City of Cleveland Daily News Updates – #298

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 Jan. 26 extending the City’s Proclamation of Civil Emergency through Feb. 28, 2021Click here to view the order. Essential services such as Police, Fire, EMS, waste collection and Utilities will remain operational. 

City of Cleveland Releases Waste Collection and Recycling Report

Maintaining its commitment to keeping the city clean, reducing waste, and providing quality service for our residents, the City of Cleveland commissioned a consultant GT Environmental to develop a report to evaluate the solid waste, recycling, and bulk collection programs operated by the Division of Waste Collection and Disposal. The main focus of this study was to fully understand how the City currently operates these programs, and develop specific recommendations which improve efficiency and support our waste reduction goals, while still maintaining high levels of service for our residents. Click here to view the full report.

In January 2021, a draft report and recommendations were presented to City leadership. The report spanned the entirety of our waste collection operations and included various implementation pathways and investments needed to meet our goals. After careful review and consideration, the Division of Waste Collection and Disposal has identified a number of recommendations to improve operational efficiency, reduce costs, and increase materials diverted from landfills. In Spring 2021, we anticipate GT Environmental will provide detailed strategies to implement these recommendations and communicate updates to residents. Summaries of the anticipated program updates are detailed below.

Program/ Service AreaRecommended UpdatesBenefits
BULK WASTE COLLECTION·       Shift to bi-weekly, appointment-based bulk collection. Residents call to schedule bulk pick up through Division of Waste.·       Division of Waste to continuing issuing warnings and/or citations for improper bulk set out.·       Reduces stress on weekly bulk collections.·       Improves route efficiency and deters improper set out.·       Increases opportunities for landfill diversion.
CURBSIDE RECYCLING·       Transition to an opt-in program. Residents interested in receiving curbside recycling services must opt-in to the program. Residents who do not participate will have blue bins removed.·       Residents interested in receiving information about the opt-in program can soon sign up via the City website.·       Reduces contamination of residential recycling.·       Improves route efficiency.·       Increases effectiveness of outreach and education efforts.
OUTREACH & EDUCATION·       Distribute updated Waste Collection & Recycling Service Guide to all households in service area.·       Update website with accurate program information and resources for proper waste disposal and recycling.·       Provides all residents with up-to-date information on proper waste set out and recycling.·       Increases opportunities for landfill diversion.
OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY·       Update waste, recycling & bulk collection routes.·       Support improved vehicle and equipment maintenance.·       Support initial and ongoing staff training.·       Reduces wear and tear on vehicles, equipment.·       Reduces fuel consumption.·       Promotes positive work environment for staff.

Firefighter Injured Responding to House Fire in Glenville Neighborhood

Just before midnight last night, Cleveland Fire Companies responded to a fire in a 2 1/2 Story vacant house in the 9900 Block of Columbia Ave. in the Glenville Neighborhood, 6th Battalion. Shortly after extinguishing the fire on the first floor of the structure, the Lieutenant on Engine 30 fell through the first floor into the basement, sustaining minor injuries to his knee and shoulder. The 52 year-old 27 year veteran was transported by EMS 30 to Metro Hospital for evaluation and later released in stable condition. The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

Important Reminders (Previous Announcements)

City of Cleveland Update on Daily COVID-19 Case Reporting

The City of Cleveland will now distribute daily COVID-19 case numbers via social media each evening. Members of the media and the general public are encouraged to follow the City on Facebook and Twitter where daily case numbers will be publicized upon receipt. The daily round-up of news updates from the city will be shared at the end of the business day.

Cleveland City Council Finance Committee Holds 2021 Budget Hearings

Mayor Frank G. Jackson addressed Cleveland City Council on Feb. 16, kicking off the 2021 budget hearings. The hearings will continue through Thursday, Feb. 25 at 9 a.m. Council will convene with City departmental leadership to hear more about the 2021 budget and have the opportunity to ask questions. To view the Mayor’s 2021 Budget Estimate, click here.

Click here to view the Mayor’s Letter of Transmittal and the 2021 Budget Hearing Schedule.

City of Cleveland Commemorates Black History Month with Series of Virtual Events

The 2021 City of Cleveland Black History Month celebration kicked off on Monday, February 1 with a virtual opening ceremony. This year’s theme, “Strengthening Black Families through the Quest for Equity and Equality,” celebrates the contributions and achievements made by residents and leaders in the Black community with a series of virtual events. All of these virtual events are free and open to the public.

