City of Cleveland Provides General Updates on Coronavirus & Safety Protocols – Update #98

The City of Cleveland continues to take numerous precautions across multiple departments and divisions amid increasing cases of coronavirus (COVID-19). Below are some important updates. Mayor Frank G. Jackson signed an order on May 26, extending the City’s Proclamation of Civil Emergency through June 30, 2020. Click here to view the order.

Essential services such as Police, Fire, EMS, waste collection and Utilities will remain operational.

20 New Confirmed Cases, 6 Coronavirus Deaths in Cleveland

The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) has been notified of 20 more confirmed test results for coronavirus in residents of the city and six new fatalities. This brings the total to 1746 confirmed cases in the City of Cleveland and 68 fatalities. The new confirmed cases include 9 males and 11 females whose ages range from under 18 years old to over 100 years old. CDPH is working to identify close contacts of these residents who would require testing or monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms.

As of today, there are 36,077 confirmed cases and 2,177 fatalities in the State of Ohio. There are more than 1.95 million confirmed cases and 110,876 deaths in the U.S.​

The City of Cleveland COVID-19 Dashboard displays the most recent preliminary data from the Ohio Department of Health about COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, deaths and recoveries in Cleveland by selected demographics. View the dashboard here. For individuals’ privacy, CDPH will not be releasing any additional demographic info related to COVID-19 cases aside from age range and gender.  

Public Safety Reminder

The Cleveland Division of Police continues to seek the public’s help to investigate criminal offenses that occurred on Saturday, May 30 during the civil unrest in the City of Cleveland. Information and crime tips can be provided to Crimestoppers by calling 216-25-CRIME.  Citizens can upload information, photos and video to https://ClevelandOHPD.evidence.com/axon/citizen/public/2020 protest in order to share evidence that may assist law enforcement.

The City of Cleveland continues to investigate complaints against officers and will take such complaints via the aforementioned link.

Pipeline Infrastructure Improvements Update for Ward 13

On Monday, June 15, 2020, Dominion Energy Ohio’s gas pipeline infrastructure replacement project will begin on the following streets:

·        West 58th Street – From Traymore Avenue 150 Feet North

·        Traymore Avenue – From City of Cleveland line to West 58th Street

Work on Traymore Avenue will continue pass the City’s Corporation line to Ridge Road in Brooklyn Heights and will also occur at the intersection of Traymore Avenue and Pelham Road.

The improvements include replacing the old steel mainline with a new plastic mainline in the sidewalk area.  A work zone will be established which will allow two-way traffic with traffic control personnel present to help direct traffic flow.  Access to adjacent driveways will be maintained throughout construction.  All work zones will be removed at the end of each work day.  The work on the project will take place Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This project is scheduled for completion in September 2020.

Should there be any questions, please contact Matt Lenke – Hill International at 330-353-7111.

Editor’s Note: Road construction invariably presents hazards to the public. All travelers are urged to use caution in construction zones. Public safety and the safety of workers is a top priority.

West 65th Street Rehabilitation Project

The purpose of this presentation is to provide information and receive feedback on design features and plans for the upcoming West 65th Street Rehabilitation Project. If Issue 1 funding becomes available, construction is scheduled to begin in September 2020 and to be completed in September 2021. The proposed improvements on West 65th Street from Denison Avenue to Herman Avenue include:

·        Complete asphalt resurfacing, including full and partial depth pavement repairs where needed.

·        Removal of underutilized paved surfaces in treelawns to increase vegetated areas, improving corridor aesthetics, downstream water quality, and neighborhood walkability.

·        Sidewalk, ADA-compliant curb ramps and drive aprons as necessary.

·        Improved pedestrian crossings including installation of rectangular rapid flashing beacons (RRFBs) at select crosswalks.

·        Traffic signal upgrades at Storer, Bridge, and Franklin intersections.

·        Signing and pavement marking upgrades, including bike lanes between Denison and West Clinton.

Other Important Reminders

Mayor Jackson Announces Restart CLE

         Mayor Frank G. Jackson has unveiled his strategic plan for the recovery of Cleveland’s economy amid the coronavirus pandemic. As the city began this recovery planning process, it engaged experts from Cleveland State University and local medical institutions and made a deliberate choice to build from a health and medical perspective in order to protect those at risk from the coronavirus and then incorporate economic and social support to help the people and businesses who need assistance.

View Mayor Jackson’s full plan here. 

View Mayor Jackson’s Facebook Live announcement here.

City Excise Tax Payment Extension

The City of Cleveland is extending payment deadlines for the following excise tax returns to alleviate administrative burden for businesses that are facing operational impacts from the coronavirus public health emergency:

  • Admissions tax due April 30, May 30 and June 30
  • Motor Vehicle Lessor (rental car) tax due April 30, May 31 and June 30
  • Parking tax due April 20, May 20 and June 20
  • Transient Occupancy (hotel or lodging) tax due April 30, May 31 and June 30

The Commissioner of the Division of Assessments and Licenses is authorized to extend excise tax (admissions, parking, motor vehicle lessor and transient occupancy) payment deadlines to July 20 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Federal, state and local governments use various strategies to propose due date relief to businesses through tax guidance and legislation. This proposal extends the April, May and June excise tax payment due dates to July 20 without incurring interest and penalties. The goal is to provide cash flow flexibility to taxpayers that cannot timely pay their excise tax obligation and provide guidance to individual taxpayer(s) through administrative rulings to address issues resulting from the national pandemic on a case by case request including statutory timing deadlines of administrative processes.

Reminder: Emergency Working Capital – Impacted Businesses Program

The Emergency Working Capital – Impacted Businesses program will provide an additional $20,000 loan, with up to 50 percent forgivable for investments in personal protective equipment and health and safety measures, to businesses in the restaurants, retail and personal care sectors. The Restoration Working Capital Program will provide loans of up to $100,000 for qualifying businesses with additional capital needs as the businesses prepare to re-open, with no payments due until 2021. Awards will be made when federal funds become available. Click here for more info.

County, State & Federal Updates and Reminders

Federal, State and Local Tax Deadline Extension Reminder

The Ohio House voted to extend the state’s income tax return deadline to July 15. This is the same date for local and federal taxes. View the bill summary with additional provisions here.

CodeRED

Sign up for CodeRED alerts to receive calls and emails from the administration with important info regarding Coronavirus. To sign up online, visit https://bit.ly/CLECodeRED, get mobile alerts by downloading the CodeRED app via the Apple or Google Play stores. Seniors who need assistance signing up are welcome to call the Department of Aging at 216-664-4383 for periodic phone call messaging.

Previous COVID-19 Updates from the City of Cleveland

Click here to view previous updates.

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