City of Cleveland Provides General Updates on Coronavirus & Safety Protocols – Update #102

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.

14 New Confirmed Coronavirus Cases in Cleveland

The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) has been notified of 14 more confirmed test results for coronavirus in residents of the city and no new fatalities. This brings the total to 1,803 confirmed cases in the City of Cleveland and 71 fatalities. The new confirmed cases include males and females whose ages range from under 13 years old to their 70s. In addition, three probable cases were reported bringing the total number of probable cases to 461. CDPH is working to identify their close contacts who would require testing or monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms.

As of today, there are 37,519 confirmed cases and 2,280 fatalities in the State of Ohio. There are more than 2 million confirmed cases and 113,914 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.  

Arrest Made in May 30, 2020 Downtown Cleveland Civil Unrest

The Cleveland Division of the FBI, along with the United States Attorney’s Office – Northern District of Ohio, the Cleveland Division of Police and Cuyahoga County Crime Stoppers, announce the arrest of Tandre Buchanan, Jr., age 22 stemming from civil unrest on May 30 in Downtown Cleveland. View the press release here. View the affidavit here.

Joint statement from Mayor Jackson and Cleveland Police Chief Calvin D. Williams:

“The City of Cleveland and the Cleveland Division of Police continue to respect citizens’ First Amendment rights to Free Speech and Assembly. As long as demonstrations are held without violence and destruction, the City will support these events.  On May 30, 2020, as peaceful demonstrations turned in to violence, our downtown area was vandalized and burned, causing excessive damage to many businesses.  The Cleveland Division of Police, in partnership with multiple law enforcement agencies at the federal, state and local levels, will continue to pursue those responsible for the violence and damages.  Law enforcement will continue to request the help of the public to identify the perpetrators via the release of images and videos to news outlets and through the use of social media.  We anticipate a large number of individuals to be charged and arrested for criminal acts committed on May 30, 2020.”   

Virtual Public Information Presentation for the Union Avenue Rehabilitation Project

Join Mayor Frank G. Jackson, City of Cleveland departments and Cleveland City Council members on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 6 p.m. for a Virtual Public Information Presentation of the Union Avenue Rehabilitation Project. The design and plans for the upcoming rehabilitation project will be presented, followed by an opportunity for questions and comments. Construction is scheduled to begin in March 2021 and to be completed in June 2022. The estimated cost of this project is $6.6 million and the funding sources are Federal and City General Obligation Bonds. Click here to view the event flyer.

The public can access the presentation:

·       Online by WebEx at https://tinyurl.com/UnionVirtualMtg

·       By Phone at (415) 655-0003 and enter this code when prompted: 850-064-614

·       View the meeting at the office of Mt. Pleasant NOW Development Corporation located at 13815 Kinsman Rd, Cleveland, OH 44120. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Space is limited due to social distancing requirements. Call (216) 346-9251 to reserve your space.

·       View an online recording of the meeting, using the web link generated after the event. If you prefer this option please send a request to the contact indicated in the comment section below so the link can be provided.

Please provide comments prior to July 7, 2020 via email to erreza@city.cleveland.oh.us, by phone to City Planning at (216) 664-3826 or at City Hall, Room 518, attn. Elida Rreza, P.E.

Safe Routes to School Project Traffic Advisory

On June 15, 2020, construction work is scheduled to begin for the Safe Routes to School project, which will improve pedestrian routes near the following schools:

  • Alfred A. Benesch School – Ward 5
  • Charles Dickens School – Ward 4
  • Daniel E. Morgan School – Ward 7
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt School – Ward 9
  • A.B. Hart School (formerly Fullerton School) – Ward 12
  • George W. Carver School – Ward 5
  • Halle School (formerly H. Barbara Booker School) – Ward 3
  • Harvey Rice School – Ward 6
  • Mound STEM School – Ward 12
  • Nathan Hale School – Ward 2
  • Waverly School – Ward 15
  • Willson School – Ward 7

The project will improve some sidewalks; curb ramps and crosswalks, with minimal disruption to vehicular traffic during construction. The project is scheduled for completion by September 15, 2020. Construction is administered by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), and questions can be directed to the ODOT District 12 Public Information Office at: D12.Public.Information@dot.ohio.gov, 216-584-2005 or 216-584-2007

Pipeline Infrastructure Improvements Update for Ward 3 and Ward 5
On Tuesday, June 23, 2020, Dominion Energy Ohio’s gas pipeline infrastructure replacement project will begin on the following street:

  • Broadway Avenue – 550 Feet on the North Side from 2201-2350 Broadway Avenue

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 July 2020 and completion of restoration by August 2020. Questions? Contact Matt Lenke – Hill International at (330) 353-7111.

