City Revokes Taxi Cab Company License

The City of Cleveland Division of Assessments and Licenses announced that it has revoked the operating licenses of Wolley Taxi Company effective on Friday, February 20, 2015. This action comes after the Division discovered that Wolley Taxi Company was in violation of two sections of the City of Cleveland Codified Ordinances, §443.06 Liability Insurance and §443.32 Unlicensed Driver.

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The liability insurance violations were identified after a random audit of company records revealed inaccuracies with paperwork and raised additional questions on the fleet’s insurance coverage.

A separate investigation led to the City discovering that Wolley Taxi had been employing unlicensed taxi drivers.

Taxicab drivers within the City of Cleveland are required to have a physical examination, drug testing, and a criminal background check.

The City’s investigation uncovered instances of Wolley Taxi foregoing these mandatory background checks into drivers.

“It is important that we hold taxi companies accountable and conduct these random audits to ensure the safety of those in the City who utilize these services,” said Commissioner of Assessments and Licenses Dedrick Stephens. “Whether you are living, visiting or working in Cleveland, it is important that the services the public utilizes are safe and reliable.”

Wolley Taxi has presented and filed its notice of appeal of the license revocation to the Board of Zoning Appeals pursuant to Section 403.09 of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Cleveland. Hearings will be administered and scheduled by the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Snow Removal Update – Monday, February 23

The Department of Public Works began transitioning snow removal efforts into the residential streets at 5:00 pm on Saturday, February 21, 2015. As of 8:00 am this morning, the Department is reporting that 98 percent of all city streets have been serviced.

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The Department will continue to operate on the city’s secondary and residential streets in order to address those areas that may require additional work.

There are currently 42 pieces of snow removal equipment operating in the city until 8:00 am on Tuesday morning. Snow removal may continue past this date and time if needed.

The City of Cleveland currently has 3,800 ton of salt available with additional deliveries of 500-750 tons expected daily. If you have a snow emergency please call 216.664.2510.

Messages left for the city’s snow emergency hotline are monitored and addressed on weekdays and weekends.

RECAP: Mayor Jackson Addresses City Council Over 2015 Operating Budget

In case you missed it, Cleveland City Council convened legislative hearings on Tuesday, February 17, to review Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s $541.7 million proposal for the city’s operating budget for 2015.

During the two weeks of deliberations, council members will review the 471-page spending plan and, prior to voting for approval, will hear testimonies from city officials representing all municipal divisions and departments.

Council, which has the authority to amend the Mayor’s proposal, must approve a balanced budget by April 1, at which time the city’s Annual Appropriation Ordinance goes into effect.

Mayor Jackson opened the legislative hearings with a brief presentation and answered questions  from City Council members. If you missed the Mayor’s appearance, you can re-watch it by clicking on the link below and selecting the “2015 Budget Hearings” tab:

http://vp.telvue.com/player?s=tv20

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Winter Weather Advisory Issued to Cleveland Seniors and Public Health Tips for Extreme Cold

The Director of Aging and City of Cleveland Emergency Management services have issued a W.A.R.N. (Wide Area Rapid Notification) message to City of Cleveland older adults regarding the forecasted continual freezing temperatures.

WARN message issued on February 19, 2015. Listen here.

 

Audio script:

“This is Jane Fumich, Director of the Cleveland Department of Aging. Winter weather is upon us. For your safety, please keep the following winter weather tips in mind and share them with your older neighbors, friends and loved ones.

Severe cold makes you more susceptible to hypothermia, a condition in which your body temperature drops below normal.

Director of Aging, Jane Fumich

Director of  the Cleveland Department of Aging, Jane Fumich

  • If you must go outside, use proper footwear, wear warm clothes and dress in layers.
  • When going out, cover your mouth to avoid getting cold air in your lungs.
  • If your clothes get wet, change them as soon as possible.
  • Do not turn off the heat to save money; instead, you can close off rooms not being used to conserve heat.
  • If using portable heaters keep them at least 3 feet away from furniture and draperies to decrease risk of a fire. 
  • Test your smoke detectors to make sure they work.
  • Make sure you have extra food, blankets and water on hand.

If you need assistance dial the numbers 211 and you will reach United Way. For a life threatening emergency dial 911.  

The Director of Aging and her staff work regularly with seniors throughout the city and have found that these alerts are beneficial to informing our older adult population with critical information. “Seniors are especially sensitive to the cold and freezing temperatures and this weather can be exceptionally difficult for them,” said Director Fumich. “We hope that alerts like these help our seniors and those that care for them to stay safe and healthy.”

Public Health tips for dealing with the extreme cold 

The best way to fight off the cold is to stay indoors, with heat! If your home is inadequately heated, go to a neighbor’s or relative’s house, or one of the City of Cleveland warming centers. Keep these other tips in mind to stay safe and healthy during cold:

  • If you must go out, bundle up in layers and keep a hat on that head!
  • Keep dry. If you get wet, change out of any wet clothing quickly to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite. These include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately.
  • Watch for signs of hypothermia. These include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion. If symptoms of hypothermia are detected, get to a warm location, remove wet clothing, warm the center of the body first and drink warm, non-alcoholic beverages. Get medical help as soon as possible.
  • Make sure your car and home are ready for winter.