“Each year, our Black History Month celebration serves to recognize Cleveland’s long-standing history of Black leadership and honor Black individuals who contribute to our city’s legacy of cultural diversity and equality,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “We continue this tradition by celebrating the men and women of the Black community who strive to make Cleveland a great place to live, work, play and do businesses, for our residents and their families.”

Some of the events, though virtual, offer Facebook Live viewers the opportunity to interact with panelists by asking questions in the comments. Click here to view a calendar of events. Please note that some events will be livestreamed to Facebook and some will be available to the public via WebEx, though registration is required via Eventbrite. To participate in Facebook events, visit the City of Cleveland Facebook page at

Students Invited to Apply for Mayor Frank G. Jackson Scholarship Program

The Mayor Frank G. Jackson Scholarship Program is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. The deadline to submit your application is March 28, 2021. To learn more and to apply, click here.

The Mayor Frank G. Jackson Scholarship Program was created by the City of Cleveland in 2007 to provide scholarship funds to the following individuals:

  1. City employees
  2. Dependents of City employees
  3. High school seniors graduating from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District
  4. High school seniors in the Youth Development Program or involved with the City of Cleveland Department of Recreation

The program provides scholarships of $1,000 per year for up to 4 years. Selected scholarship recipients must be a full-time (minimum 12 credit hours each term) student at a four-year, public or private, not-for-profit higher education institution.

Scholarships are renewable for up to three additional years from the first awarded academic year. To be eligible for renewal of the scholarship, students must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA and full-time status.

The City of Cleveland’s Mayor Frank G. Jackson Scholarship program is administered through College Now Greater Cleveland. For questions about the scholarship applications, please contact College Now at (216) 635-0324.

City Of Cleveland Establishes Call Center to Answer General Vaccine Distribution Questions

The City of Cleveland has established a call center that is currently available to answer general questions pertaining to the City’s vaccine distribution efforts and assist eligible individuals in scheduling an appointment to receive the vaccine.   

  • Call Center Number: (216) 664-2222
  • Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

As a reminder, only individuals who meet the Ohio Department of Health’s criteria are eligible to receive the vaccine at this time. Due to limited supply, it will take time for eligible individuals to receive the vaccine. We ask for your patience. As we receive additional supply, we will be opening up additional vaccination sites and scheduling appointments for eligible individuals to receive the vaccine.

Calls Regarding COVID-19 Complaints

With the passage by Cleveland City Council of an ordinance authorizing penalties for non-compliance with Mayor Jackson’s mask mandate, enforcement is now in effect. There are two numbers Clevelanders should call regarding non-compliance:

●      Business complaints: CDPH hotline at (216) 857-7165

●      Individual or private residence complaints: Cleveland Police non-emergency line at (216) 621-1234

Cleveland City Council recently approved the mandatory use of masks in public spaces as well as certain penalties for individuals and businesses that do not comply. On July 3, Mayor Jackson signed an amended order mandating the use of masks in public in the City of Cleveland to slow the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus. This includes mandatory use in bars, restaurants, shared office settings, rideshares and other shared spaces.

Citations may be issued with fines for the following:

●      Any business or person violating the mask or safe-seating order (which maintains social distancing of at least six feet between patrons) is subject to civil penalties in accordance with Ordinance No. 556-2020, specifically chapters 602 and 236.

●      Any business in the City of Cleveland with an employee who becomes ill with the coronavirus is required to immediately disinfect and sanitize the premises. Following a warning, they may be subject to a civil penalty of $1,000 for the first offense and a civil penalty of $3,000 for each subsequent violation.

Upcoming Cleveland Transformation Alliance Meetings

The Cleveland Transformation Alliance Committee (CTA) is currently hosting public meetings via Zoom or Microsoft Teams. For more information on these meetings, please visit See details for upcoming meetings below:

CTA Special Board Meeting

Feb. 23, 2021 at 5 p.m. via Zoom

The subject of this meeting is to consider a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan.

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Charter Review Committee

Feb. 24, 2021 at 2 p.m. via Microsoft Teams

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Or call in (audio only): +1 216-815-0098,,916557569#   United States, Cleveland

Phone Conference ID: 916 557 569#

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CTA Executive Meeting

Feb. 26, 2021 at 4 p.m. via Zoom

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CTA Executive Meeting

Feb. 26, 2021 4 p.m. via Zoom

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Finance Committee

March 11, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. via Microsoft Teams

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Or call in (audio only): +1 216-815-0098,,707589369#   United States, Cleveland

Phone Conference ID: 707 589 369#

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Cleveland Transformation Alliance Board Meeting

March 15, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom

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Previous COVID-19 Updates from the City of Cleveland

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