Cleveland Division of Fire Welcomes Two New Fire Engines into Response Fleet

On Thursday, November 19, the Cleveland Division of Fire welcomed two new fire engines into the Division’s response fleet. The first new engine will replace the apparatus located at Fire Station 10 on 1935 East 101 street. The second new engine will replace the apparatus located at Fire Station 39 on 15637 Lorain Avenue.

Both engines cost $380,000 apiece and a part of Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s initiative to replace, upgrade, and improve the City of Cleveland’s public safety response fleet. The previous apparatus at Station 10 will be used as a spare and the apparatus at Station 39 will be refurbished.

“These new engines are a welcome addition to the fleet,” said Fire Chief Angelo Calvillo. “The new engines will ensure that the Division of Fire continues to provide the community with a dependable, safe, state-of-the-art response fleet that enhances community service and public safety for many years to come.”

These additions represent the 15th new fire apparatus purchased under the Jackson Administration. An additional engine is schedule to arrive next month at Fire Station 11 on 7629 Broadway Avenue.

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City of Cleveland Introduces 2015-16 Winter Weather Plan

As the winter season approaches, today the City of Cleveland released details from its 2015-16 winter weather plan that addressed aging fleet conditions and outlined proactive measures in place ahead of any major snow fall event. In addition to providing information on the plan, the city displayed 14 newly purchased snow removal vehicles that will be introduced into this year’s fleet.

The winter weather plan focuses on snow removal practices that produce the best results through a systematic approach. The plan is a comprehensive proposal that provides snow removal service to all city streets during a snow fall event that may produce anywhere from 1 to 6 inches of snow. The following are highlights from that plan.

  • A total fleet size of 75 snow removal vehicles.
  • 125 drivers to work three shifts during a snow fall event.
  • Priority on servicing main thoroughfares during snow fall then residential streets with a goal to service all streets within 48 hours after a snow fall event.
  • A systematic approach that services 52 main and secondary main thoroughfares and 292 residential subsections.
  • Automated Vehicle Locator or AVL installation on the current snow removal fleet.
  • 20,391 tons of salt on hand and 30,000 gallons of liquid de-icer.

The city’s snow removal fleet was upgraded this year after Mayor Jackson issued a capital budget authorizing the Department of Motor Vehicle Maintenance to purchase 31  new snow plows and 5 pick-up trucks with plows. These new vehicles increase the overall fleet size to 75 total vehicles, a 12 vehicle improvement from last year. During any given snowfall event, the city fleet may operate on three shifts for twenty-four hours depending on snow accumulation.

When, and if, snow accumulation exceeds 2 inches or more, the City of Cleveland Director of Public Safety may enact a Snow Emergency Parking Ban. The ban allows plows sufficient time to remove snow and ice and move through city streets at a good pace. When a snow ban goes into effect, stopping, standing, and parking of vehicles will be restricted and prohibited on city streets with posted red and white signs.

Read the Snow Emergency Parking Ban policy here and see a list of streets that have posted signage.

Residents are encouraged to report all snow and ice issues to (216) 664-2510.

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Cleveland Police Vehicle Auction – Saturday, November 7, 2015

Notice of Vehicle Auction:

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City of Cleveland, Division of Police Vehicle Auction: November 7, 2015 at 4300 Bradley Road.

8:00 AM Viewing – Day of Auction ONLY

9:00 AM Auction – Bidding Starts

  • All vehicles are SOLD AS IS! CASH ONLY!There is a 10% CASH down payment required to hold the vehicle the day of the auction.
  • All vehicles must be paid for in full by Friday, November 13, 2015.
  • All vehicles must be paid for in full and the title transferred out of the City of Cleveland’s name before being removed from the lot. If vehcles are NOT paid in full on the day of the auction, the remaining balance must be paid to the City Treasurer’s Office at 601 Lakeside Avenue.
  • After the vehicle is paid in full, you will receive a receipt stamped “Paid in Full”, bring the receipt to Lot 2, 4300 Bradley Road between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. You will then receive the title. The title must then be taken to the Title Bureau and transferred to the new owner’s name. Take the new title to Lot 2 in order to obtain possession of the vehicle. All vehicles must be removed from the lot by Friday, November 13, 2015. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Division of Animal Care & Control Receives “Bright Ideas Award” at Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference

The Cleveland Division of Animal Care & Control CITY DOGS program was recently awarded the 2015 Bright Ideas award by the Michigan Partnership for Animal Welfare/ Michigan Association of Animal Control Officers (MPAW/MAACO) during the Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference held in Battle Creek, Michigan. The Bright Ideas award is presented annually to five animal shelters in the Great Lakes region that have developed innovative ideas in the field of animal control.

