South Side of East 71st Street Intersection at Cedar Avenue to Close on Monday

On Monday, July 21, 2014, the south side of the East 71st Street intersection at Cedar Avenue will close in order to fully reconstruct the south side intersection. Northbound traffic will be detoured east along Central Avenue to East 79th Street north. Southbound traffic will be detoured east along Cedar Avenue to East 79th Street south. Access to all businesses, residences and side streets will be maintained during construction.  The detour will remain in place through July 26, 2014.


This Project extends along 1.40 miles of Cedar Avenue from East 55th Street to East 89th Street and includes pavement replacement, new curb, sidewalks, driveway aprons, drainage improvements, watermain replacements, pavement markings, and streetscape. The project is scheduled for completion by June 30, 2015.

Mayor Jackson submits legislation to City Council to fight gun violence in Cleveland

Proposed laws rewrite City’s gun code, create new gun offender registry

Today, Mayor Frank G. Jackson submitted to Cleveland City Council a complete rewrite of the City of Cleveland’s guns laws and proposed a new gun offender registry to help prevent gun violence, in order to save lives and make the city’s neighborhoods safer.

Mayor Jackson addresses City Council

Mayor Jackson addresses City Council

“We’ve taken thousands of guns off the streets of Cleveland over the last eight and a half years.  We work in partnership with law enforcement on all levels to take violent offenders off the street. And, we’ve added police officers to our gang unit to help address the problem,” said Mayor Jackson. “This legislation, if passed, will give us another way to attack the problem of gun violence in Cleveland and make Cleveland a safer place.”

The Jackson Administration has discussed this proposed legislation with City Council President Kevin Kelley and Chairman of the Public Safety Committee Matt Zone and looks forward to participating in the public hearings that will be held regarding the legislation.

“Gun violence has taken far too many lives in our community. The City of Cleveland must act aggressively to address this issue,” said City Council President Kevin Kelley. “I look forward to further discussion of the ordinances through the committee process where Councilman Zone has assured a thorough hearing process.”

“The Public Safety Committee welcomes this legislation and the conversations that it will prompt to help address this high priority issue in our city,” said Councilman Matt Zone, Chair of the Public Safety Committee. “I am confident that my colleagues in Council and on the Safety Committee will have thoughtful and productive input as we move forward with the legislative process.”

The legislation submitted today would repeal the City of Cleveland’s existing codified ordinances in Chapter 627 Weapons and Explosives and would replace it with new laws addressing specific violence prevention needs in the City of Cleveland and laws that would mirror existing state gun laws, with appropriate municipal level offenses and penalties (see attached summary).

“If these ordinances are enacted, our city prosecutors will have more options to charge individuals suspected of gun-related crimes in the City of Cleveland,” said Law Director Barbara Langhenry. “Particularly when the criminal act doesn’t meet the standards of a state offense but still must be addressed.”

In addition, the current Chapter 628 (assault weapons ban) would be repealed and replaced with legislation to create a gun offenders registry (see attached summary).

“The gun offender registry would be a new tool that would help law enforcement officers understand where individuals convicted of a gun offense are living in the City of Cleveland,” said Public Safety Director Michael McGrath. “Add this information to our crime data analysis and partnerships like VGRIP, and we will have a greater ability to address gun violence.”

Click here to view the summary of proposed new gun ordinances

Mayor Jackson Swears-in Director and Assistant Director for Cleveland’s City Planning Commission

Mayor Frank G. Jackson administered the oath of office on July 9, 2014 to two City of Cleveland employees who will assume new leadership positions with the City Planning Commission.

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City Planning Director: Freddy L. Collier, Jr

City Planning Director: Freddy L. Collier, Jr. was sworn in today as Director of City Planning. He has more than 20 years of experience in community lending and urban planning and has been employed with the City of Cleveland City Planning Commission for 15 years. Most recently, he served as Assistant Director of the Cleveland City Planning Commission. Collier has a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies with an emphasis in urban planning and a master’s degree in Public Administration.

Assistant Planning Director: Christopher Garland was sworn in today as Assistant Director of City Planning. He has served as the Commissioner for Neighborhood Development in the City of Cleveland’s Community Development Department since 2011.

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Assistant Planning Director: Christopher Garland

Garland earned his master’s degree in urban planning from Wayne State University (Detroit, Michigan) and earned his undergraduate degree from Purdue University. Prior to coming to the City of Cleveland, Chris served as the Executive Director of the Tremont West Development Corporation. Chris is involved in many community-based programs, such as the National Trust for Historic Preservation, National Main Street Center as a Certified Main Street Manager and is an active member of the American Planning Association (Ohio Chapter).


Denison Avenue Rehabilitation and Ductbank Project

(Ridge Road and State Route 176)

Street and utility improvements continue on Denison Avenue as the construction zone expands to include Denison Avenue between Fulton Road and West 25th Street. This next phase of construction is set to begin at 7:00 a.m., Monday, July 14, 2014.


