Today, Mayor Frank G. Jackson discussed some of the steps the City of #CLE is taking to address violence in our neighborhoods – including the violence that occurred last weekend. Thanks to Issue 32, we are bringing on more Cleveland Police officers. In addition, the city is addressing the issue through programs in education, employment and other areas.
It takes all of us to help prevent crime. To share tips with police, call Crimestoppers at 216-252-7463 or via text message: text TIP657 plus your message to Crimes (274637).
Halloween is a day away and the City of Cleveland wants to remind residents that trick-or-treaters are invited to our Big City Boo events.
Big City Boo events will be held around the city and give parents and kids ages 12 and under a safe alternative from trick-or-treat on the street. On Tuesday, October 31, 2017 the Division of Recreation will have Big City Boo celebrations at 21 recreation centers.
Each rec center site will have games, prizes, music, food and candy for children. Parties begin at 5:30 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m.
Sites include the following recreation centers:
- Lonnie Burten
- Earle B. Turner
- Alexander Hamilton
- Ken Johnson
- Stella Walsh
- Thurgood Marshall
- Zelma George
- Michael Zone
Each location will have off-duty police officers on site. In addition, a Big City Boo event will be held in Public Square from 5-7 p.m. The Public Square event will include treat stations, a pet costume contest and parade. More info is available by clicking here.
To ensure kids stay safe this Halloween, here are some important safety tips from the Division of Police:
- Adults should always 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.
Thanks to Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s enhanced budget, made possible by Issue 32, the City of Cleveland is embarking on more street improvement projects in 2017 than years past. Projects span all neighborhoods and wards throughout the city.
Here are some highlights about this year’s road work:
- Street resurfacing began on April 27, 2017 and will continue through the summer, weather permitting. The first resurfacing project took place in Ward 4 on Parkview Avenue near the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.
- Potholes are serviced year round, weather permitting. The Department of Public Works has increased its pothole crews from three to 10 as a result of the passage of Issue 32.
- This year, with the completion of the Pavement Management Study we have a graded system that allows us to select the streets that are in the greatest need of resurfacing. We are using the worst first approach to road resurfacing.
- We are projecting to resurface 95 streets this year.
- Thanks to Issue 32 funds, the City of Cleveland has reinstated street sweeping services.
Updates will be posted Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
The City of Cleveland Saturday released a statement regarding a fire at the Arco facility in East Cleveland:
“The City of Cleveland was alerted to an active fire today at the recently closed Arco facility in East Cleveland. The East Cleveland Fire Department and the Ohio EPA are the lead agencies on this matter.
We have been working with our partners at the EPA, the City of East Cleveland and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health to oversee the mitigation of cleanup and removal of the material from this site. The Ohio EPA has allocated more than $6 million to assist in this effort.
Out of an abundance of caution, the City of Cleveland today sent staff to install air quality monitoring equipment onsite and in the surrounding community. The City of Cleveland is in agreement with the Ohio EPA’s findings that none of the air quality results collected so far show any health concerns for residents near the site.
The East Cleveland fire department remains onsite, and the fire is under control. The safety of all residents is our primary concern and we stand ready to assist the City of East Cleveland. “