Chief Animal Control Officer Ed Jamison receives Bright Ideas Award from Michigan Humane Society President and CEO Matthew Peppers

Chief Animal Control Officer Ed Jamison receives Bright Ideas Award from Michigan Humane Society President and CEO Matthew Peppers

“I am honored to receive the Bright Ideas award on behalf of all the wonderful dogs in the city of Cleveland kennel and all our hard working staff and volunteers,” said Chief Animal Control Officer Ed Jamison. “In Cleveland, we celebrate our wonderful pit bull breeds. We look at all of the dogs that enter our shelter as individuals, and we do everything in our power to showcase what great pets most of them can become.”

The Cleveland Division of Animal Care & Control received the Bright Ideas award for its CITY DOGS program launched earlier this year. With support from the volunteers at the Friends of the Cleveland Kennel, the CITY DOGS program seeks to increase overall kennel adoptions by changing public perception of pit bull and pit bull mixes that make up the majority of the kennel population. To achieve this goal, the Division creates opportunities for the public to meet and interact with kennel dogs.

All CITY DOGS are evaluated by Animal Care and Control staff, vaccinated, spayed or neutered, licensed, and microchipped before interacting with the public and all of the CITY DOGS have earned the seal of approval from dedicated volunteers. CITY DOGS can be viewed at

Meetings can be arranged by emailing  or by calling the Adoption Hotline at (216) 664 – 3476. The City Kennel, at 2690 West 7th Street, Cleveland 44114, is open from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday through Saturday and noon to 2:00 pm on Sunday. Donations can be made for extra medical and enrichment needs for the animals at

City of Cleveland Launches Cleveland Tree Plan to Rebuild Urban Forest

The City of Cleveland Office of Sustainability announced today a new community-wide collaboration to reverse an annual trend of tree canopy loss in the City of Cleveland that totals more than 97 acres.


The new initiative known as the Cleveland Tree Plan was created as a partnership between five organizations including the City of Cleveland, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Holden Arboretum, LAND Studio, and Western Reserve Land Conservancy. The plan is a comprehensive assessment of the city’s current urban forest and a unified strategy to reclaim the city’s lost canopy.

View the Cleveland Tree Plan here.

“Cleveland was once nicknamed The Forest City, but we have lost about 100,000 public trees since 1940,” said City of Cleveland Chief of Sustainability Jenita McGowan. “With this tree plan and the input of our invaluable community partners, this plan will recognize tress as a critical community infrastructure, reverse the trend of canopy loss, and assume full stewardship for the tree infrastructure.”

The City of Cleveland’s urban forest intercepts 21 billion gallons of rainwater every year, removes 42,000 tons of air pollution every year, and increases property values by an estimated annual $4.5 million. In addition, the urban forest helps maintain a habitat for wildlife, improves business districts, and blocks noise and pollution by almost 50% for those living near highways.

Reclamation of the city’s tree canopy is crucial as further loss will have significant negative impacts on the city and its inhabitants. As the canopy continues to decrease, so do the benefits they provide, with lower canopy neighborhoods feeling the impacts first.

Big City Boo and Trick-or-Treat Times for Halloween 2015

On Friday, October 30, from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm the City of Cleveland will host “Big City Boo” in each of the city’s 22 recreation centers. This annual event provides a safe alternative to trick-or-treating for Cleveland children. Parents, guardians, and caregivers can take their children, 12 and under, to the city’s recreation centers for games, contests, and other family friendly activities plus Halloween treats.


Residents can contact their neighborhood recreation centers for more information. All of these events are free and open to the public. Trick-or-Treat in the neighborhoods will be on Saturday, October 31, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. 

Listed below are recommendations for a safe Halloween:

  • Adults should accompany young children – older children should travel in groups.
  • Children should wear light colored clothing short enough to prevent tripping.
  • Add reflective tape to increase visibility.
  • Make sure children can see through their masks or use make-up.
  • Avoid hard plastic or wooden props such as daggers or swords – instead use foam or other soft and flexible materials.
  • Carry and use a flashlight after dark.
  • Visit homes within your own neighborhood – homes that you know with lights on.
  • Never go into deserted buildings or isolated areas.
  • Avoid shortcuts through empty parks, fields, or alleys.
  • Be alert for vehicle traffic; never approach a parked car; move away from a car that pulls up next to you.
  • If someone is following you, go quickly to the nearest occupied public place (mall, store, recreation center, gas station, fire station etc.) and scream for help.
  • Only give and accept wrapped or packaged candy.
  • Parents should examine all candy before allowing children to eat it and report anything suspicious to the police.
  • Keep costumed children away from pets who may become frightened.



City and DOJ Announce Police Assessment Resource Center to Act as Consent Decree Monitor

Today, Mayor Frank G. Jackson and U.S. Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach announced the selection of The Police Assessment Resource Center (PARC) as the Independent Monitor team in place to assess and report on the Cleveland Division of Police’s implementation of the settlement agreement.

As stipulated by the settlement agreement, the Monitor will be appointed for a period of five years and will regularly report on whether the requirements of the agreement have been implemented, and whether this implementation is resulting in constitutional and effective policing, professional treatment of individuals, and increased community trust of the Cleveland Division of Police.

Read biographical information for each member of the Monitor team here.

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