Traffic Pattern on East 152nd to Change March 6

Beginning March 6, 2017, a new traffic pattern will be implemented along East 152nd Street between Woodworth Avenue and Waterloo Road as a part of the ongoing road improvements and upgrades. Traffic will be moved to the east side of the roadway and two-way traffic will be maintained. We ask that motorists remain alert for lane shifts. Barrels will be used to indicate the direction of traffic. The direction change will remain in place until August 2017.

East 152nd Street Improvement Project:

This project extends along a 1.60 mile section of East 152nd Street from Woodworth Avenue to Waterloo Road.  The improvements include asphalt milling, pavement base repair, asphalt resurfacing, installation of Americans with Disabilities Act compliant ramps, curb and sidewalk replacement as needed, water main installation, and new pavement markings. The construction cost is $5.6 million and is scheduled for completion in December 2017.

Questions can be directed to the City of Cleveland Chief Inspector, Traci Hartnett-Mercado at 216-244-5636.

14 Cleveland Police Officers Promoted

The City of Cleveland and the Cleveland Division of Police held a ceremony this week to honor the 14 police officers who were promoted to the positions of captain, lieutenant and sergeant.

Mayor Frank G. Jackson, Police Chief Calvin D. Williams, Safety Director Michael McGrath and City Councilman Matt Zone were all on hand to congratulate the officers and thank them for their service.

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The officers promoted include:

  • Officer Renee Kane was promoted to captain
  • Officer Johnny Hamm was promoted to lieutenant
  • Officer Patrick Petranek was promoted to lieutenant
  • Officer Mark Pesta was promoted to sergeant
  • Officer Michael Keane was promoted to sergeant
  • Officer Jose Torres was promoted to sergeant
  • Officer Terrance Smith was promoted to sergeant
  • Officer Kyle Freeman was promoted to sergeant
  • Officer Ronald Weber was promoted to sergeant
  • Officer Steven Zeisel was promoted to sergeant
  • Officer Jarod Schlacht was promoted to sergeant
  • Officer Michael Schwebs was promoted is to sergeant
  • Officer Kimberly Davis-Gill was promoted to sergeant
  • Officer Michael Urbania was promoted to sergeant

For more information on the City of Cleveland and the Cleveland Division of Police, visit online at www.city.cleveland.oh.us.

City Debuts New Firetruck to Serve Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood

The City of Cleveland’s Division of Fire will add a new $800,000 firetruck to its Ladder 36 fleet, serving the Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood.

The addition of the new aerial ladder truck is a testament to Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s commitment to enhancing the quality of life in Cleveland’s neighborhoods. Mayor Jackson, who announced his 2017 budget enhancements on February 1, promised city residents a renewed focus on critical services in area neighborhoods. Services such as police, fire and Emergency Medical Services will all receive significant increases in staff and equipment as a result of Issue 32.

“The City of Cleveland is committed to providing our first responders the tools they need to protect themselves and our citizens,” Mayor Jackson said. “This new, state-of-the-art truck is just one example of how we’re ensuring safety and success for the people.”

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The Division of Fire increased its budget by $2.8 million, with an additional fire company, support personnel, safety equipment and a records system update. The new truck is not part of the 2017 budget, but as the City moves ahead, the enhanced funding will help meet the needs of local citizens through increased manpower.

“The addition of the new ladder is one of several significant steps in helping our firefighters serve residents,” said Fire Chief Angelo Calvillo. “Our team is committed to protecting our neighborhoods and we’re confident we have the resources to accomplish the task.”

Download Mayor Jackson’s 2017 budget and see plans for the Cleveland Division of Fire

Center Street Swing Bridge Closure

Note: The Center Street Swing Bridge is now open.

The Center Street Swing Bridge over the Cuyahoga River will close today, Sunday, February 26, 2017, 10 a.m. for repairs.   The closure is necessary to perform repairs on the bridges mechanical system.

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Alternative Routes – Alternative routes – Center Street Eastbound will proceed westbound on Lower Main Ave then southbound on West 25 Street, then eastward over the Detroit Superior Bridge and Center Street westbound will proceed southbound on Columbus Road, then eastbound at Abbey Ave, then northward on West 20th Street to eastbound Lorain-Carnegie Bridge.