I-90/MLK Jr. Drive Interchange Project Traffic Update for Ward 10

On June 22, 2020, asphalt pavement resurfacing is scheduled to begin at the I-90/Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Interchange, upon completion of the new traffic signal installations. Resurfacing is expected to be completed in two weeks, weather permitting.

The work will require closure of the ramps while asphalt resurfacing is placed. The contractor will perform some of the work at night to minimize disruptions to traffic. Traffic will be detoured as follows, and detour signage will be installed:

  • Eastbound Exit Ramp: I-90 eastbound traffic intending to exit at MLK Jr. Drive shall exit at the East 72nd Street ramp and head south to Saint Clair Avenue, then east on Saint Clair Avenue to MLK Jr. Drive
  • Eastbound Entrance Ramp: MLK Jr. Drive traffic intending to enter I-90 heading east shall turn west on Saint Clair Avenue to East 72nd Street where there is an alternative ramp to I-90 eastbound.
  • Westbound Exit Ramp: I-90 westbound traffic intending to exit at MLK Jr. Drive shall exit at the East 72nd Street ramp and head north to North Marginal Road, then east on North Marginal Road to MLK Jr. Drive.
  • Westbound Entrance Ramp: MLK Jr. Drive traffic intending to enter I-90 heading west shall turn west on North Marginal Road to East 72nd Street where there is an alternative ramp to I-90 westbound.

The project will improve traffic flow and reduce crashes by extending two southbound lanes on MLK Jr. Drive to East 88th Street, removing medians, signalizing the eastbound and westbound I-90 ramp intersections, modifying the eastbound exit ramp to allow double right turns, widening the westbound exit ramp to allow double left turns, forming dedicated left turn lanes on MLK Jr. Drive at the eastbound entrance ramp and North Marginal Road intersection, and channelizing the northbound right turn to I-90 eastbound. New underpass lighting will be installed. Active Transportation elements include improving the connection from the Harrison Dillard Bikeway to the Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway by widening to meet trail standards and to provide separation from vehicular traffic; painting murals on the bridge abutments; and new landscaping with shrubs, grasses and perennials at the abutment wingwalls.

The I-90/MLK Interchange construction is administered by the ODOT and construction project updates are provided at the following web site: http://www.dot.state.oh.us/districts/D12/construction/Pages/Construction.aspx

Real time traffic updates on current road construction, traffic speeds, incidents, and weather-related conditions affecting travel can be found at www.Ohgo.com.

Questions? Contact the ODOT District 12 Public Information Office at D12.Public.Information@dot.ohio.gov, 216-584-2005 or 216-584-2007

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.

Department of Public Utilities Customer Reconnection Updates

While business is operating as normal, the Public Utilities Building is closed to the public.  Cleveland Water and Cleveland Public Power have temporarily stopped disconnection of residential services for non-payment. Cleveland Water customers should call (216) 664-3130 and Cleveland Public Power customers should call 216-664-4600 for service restoration.

Cleveland Water Pollution Control (WPC) Customer Service lobby remains open to the public to purchase permits and review maps. The WPC office at 12302 Kirby Ave. is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Report emergencies 24/7 by calling (216) 664-2513. To date:

o   CPP has reconnected 117 total customers

o   CWD has reconnected 1,338 total customers

Cleveland Water customers can make payments and manage their account at myclevelandwater.com, by calling (216) 664-3130. Questions can be submitted via the inquiry form at clevelandwater.com/ask-a-question. CPP customers can make payments and manage their account at cpp.org. Inquiries and questions can be submitted via www.cpp.org/Contact

Cleveland Water and CPP customers may also use the dropbox located at 1201 Lakeside Ave. Please include name and account number along with payment. Multiple accounts must be on separate checks.

