City of Cleveland Provides General Updates on Coronavirus & Safety Protocols – Update #110

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.

7 New Confirmed Coronavirus Cases in Cleveland Reported

The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) has been notified of seven more confirmed test results for coronavirus in residents of the city and no new fatalities. This brings the total to 1,896 confirmed cases in the City of Cleveland and 75 fatalities. The new confirmed cases include males and females whose ages range from their 20s to their 50s. Three probable cases were also identified bringing the total probable cases to 471. CDPH is working to identify their close contacts who would require testing or monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms.

As of today, there are 40,549 confirmed cases and 2,430 fatalities in the State of Ohio. There are more than 2.2 million confirmed cases and 118,894 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.  

Mayor Jackson Swears in New Public Safety Director

Karrie D. Howard was sworn in as the Director of Public Safety on June 19, 2020. He comes into this position after serving as the Assistant Director of Public Safety Operations and Chief Prosecuting Attorney for the City of Cleveland. Click here to download his headshotView the swearing in video.

Other experience includes work as a litigation attorney with Thacker Robinson Zinz LPA, Assistant Prosecutor for the City of Cleveland, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Cuyahoga County and Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio. Howard is also a Captain in the U.S. Air Force Reserves and serves as an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate at the Youngstown Air Reserves Station. 

He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration after completing active duty service in the United States Marine Corps. He later earned his Juris Doctorate from Cleveland Marshall College of Law, as well as certificates in Leadership and Human Resource Management from University of Maryland University College.

Black Lives Matter Mural Announced

The City of Cleveland, Cleveland City Councilman Blaine Griffin and our partners at R.A.K.E and Graffiti Art are teaming up to paint a Black Lives Matter mural directly on East 93rd Street between Bessemer and Heath.

“It is my vision to make the E. 93rd Street Corridor the Most Impressive Artistic Corridor in the City of Cleveland,” said Councilman Griffin. “This includes murals, sculptures and other works of art to capture the history and beauty of our community. This is only temporary but it will reflect community pride and hopefully open up everyone’s eyes to our beautiful community and our potential. ”

A group of residents led by Burten Bell Carr have led an extensive process to develop a comprehensive art plan called Elevate the East which includes this mural and other art.

There will be a temporary street closure Saturday, June 20 at 6 a.m. until Sunday, June 21 at 6 a.m. The Cleveland Division of Police will reroute traffic during this time. We ask for residents’ patience as the mural is completed. 

Joint Statement on Feast of the Assumption

Today, Mayor Jackson, Councilman Griffin and Fr. Joseph Previte of the Holy Rosary Parish in Little Italy released the following joint statement about the 2020 Feast of the Assumption:

For 121 years, Holy Rosary Parish has celebrated the Feast of the Assumption in Little Italy. This annual tradition brings together many in Northeast Ohio as well as visitors from around the country who return each year to celebrate our Lady’s Assumption. Like many, we have monitored the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, discussed the viability of holding the Feast with city of Cleveland officials, and considered actions taken by other special events in the area.

Having reviewed all available data at this time, we have decided to cancel the Feast of the Assumption street festival for 2020. This has been a difficult but necessary decision. The health and safety of our volunteers, vendors, and participants is our highest priority. The safety recommendations from the state of Ohio for safe distancing do not allow us to hold large gatherings in the confined space in which we typically hold the Feast and ensure public health and safety.

Holy Rosary will still celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption on August 15 and, if possible given all safety and health considerations, hold a procession on that day. A final determination regarding the procession will be at later time.

We appreciate and thank all those who have celebrated with us over these 121 years and look forward to continuing this celebration and tradition in 2021.

E-Scooters, Shared Mobility Devices Returning to City Streets This Weekend

E-scooters and other shared mobility devices will be available in Cleveland beginning Saturday, June 20. This summer’s updated approach expands scooter operating hours from the original 7 a.m.-7 p.m. to 5 a.m.- 9 p.m. through Labor Day and increases the maximum speed to 15 mph. 

Companies are required to follow applicable federal, state and local COVID-19 guidelines, and will sanitize the devices any time employees interact with them, including for recharging, rebalancing and maintenance. Riders are encouraged to wash their hands before and after riding, and to wipe down high touch surfaces like the handlebars before riding.​

For more information about shared mobility, including rules of the road, parking practices, and company information, visit www.clevelandohio.gov/scootersandbikes. Program feedback can be submitted to the City on an ongoing basis by emailing dockless@clevelandohio.gov.

Center Street Swing Bridge Temporary Closure

The Center Street Swing Bridge over the Cuyahoga River will be closed on Monday and Tuesday June 29 and 30, 2020 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.  The closure is necessary to perform an inspection of the bridge.

Alternative Route:

Westbound traffic:

·       Proceed west on Center Street to Columbus Road

·       Proceed south on Columbus Road to Abbey Road

·       Proceed west on Abbey Road to Gehring Street

·       Proceed south on Gehring Street to West 25th Street

·       Proceed northwest on West 25th Street to Main Avenue

·       Proceed northeast on Main Avenue to Center Street

Eastbound Traffic:

·       Proceed east on Center Street to Main Avenue

·       Proceed southwest on Main Avenue to West 25th Street

·       Proceed southeast on West 25th Street to Gehring Street

·       Proceed north on Gehring Street to Abbey Avenue

·       Proceed east on Abbey Avenue to Columbus Road

·       Proceed north on Columbus Road to Center Street

Questions? Please contact the City’s Project Engineer, Richard Ortman at (216) 664-7421.