The City will notify the public once the bridge reopens.

City of Cleveland Welcomes 16 New EMTs and Paramedics

The City of Cleveland congratulates the 16 new Emergency Medical Service (EMS) staff who graduated on Feb. 24, 2017. They will serve as emergency medical technicians and paramedics and are part of Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s effort to enhance the quality of life in Cleveland neighborhoods by reducing emergency response times.

“The people of Cleveland expect and deserve the best trained and equipped emergency medical personnel and this graduating class is reflective of the training they received,” Mayor Jackson said.

Friends, family and city staff gathered to attend the graduation ceremony today at Cleveland City Hall. Along with Mayor Jackson, local officials included Councilman Matt Zone of Ward 15, Safety Director Michael McGrath, Dr. Thomas Collins and EMS Commissioner Nicole Carlton.

Mayor Jackson, who announced his 2017 budget enhancements on February 1, promised Cleveland residents a renewed focus on critical services in area neighborhoods. Services such as police, fire and emergency medical services will all receive significant increases in staff and equipment as a result of Issue 32. Cleveland EMS plans to add 60 new paramedics, eight dispatchers to reduce response times, four new captains to oversee field operations and five new ambulances.

The 16 new cadets are not part of the 2017 budget, but as the City moves forward, the enhanced funding helps meet the needs of local citizens through increased manpower.

“The Cleveland EMS is committed to providing exemplary pre-hospital care in a professional and timely manner to the citizens and visitors of Cleveland, “said Commissioner Carlton. “The addition of our new first responders makes a significant difference in response time, performance and ultimately in saving lives.”

The 16 cadets will continue intensive field training following graduation, before release to full duty. The new cadets will help maintain the number of staffed ambulances available to handle medical emergencies at 18.

The full list of new cadets includes:

·         Vito Bellflower ·         Alyssa Belville
·         Nathan Brazytis ·         Justin Brick
·         Sean Dillon ·         Eugenia Frangias
·         Christopher Fuentes ·         Jonathan Gutermuth
·         Joseph N. Hongosh III ·         Ella Hymes
·         Mario Mileti ·         William Moore
·         Tiffany Mora ·         Katherine Porter
·         Monica Rutledge ·         Joshua Waddell

For more information about the Cleveland Division of Emergency Medical Service, or Mayor Jackson’s 2017 enhanced budget, visit www.city.cleveland.oh.us.

Construction Update: Pearl Road Traffic Pattern to Change March 1

The traffic pattern on Pearl Road, from State Road to Brookpark Road, will shift during construction beginning March 1, 2017.

Two-way traffic will be moved from the east side of Pearl Road to the west side of the street. The change will remain in effect through July 2017. The 3-mile road construction includes asphalt milling, pavement base repair, asphalt resurfacing, installation of ADA compliant ramps, curb and sidewalk replacement as needed, water main installation, new pavement markings and new streetscape between State Road and Wildlife Way.

The project is expected to be completed by December 2017. During construction, the public is urged to exercise extra caution for the safety of workers.

The City of Cleveland urges all travelers to use caution in construction zones. The safety of the general public and city staff are our greatest concern. Stay tuned to this blog for ongoing updates on the project.

Mayor Frank G. Jackson Addresses Constituents Directly About Budget Enhancements in Facebook Videos

Mayor Frank G. Jackson presented to Cleveland City Council Tuesday morning an update on budget enhancements – which will improve city services and create new positions in critical areas like Building and Housing, Police, Fire, Emergency Medical Services, Health, and more – from the funds generated by the voter-approved Issue 32.

Following the Mayor’s presentation to Council, he spoke directly to Clevelanders via Facebook and answered questions on topics ranging from youth violence to lead poisoning to safety. He also thanked voters for passing Issue 32, which allowed for a .5 percent income tax increase. About $80 million annually will be added to the budget as a result of the tax increase.

“I want to thank the public, the people who voted for Issue 32, for giving us the opportunity to have an enhanced budget that will allow us to deliver more and better services,” Mayor Jackson said in the Facebook video. “If you had not passed Issue 32, we would have been talking about laying off $40 million worth of people.”

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