street resurfacing and crack sealing help prevent potholes from forming.

Every year, money is set aside for the resurfacing of city streets, ward by ward.  Since 2007, approximately $30,000,000 has been allocated for the resurfacing of streets chosen by members of Cleveland City Council. This year, each council member has been allocated approximately $244,000 for the resurfacing of streets in their wards.

The Division of Streets prioritizes streets by condition and presents those streets most in need of resurfacing to the members of Cleveland City Council. Each council member then can select which streets their funds should be spent on.  Council members are currently reviewing their lists and, when the Division of Streets receive the council members’ selections, resurfacing projects can begin. Given the efficiency of the pothole repair efforts this year, we will be able to begin resurfacing work ahead of schedule, likely in June.

In addition, this is the second year in a row that the City of Cleveland has identified funding for crack sealing.  With the freeze-thaw cycles we experience in Cleveland, frequent snow plowing and day-to-day traffic, streets begin to show signs of stress in the form of cracks.  By sealing those cracks early in the life cycle of a street, we can help prevent potholes in the future.

Street Reconstruction Projects

Finally, streets do not last forever and will need to be reconstructed.  Every year, selected city streets undergo major reconstruction, managed by the Mayor’s Office of Capital Projects. Below is a list of some of the major street projects that are underway or will be underway this year.

  • Martin Luther King Jr Drive Phase-2 from Buckingham to Cedar Road
  • Cedar Road Phase-2 from East 89th Street to Martin Luther King Jr Drive
  • Woodland/Buckeye Road Phase-1 from East 55th Street to Buckeye, Buckeye to Ambler St
  • Larchmere Boulevard from North Moreland Boulevard to Martin Luther King Jr Drive
  • Dennison Avenue – I-176 to Ridge Road
  • Clifton Avenue from West 117th Street to Lake Avenue
  • Puritas Avenue  from Rocky River Drive to West 130th
  • Triskett Avenue from West 117 Street to Berea Road
  • Warren Road and Munn Road to Lorain Avenue
  • Fleet Avenue from I77 to Broadway
  • Chester Avenue from East 93rd Street to East 13th Street
  • Harvard Road Bridge
  • Canal Road Bridge
  • Ackley-Broadway Intersection Improvements
  • Madison Ave (West Blvd to West 65th)
  • Madison Ave-W 61st Bridges over GCRTA

As you can see, the Jackson Administration places a high priority on improving the condition of its streets. Overall, since 2007 the City of Cleveland has allocated $141.7 million for ward resurfacing and road and bridge repair.  These city dollars leverage funding from the county, the state and the federal government for critical infrastructure improvements. And, the Jackson Administration is continuing to work on securing additional revenue for future street improvements.

 

Division of Streets Pothole Repair Update (04/23/2014)

Below is a list of pothole repair completions and those repairs currently in progress for April 23, 2014. One Dura patch repair crew and ten hot asphalt repair crews were on duty.

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The City of Cleveland contracted with Patch Management, Inc on March 10, 2014 for the use of three “Pothole Killers” on City streets.

Repair Completions:

  • Erieside Avenue  (East 9th Street to West 3rd Street)
  • South Marginal Road (East 39th Street to East 27th Street)
  • Prospect Avenue (Ontatio Street to Carnegie Avenue)
  • Canal Road (Carter Road to West 3rd Street)
  • East 64th Street (Park Avenue to Lansing Avenue)
  • Intersection of Kingsbury Boulevard & Easton Avenue
  • Lansing Avenue (East 57th Street to East 65th Street eastbound lanes)
  • Fleet Avenue (East 55th Street to Broadway Avenue)
  • Fleet Avenue (Broadway Avenue to East 59th Street)
  • Shaw Avenue (East 125th Street to City Limits)
  • 12017 Lenacrave Avenue to East 116th Street
  • Enterprise Avenue (West 130th Street to end)
  • Detroit Avenue (Lake Avenue to West 65th Street)
  • West 67th Street (Detroit Avenue to Father Caruso Drive)
  • Father Caruso Drive (West 67th Street to West 65th Street)
  • East 65th Street (Father Caruso Drive to Detroit
  • West 115th Street (Lake Avenue to Edgewater Drive)
  • Enterprise Avenue (West 130th Street to Briar Road)
  • West 130th Street (Bellaire Road to Lorain Avenue northbound lanes)
  • Edgewater Drive (West 117th Street to 10433 Edgewater Drive)
  • Bosworth Road (Lorain Avenue to 3435 Bosworth Road)
  • West 157th Street to Lorain Avenue
  • 4493 South Hills Drive

Repairs In Progress:

  • South Marginal Road (East 38th Street to RTA Rapid Station)
  • Portions of Rocky River Drive
  • Portions of East 13th Street

Pothole Killer:

  • Delrey Avenue (East 155th Street to Lee Road)
  • West 56th Street (Storer Avenue to Denison Avenue)
  • Select areas between Superior Avenue and Wade Park
  • Select areas between Ansel road and Addison Road)

City of Cleveland Celebrates Earth Day All Year Round with the “Year of Zero Waste”

Today marks the 44th anniversary of Earth Day, which began on April 22, 1970 and is widely regarded as the beginning of the modern day environmental movement. The City of Cleveland celebrates Earth Day all year round through Sustainable Cleveland 2019! This year, Sustainable Cleveland 2019 is celebrating the “Year of Zero Waste.”  