No matter what the weather, always have weather appropriate emergency kits handy at home and in your car and know the emergency plans for work, school and places you frequent. Stay connected with weather alerts and other news sources too so you’re never caught off guard.

Cold temperatures can affect plumbing systems and cause frozen pipes for many businesses and residences. The Department of Public Utilities offers the following tips to help avoid damage, expensive repairs, frustration, and possibly a temporary loss of service to the property.

  • Before arrival of freezing temperatures, disconnect and drain outdoor hoses to allow water to drain from the pipe and faucet; insulate pipes or faucets in unheated areas such as garages and crawl spaces; seal off access doors, air vents and cracks and repair broken basement windows.
  • If freezing temperatures have already set in, leave a pencil-lead-thin stream of water flowing and try to get heat into the room if it can be done safely to help prevent faucets or water service lines from freezing.
  • Identify the master shut-off valve and mark it. If a pipe bursts anywhere in your home, this valve can turn off the water and help limit further damage and costly repairs.
  • If cold temperatures do cause a frozen water line, water should be turned off at the master shut-off valve to limit damage. The best course of action is to contact a plumber or a private contractor to thaw the lines and make repairs.

Select Warming Centers Open 24 Hours

The City of Cleveland has opened all city recreation centers this morning at 8 a.m. In addition, the following warming centers will open today and remain open until Saturday, February 21 at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, we will evaluate the weather and temperature conditions to determine if there is a need to extend the hours of these warming centers.

  • Collinwood Recreation Center located at 16300 Lakeshore Avenue
  • Zelma George Recreation Center located at 3155 Marin L. King Blvd
  • Thurgood Marshall Recreation Center located 8611 Hough Avenue
  • Michael Zone Recreation Center located at 6301 Lorain Avenue

For more information, residents may call their neighborhood recreation center or call 664-2561. Residents who require heating assistance outside of normal recreation center operation hours and who are unable to get to a warming center are encouraged to call 2-1-1.

Mayor Jackson Proclaims Tuesday, February 17, 2015 “Random Acts of Kindness Everywhere Day” in Cleveland

Today, Mayor Jackson joined local Clevelander Ricky Smith in proclaiming Tuesday, February 17, 2015 Random Acts of Kindness Everywhere (R.A.K.E.) Day in Cleveland. R.A.K.E. was founded by local comedian and Clevelander Ricky Smith as he traveled across the country and used social media to promote random acts of kindness that strangers shared with him along the way.

See the official proclamation here 

R.A.K.E., less of an organization and more of a movement, encourages people to simply go do something nice for someone else. The movement demonstrates the importance of being kind and of creating environments in workplaces, schools, civic venues and all areas of public gatherings where individuals work together to further kindness among themselves, their peers, and their community.

“It is critical that the people in the City of Cleveland and the greater community of the United States of America learn that respect and doing for others is one of the greatest ways that communities can pull together for the common goal of creating mindsets of kindness,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson.

“The efforts of Ricky Smith to show leadership and set an example of the importance of doing for others with no purpose is to be commended. Now therefore, I, Frank G. Jackson, the 56th Mayor of the City of Cleveland, do hereby offer this Proclamation designating Tuesday, February 17, 2015 as Random Acts of Kindness Day in Cleveland.”

Today, Ricky Smith is spending 24 hours doing one random act of kindness each hour on the hour. He is encouraging others to join and help turn normal people into vigilantes of kindness.

You can follow Ricky on Twitter here.

So Cleveland we want to hear about your random acts of kindness! Join in on the RAKE moment and do something nice for somebody else today! Then share with us your stories! We will be encouraging random acts of kindness all throughout the week and sharing your stories on Facebook and Twitter.

On Twitter, use the hashtag #RAKE to share your story

You can also find RAKE on twitter @RAKENow 

Visit the City of Cleveland on Facebook and share your story: https://www.facebook.com/CityofCleveland

 

Snow Emergency Parking Ban Declared – February 14 at 3:00 pm

Cleveland – Michael McGrath, Director of Public Safety for the City of Cleveland, has declared a snow emergency parking ban for the City of Cleveland effective at 3:00 pm on Saturday, February 14, 2015. As a result, stopping, standing, and parking of vehicles will be restricted and prohibited on city streets with posted red and white signs until further notice. 

Parking is prohibited on snow emergency streets, which are identified as necessary for transportation, the movement of food and fuel, supplies, medical care, fire, health, police protection, and other vital city services. Significant snowfall can cause streets to become congested and impassable. Vehicles left in the roadway can prevent snow plows from clearing streets, which can make driving down these streets difficult. The resultant bottleneck can hamper emergency response.

For this reason, citizens are encouraged to avoid parking vehicles on all city streets to allow snow plows sufficient time to remove snow and ice from the roads.

The Cleveland Division of Police reports hazardous driving conditions on city streets due to weather conditions. Road conditions and visibility are poor. Citizens are advised to limit travel if possible based on today’s weather.