City of Cleveland Daily News Updates – #327

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 March 31, 2021 extending the City’s Proclamation of Civil Emergency through April 30, 2021Click here to view the order. Essential services such as Police, Fire, EMS, waste collection and Utilities will remain operational. 

Cleveland Division of Fire Participates in Operation Save a Life

Today, members of the Cleveland Division of Fire visited approximately 250 homes to spread awareness regarding the importance of working smoke alarms following the March 20, 2021 fatal fire which occurred on West 123rd Street and claimed the life of an elderly man.

Operation Save A Life is a partnership between the American Red Cross and the Cleveland Division of Fire. The program began in Cleveland in 1992 and has since spread throughout the United States. Cleveland Firefighters install hundreds of smoke alarms across the City of Cleveland each year.

“Preventing fire fatalities is an important part of our mission,” said Fire Chief Angelo Calvillo. “Smoke alarms are a simple yet effective way to protect your family in the event of a home fire. Operation Save a Life has done just that—saved lives.”

The program provides up to three smoke alarms per residence. The Division of Fire also has bed shaker alarms for hearing impaired residents. Operation Save a Life can be reached at (216) 361-5535.

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Passenger Travel Data

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE), like other airports worldwide, has had a dramatic drop in air service and travelers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Concerns over health and safety, as well as quarantines, coupled with many businesses cancelling travel and leisure travelers staying home, have impacted flights.

We are currently averaging 9,856 passengers in the past seven days, compared with the 314 passengers we reported in April 2020. Click here to view regularly updated numbers on airport travel on the Hopkins website.

City of Cleveland Crack Sealing Program Begins the Week of April 12, 2021

During the week of April 12, 2021 the City of Cleveland’s Crack Sealing Program will begin throughout the City.

Crack sealing is an important step in extending the life and maintaining a high condition rating of an asphalt roadway.

·       A hot-applied crack sealants is used to fill the cracks

·       Performed within the first few years of the asphalt being placed, crack sealing will prevent water from penetrating into the roadway causing damage especially during freeze/thaw cycles.

·       The process moves quickly with the work being completed in several days or up to two weeks depending on the size of the roadway.

·       The City estimates that there will be approximately 150 streets that will be crack sealed.

While work is being performed, traffic will be maintained at all times. Access to all businesses, residences and side streets will be maintained during construction. On-street parking will not be allowed.  A Law Enforcement Officer (L.E.O) will be present as needed.

Questions? Contact the City’s Administrative Manager, Cherita Anglen at (216) 420-7605.

*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.

Alice Avenue Brick Restoration Project Traffic Advisory for Ward 12

During the week of April 19, 2021, weather permitting, the City will begin brick restoration on Alice Avenue from East 71st Street to East 73rd Street. A portion of the street will be closed and traffic will be closed westbound. A complete closure is not expected. No on-street parking will be permitted for the duration of the project.

DETOUR ROUTE: Right on East 73rd Street, the right on Rathbun, right on E.71st, then right back to Alice.

The project will remove the various concrete caps in the street and replace it with brick.  The work will take place during the hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The brick restoration project is expected to complete by the end of May 2021.

Questions? Contact the City of Cleveland’s Construction Inspector, James Miller at (216) 857-1635.

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.

Restoration Project Traffic Advisory for Ward 3

During the week May 10, 2021, weather permitting, the City will begin brick restoration on Vine Court from West 32nd Street to West 38th Street. A complete closure is expected to occur during the day but no complete closure is expected overnight. No on-street parking will be permitted for the duration of the project.

The project will remove the various concrete caps in the street and replace it with brick.  The work will take place during the hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The brick restoration project is expected to complete by the end of June 2021.

Questions? Contact the City of Cleveland’s Construction Inspector, Eric Faehner at (216) 857-3028.

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.

Concrete Repair Project Traffic Advisory for Ward 10 

During the week of May 3, 2021, weather permitting, the City will begin concrete repairs on Lakeside Avenue from East 40th Street to East 53rd Street. A portion of the street will be closed and one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction. A complete closure is not expected to occur. No on-street parking will be permitted for the duration of the project in the affected areas and no parking signs will be posted.

The project includes repairing broken concrete pavement and adjusting sunken or damaged utility castings. The work will take place during the hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The concrete repair project is expected to complete by the end of July 2021.

Questions? Contact the City of Cleveland’s Construction Inspector, James Miller at (216) 857-1635.

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.

Resurfacing Project Traffic Advisory for Ward 7

During the week of April 12, 2021, weather permitting, the City will begin asphalt resurfacing on Commerce Avenue from East 40th Street to East 55th Street. A portion of the street will be closed and one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction. A complete closure is not expected to occur. No on-street parking will be permitted for the duration of the project.

The project includes milling the existing asphalt pavement, adjusting utility castings, full depth pavement repairs, partial depth pavement repairs, replacement of curb, placement of compliant ADA ramps, placing new asphalt, and pavement markings. The work will take place during the hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The asphalt resurfacing project is expected to complete by the end of July 2021.

Questions? Contact the City of Cleveland’s Construction Inspector, James Miller at (216) 857-1635.