 

Here are some tips for zero waste” at  home, work, and in your community! 

While the term “waste” generally has a negative connotation, this focus area represents diverse economic and environmental opportunities for Cleveland. By reducing the amount of waste the city produces and sends to landfills, Cleveland can improve human health through the elimination of hazardous waste, protect and increase property values and quality of place, as well as save business, government, organizations and the community money.

Additionally, innovative ways of dealing with waste can create new business and employment opportunities through either the re-use and recycling of products or the creative design of innovative products or processes that allow for “waste-to-profit” or “industrial symbiosis” models.

To learn more about getting involved at home, at work, and in your community on zero waste, click here.

 

Division of Streets Pothole Repair Update (04/21/2014)

Below is a list of pothole repair completions and those repairs currently in progress for April 21, 2014. One Dura patch repair crew and nine hot asphalt repair crews were on duty.

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Repair Completions:

  • East 40th Street  (Community College Avenue to Lakeside Avenue)
  • Superior Avenue (West 9th Street to West 3rd Street)
  • Canal Road (Carter Road to East 9th Street)
  • Fleet Avenue (East 55th Street to East 49th Street)
  • Nottingham Road (Cochran Avenue railroad tracks)
  • Hayden Avenue (St Clair Avenue to Woodworth Avenue)
  • East 156th Street & Lake Shore Boulevard
  • Lee Road (Invermere Avenue to McCracken Road)
  • Turney Road (Warner Road to city limits)
  • Grand Division Avenue (Westbound lanes Turney Road to Warner Road)
  • Bush Avenue (Fulton Road to West 46th Street)
  • West 130th Street (Bellaire Road to Brookpark Road)
  • Enterprise Avenue (West 139th Street to north of 4433 West 130th Street)
  • Briar Road (Enterprise Avenue to West 139th Street)
  • West 139th Street (Briar Road to Enterprise Avenue)
  • Lorain Avenue to Wesley Ave southbound lanes
  • West 99th Street and Lorain Avenue
  • 13209 Liberty Avenue

Repairs In Progress:

  • Canal Road (West 3rd to Carter Road)
  • Enterprise Avenue (West 139th Street to West 130th Street)
  • Select areas of Rocky River Drive
  • Select areas of East 13th Street

Pothole Killer: Not Active on 04/21/2014

Share With Us Your West Side Market Stories and Experiences!

Hey, Cleveland! We’re getting excited about the ongoing $1.4 million dollar investment in the West Side Market’s infrastructure and we want to share that excitement with you!

Our next renovation will be to upgrade the sanitary ejection system, or grease traps inside the Market. In order to do so, the Market will have to be closed from April 27 through Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

The Market will be open on regular hours and days leading up to the April 27 closure and will immediately resume normal hours of operation following completion of the renovation on Friday, May 2, 2014. We are asking the public to please excuse our short absence, while we make this critical upgrade to keep the West Side Market functioning as the premiere public market in the country.

To help spread the word about the improvements going on at the West Side Market, we want you to join us by sharing your photos, facts, and other experiences at the West Side Market through Facebook, Twitter, and Clecityhall.com!

Share your experience at the West Side Market with us on social media…

On Twitter, by following both @CityofCleveland and @WestSideMarket and by using the hashtag #LoveWSM

On the City of Cleveland and West Side Market’s Facebook page!

Or right here on Clecityhall.com!

We look forward to your stories and photos! Don’t forget to shop at the West Side Market on days leading up to the closure on April 27 and during the re-opening on May 2nd!

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City of Cleveland Will Have Regularly Scheduled Waste Collection Pick-Up for Good Friday

The City of Cleveland Department of Public Works WILL collect trash on Friday, April 18, 2014. There will not be a delay in waste collection pick-up. For further  information regarding waste collection, please call the Division of Waste Collection at (216) 664- 3711.

Cleveland City Hall

Cleveland City Hall and all its offices, including Cleveland Public Power and the Water  Department will be closed in observance of the Good Friday holiday. Regular office hours will  resume on Monday, April 21, 2014.

Note: Willard Garage will open at its normal 5:00 a.m. time but will close early at 8:00 p.m.  The West Side Market will be open its regular hours from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.