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 of Cleveland Announces CARES Act Funding Updates

Today, Mayor Jackson held a press conference to announce the City of Cleveland’s planned uses for $19,416,728 in CARES Act funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development as part of his Restart CLE plan. Alongside Community Development Director Tania Menesse and Economic Development Director David Ebersole, Mayor Jackson also announced funding intended to aid the businesses that were affected by the May 30 civil unrest. Click here to watch the press conference.

“Restart CLE was really designed to relieve the burden and suffering of people and businesses, particularly small and medium size businesses,” said Mayor Jackson. “We received CARES Act dollars and put some of the City’s money into that to come up with several types of programs.”

The City issued RFPs for Basic Needs, Rental Assistance, Housing for People with Aids and Homeless Prevention and Support on May 13. Fifty-four proposals were received and reviewed by City departments and external subject matter experts. The City plans to award $19,360,350 to 35 agencies in the following areas:

·       Food and food delivery: $629,975

·       Senior Services: $510,074

·       Utility Assistance: $1,183,078

·       Broadband Assistance: $500,000

·       Homeless and HIV/Aids: $3,282,691

·       Referral Services: $1,338,058

·       Rental Assistance: $11,300,000

Agencies awarded funds will be notified by end of day Friday and will start offering services to residents by the week of July 13. Click here to view more about the amounts awarded.

In addition, the Department of Economic Development is accepting applications for three programs designed to assist small businesses with the challenges posed by COVID-19. 

–          The Emergency Working Capital Loan provides loans of up to $10,000 to assist small businesses.  The loan will provide funds to help offset expenses related to business operations, such as rent, utilities and other working capital needs. No payments are due until January 2021 and payments are just $150/month thereafter. 

–          The Emergency Working Capital Loan – Specially Impacted Business Fund provides small business in the restaurant, retail and personal care industries with up to an additional $20,000 to further support working capital expenses. Again, no payments are due until January 2021 and payments are just $150 per month. Up to 50% of the loan is forgivable to offset costs of personal protective equipment and other measures needed to operate safely and protect the health of employees and customers.

–          The Restoration Working Capital Loan provides businesses with up to $100,000 in working capital funds. No payments are due until January 2021 and payments are interest-only until 2022. The low-interest loan will provide businesses with low-cost flexible working capital to help support costs necessary to restart or modify operations as businesses begin to resume normal operations.

As a result of the recent civil unrest, the City has been working with our partners at Downtown Cleveland Alliance, Greater Cleveland Partnership, Cuyahoga County and the Cleveland & Gund Foundations to collect information and analyze the impact of the events and develop programming to support our businesses. We have developed a program to assist small businesses and will continue working with our partners to implement the program. More about the program is below:

–          The Department of Economic Development will issue grants of up to $25,000 to assist businesses with repairing property damage, acquiring equipment and restoring inventory.

–          Grants will be scaled based on the recovery costs incurred by the businesses. 

o   Businesses suffering up to $20,000 in costs can receive a grant of up to $5,000

o   Business suffering more than $20,000 in costs can receive a grant of up to 25% of their costs, up to $25,000.

–          Businesses will be required to submit documentation of loss and insurance coverage

The Department of Economic Development anticipates releasing an application early next week.

CORRECTION: Modified Bulk Pick-Up Schedule 

Bulk pick-up originally scheduled for the weeks of June 15 and June 22 has been rescheduled for the weeks of June 22 and June 29. Residents should follow regular bulk pick-up guidelines. We appreciate residents’ patience as we adjust our plans to keep our workers safe through the coronavirus pandemic.

As a reminder, residents are permitted to up to three bulk items on tree lawns. More info on guidelines for proper disposal:

o   Residents may leave out for collection items such as appliances, tables, chairs, mattresses, box springs, couches and furniture.

o   All mattresses, box springs and cloth furniture must be wrapped in plastic.

o   In addition to the three items, residents may leave out up to four tires.

o   The city does not accept construction material.

o   Boxes and bags are not bulk items.

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.

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

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Previous COVID-19 Updates from the City of Cleveland

Click here to view previous updates.

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