CARES Act Funding Allocation
The City of Cleveland issued Basic Needs, Homeless Special Needs, HOPWA and Rental Assistance Requests for Proposals (RFP) on May 13. Fifty-four RFPs were received on May 27. Teams of City staff and outside subject matter experts from the community scored proposals and discussed funding recommendations during the week of June 1.

Discussions focused on what proposed services would most benefit residents and small businesses affected by COVID-19 and how quickly the services could be delivered upon award. The Department of Community Development recommends awarding $19,360,350 in the following categories:

  • Food and food delivery at $629,975.
  • Senior Services at $510,074.
  • Utility Assistance at 1,183,078.
  • Broadband Assistance at $500,000.
  • Homeless and HIV/Aids at $3,282,691.
  • Referral Services at $1,338,058.
  • Rental Assistance at $11,300,000. 

For a full list of organizations recommended for CARES Act funding, click here.

Rental Assistance Program Updates

The City of Cleveland awarded $11.3M of US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) CARES Act funds to the Cleveland Housing Network (CHN) & EDEN, Inc. to administer a rental assistance program to residents affected by COVID-19. The Department of Community Development recommended the partnership of CHN/EDEN to receive the full allocation of funds due to the unique challenges that already exist in standing up this program amidst the pandemic; once we have successfully rolled out the program with this partnership, we can look to expand it with neighborhood entities as we know the need for shallow subsidies will continue to exist after the pandemic subsides.

Applicants will self-certify that they require assistance because of a loss of income/employment due to COVID-19 to initially qualify for emergency rental assistance and then will be income qualified and go through the traditional HUD determination for Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and HOME funds if they require longer term assistance. An estimated 5,000 households are expected to receive short term (3 months) benefits through the program and 1500 households are expected to receive long term benefits (up to nine months).

CHN will be the entry point for all clients through its existing IT Front Desk scheduling system allowing clients to access rental assistance, utility assistance, housing and financial counseling, broadband access, and referral resources. Clients can complete an application online or one of CHN’s 22 intake specialists can assist with applications via video/phone meeting.

EDEN will receive pre-screened referrals from CHN through a shared database, with all documents uploaded prior to referral including the Request for Lease Approval. EDEN will conduct a full assessment to confirm eligibility and determine the appropriate funding source for the rental assistance. To serve more people with the least amount of subsidy, EDEN proposes checking income and completing an assessment of need by the Housing Stability Specialists and counseling resources at CHN every 3 months to ensure no household gets more assistance than needed, and it will allow households to exit earlier if they are self-sufficient sooner.​

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:

·        CPP has reconnected 121 total customers

·        CWD has reconnected 1,435 total customers

Cleveland Water customers can make payments and manage their account at myclevelandwater.com or 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.

Modified Bulk Pick-Up Schedule 

Bulk pick-up has been rescheduled for the weeks of June 22, June 29, July 6 and July 13. 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 of Cleveland Now Accepting Applications for Recovery Response Fund

On Thursday, June 11, Mayor Jackson announced a grant program available for businesses impacted by the civil unrest of May 30, 2020.  The City of Cleveland has been engaged with Cuyahoga County, the Greater Cleveland Partnership, Downtown Cleveland Alliance (DCA) and the Cleveland Foundation to provide assistance to re-opening businesses and developed a one-stop application. Impacted businesses looking for financial assistance should apply through DCA at the following link: https://form.jotform.com/201656956665064. Impacted businesses throughout the City are encouraged to apply.

Update on Temporary Outdoor Dining for Restaurants

In order to better serve restaurants and their patrons during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Cleveland has established guidelines and regulations for permitted businesses to use private parking lots, streets and on-street parking areas as outdoor restaurant spaces as part of Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s ReStart CLE plan. This legislation provides restaurants with additional dining space that allows them to safely operate.

Businesses will need to acquire permits for outdoor dining. Permits issued for a Temporary Expansion Area may be revoked at any time for failure to comply with the provisions of this ordinance, the codified ordinances and applicable rules and regulations of the City of Cleveland or laws of the state of Ohio, including Ohio Department of Health orders. Businesses must adhere to the following regulations:

·       Permit Fee Duration: A Temporary Expansion Area permit, is valid through November 1, 2020, unless earlier terminated or revoked. No fee will be required for a TEA permit application.

·       Patio Elements: An application for a Temporary Expansion Area permit shall include detailed plans drawn to scale showing the number and location of patio elements, including standard tables, chairs, and umbrella. Additional elements such as tents, generators, and other structures may require additional approvals. All elements must remain within the approved site plan area of operation.

·       Spacing Requirements: All patio furnishing must be organized to allow for appropriate social distancing between tables in compliance with Ohio Department of Health orders.

·       Protective Barrier Structure for patio area expansion: All expanded patio enclosure areas must contain the appropriate protection between the patio area and vehicular traffic. This will require a much stronger barrier than a typical patio enclosure. The structure must be removable at the end of business hours (if necessary) or after any designated period approved as part of the application. In the case of a full street closure, or where, in the determination of the City, additional buffers are needed, the City may provide the necessary protective barrier structure at no cost.

·       Maintenance: Permittees shall maintain the TEA in accordance with all City, County, and State laws, regulations, and orders. Permittee shall be responsible for keeping the TEA clean and safe.

To learn more about the permit application process, outdoor dining and public space typologies and outdoor dining guidelines and regulations, click 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.

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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