  •  Eastbound Denison traffic will continue to be detoured north on West 65th Street then east on Clark or Lorain then south on West 25th to Denison.
  • One lane of westbound traffic will be maintained along the south side of Denison in this section during this phase of construction.
  • This phase is expected to be in effect until December, 2014.
  • Detour signs will be posted.
  • Access to all driveways will be maintained during this phase of the project.

The Denison Avenue Rehabilitation and Ductbank Project is reconstructing 2.7 miles of Denison Avenue between Ridge Road and State Route 176, and West 62nd Street from Denison Avenue to Barberton Avenue. The project includes the installation of a Cleveland Public Power underground power line ductbank, associated utility relocations, pavement reconstruction and resurfacing, and curb, sidewalk and driveway repairs.

The entire project is scheduled for completion by December 2015. This project is being managed by the Mayor’s Office of Capital Projects (MOCAP).
Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this important public improvement project. We urge all travelers to use caution in this and all construction zones.

4th of July weekend fills Cleveland Kennel to capacity

Since Friday, July 4th, the resident population at the Cleveland Kennel has grown by 48 dogs – bringing the total to more than 150.  Chief Animal Control Officer Ed Jamison is working with partner kennels to find additional housing for the lost pets.

Chief Jamison also encourages Cleveland area residents who have lost their dogs to visit Cleveland’s kennel to check for their pets. The City of Cleveland Kennel is located at 2690 West 7th Street Cleveland, OH 44113 and is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Or, for those who are looking for a new fur-ever friend, please consider adoption.

Below is a short guide explaining how to adopt a dog at the City of Cleveland Kennel:

  1. Identify a Dog! One of our staff or helpful volunteers will be able to assist you in finding the perfect pet for you.
  2. Check the status of the dog! Many dogs in the Cleveland Kennel are strays waiting for their owner to reclaim them. Stray dogs require a 3-day waiting period in order to give an owner adequate time to search for their lost pet. Dogs with current identification currently have a 14 day waiting period and dogs involved in legal matters are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  3. The current fee to adopt a dog from the Cleveland Kennel is $61.00 dollars. The fee includes: your new pet, spay and neutering services, licenses, microchips, and the first round of vaccinations. Currently; the rabies vaccination is not administered at the kennel and is therefore not included in the adoption fee. City ordinance requires that the dog be spayed or neutered before its release from the kennel.

Three Traffic Advisories for Week of July 7, 2014

Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Resurfacing Project 

On Monday, July 7, 2014, the westbound lane of North Park Boulevard will  close at Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard as part of the MLK resurfacing project. Westbound  traffic on North Park at Coventry Road will be detoured to the south along Coventry and then  west along Fairhill Road to MLK.


Local access on North Park Boulevard will be maintained at all times. This detour will be in  place for approximately 6 weeks.  This Project extends along 1.2 miles of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from Buckingham  Avenue to Cedar Avenue.

The project includes roadway base repair, removal of existing asphalt  and replacement, new ADA compliant curb ramps, new curbs and driveway aprons as needed, and new pavement markings including bike lanes in each direction between Buckingham Avenue  and Stokes/Fairhill. Project completion is scheduled for November, 2014.  Expect additional traffic notices as work progresses.

Puritas Ave Resurfacing Project 

Effective Monday, July 7, 2014, construction will begin, weather permitting, on  Phase II of the resurfacing project along 2.3 miles of Puritas Avenue from SR 237 to W. 130  Street. This phase of the project will consist of work on the existing eastbound lanes of Puritas  Avenue between Rocky River Drive and W. 150th Street, as well as the eastbound lanes of  Puritas Avenue and Bellaire Road, between W. 150th Street and W. 130th Street.

Access to all  businesses, residences and side streets will be maintained during construction. The project will include roadway base repair, removal of existing asphalt and replacement, new  ADA compliant curb ramps, new curbs and driveway aprons as needed, and new pavement  markings including bike lanes in each direction.  Expect additional traffic notices as work progresses.

Murray Hill Brick Restoration Project 

On Tuesday, July 8, 2014, weather permitting work will begin on Phase 2 of the  Murray Hill Brick Restoration Project. This Project extends along Murray Hill Road from Mayfield Road to Adelbert Road. During this phase, one-way traffic in the northeast direction will be maintained on Murray Hill  from Cornell Road to Mayfield Road.

Southwest traffic along Mayfield Road will be detoured southwest on Random Road and  southeast on Cornell Road to Murray Hill.

Access to all businesses, residences and side streets will be maintained during construction. On-street paring will not be permitted during this phase of the project.

The project includes roadway base repair, removal and replacement of existing asphalt, and brick  repairs. Project completion is scheduled for July 31, 2014. Expect additional traffic notices as  work progresses.



City of Cleveland WILL NOT Collect Waste on Fourth of July Holiday

The City of Cleveland Department of Public Works WILL NOT pick up waste  on Friday, July 4, 2014 in observance of Independence Day.

There will be a one day delay in the waste collection schedule – trash normally collected on  Friday, will be collected on Saturday, July 5, 2014. Regularly scheduled trash pick-up will  resume on Monday, July 7, 2014.  Cleveland City Hall and all its offices, including Cleveland Public Power and the Water  Department will be closed in observance of Independence Day.

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