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 14th Street Rehabilitation Project for Wards 3 & 12

Beginning Monday, April 5, 2021, ODOT will begin construction of the West 14th Street Resurfacing project. Maintenance of traffic will be as follows:

·       Two-way traffic will be maintained northbound on West 14th Street from Quigley Avenue to Fairfield Avenue. Two southbound lanes will be closed. 

·       Once the work in southbound lanes is complete, the traffic will transfer to two-way southbound lanes. Two northbound lanes will be closed.

Access at all intersections and driveways will be maintained, but on-street parking will not be permitted.

Electronic message boards will be placed on either end of the construction prior to the week of April 5, 2021 informing the public of the impending construction work.  

The West 14th construction is being administered by the Ohio Department of Transportation. Improvements include:

·      The pavement resurfacing project on West 14th St. begins 400 feet north of Quigley Avenue to Fairfield Avenue approximately 0.9 miles.

·       The existing asphalt surface will be removed, the underlying pavement base will be repaired and new asphalt will be placed in two courses.

·      New thermoplastic pavement markings will be installed to replace existing pavement markings.

·      All Recycled Materials to be used on project such as Asphalt, Concrete and Steel.

·      25 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant curb ramps will be installed at crossing street locations.

·      1250 Feet of crosswalks will be installed at intersecting streets.

·      1.3 miles of bike lanes will be repainted on both sides of the street which support the Mayor’s Bikeway Masterplan and improves the connectivity.

The work on this project will take place Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The project will be completed by August 31, 2021.

Questions? Contact the Ohio Department of Transportation 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.

Other Important Reminders

City of Cleveland and Cleveland Department of Public Health to Begin Reporting Weekly COVID-19 Cases

The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) is committed to reporting COVID-19-related information accurately to the community.  Starting the week of April 5, CDPH will begin posting a COVID-19 weekly summary report that includes data pertaining to reported COVID cases and vaccine distribution.  The new weekly comprehensive summary report will replace our daily COVID-19 case numbers report. The report will be released in the City of Cleveland’s news updates and posted to the CDPH website.

As previously announced, case numbers will be reported Monday-Friday until the week of April 5.

RTA and Civic Partners Provide Free Ride to Vaccination Centers
The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is partnering with Cuyahoga County and the City of Cleveland to provide All Day passes good for a free ride on bus, rail and paratransit to the Wolstein Center and vaccination sites throughout the county. Read the full release here.

Mayor Frank G. Jackson Announces Return of the Exterior Paint Program

The City of Cleveland invites residents to take advantage of its 2021 Exterior Paint Program. Applications must be received by April 30, 2021.

The Exterior Paint Program provides paint and materials to homeowners who wish to paint the exterior of their homes. Labor is not included. The goal for 2021 is 500 homes with a total allocation of $500,000 for the program.

“The goal of this program is to help residents protect their home investments, improve housing stock in our neighborhoods and create a better, more equitable quality of life,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson.

Homeowners, as well as tenants, who meet income guidelines, are welcome to apply for the program. Funds cover the cost of up to $1,500 for owner occupants or up to $750 for tenants in paint and materials, though restrictions do apply. Inspections of the property must also be conducted. Applications must be received by April 30, 2021 and the painting must be completed by October 31, 2021.

The Department of Community Development’s Division of Neighborhood Services administers services on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested Cleveland residents can obtain applications by calling (216) 664-2045.

Exterior Paint Program Income Guidelines

FAMILY SIZEINCOME LEVELFAMILY SIZEINCOME LEVEL
1$51,6005$79,600
2$59,0006$85,500
3$66,3507$91,400
4$73,7008$97,300

Governor Dewine Announces Guidance to Vaccine Providers on Phase 1c and Phase 2

Small Business Administration (SBA) – Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans Update 

SBA has announced an additional tranche of PPP funding to assist small businesses. PPP loans are available until March 31, 2021 to help keep businesses open during the COVID-19 Pandemic. PPP Loans may be eligible for forgiveness if certain conditions are met:

·       Employee and compensation levels are maintained

·       Loan proceeds are spent on payroll costs and other expenses

·       At least 60% of proceeds are spent on payroll costs

President Biden has announced several changes to the program to make it more accessible:

·       Beginning February 24 and through March 10, only businesses with fewer than 20 employees are eligible to apply in order to ensure that the smallest businesses have access to this program.

·       Rules for sole proprietors, self-employed individuals and independent contractors have been modified to increase access for certain felony convictions.

·       Elimination of student loan debt delinquency as a disqualifier to PPP loans

·       Non-citizen small business owners may use Individual Tax Identification Numbers to apply for PPP.

Information about the program, including matching small businesses with area lenders, can be found at: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program

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 http://www.myCLEschool.org. See details for upcoming meetings below:

Finance Committee Meeting

Thursday, April 22 at 8:30 a.m. via Microsoft Teams

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Cleveland Plan Progress Committee Refresh Retreat

Friday, April 23, 2021 at 1 p.m. via Zoom

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Cleveland Transformation Alliance Board Meeting

Monday, April 26 at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom

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Previous COVID-19 Updates from the City of Cleveland

Click here to view previous updates.

For more information about COVID-19, visit the following:

●       www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

●       https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/

●       http://www.clevelandhealth.org/