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, 2021. Click here to view the order. Essential services such as Police, Fire, EMS, waste collection and Utilities will remain operational.
Cleveland Police Officer Involved Shooting:
On April 15, 2021 at approximately 4 a.m., officers responded to a 911 call for a male threatening a family in the 13600 block of Beachwood Avenue. Officers did not apprehend the suspect but arrested another individual for an unrelated drug offense. An additional call for the same known male threatening, were made directly to the district after this call. Officers responded and encountered the male who was known to have multiple felony warrants for offenses including murder, aggravated robbery and aggravated menacing.
On arrival, the officers encountered the suspect who fled through yards on foot and attempted to climb a fence. The suspect turned and pointed a firearm at an officer at which time shots were fired and the suspect was shot. Officers rendered aid to the suspect, however he was pronounced deceased at the scene. View the officer’s body worn camera footage and the 911 call on the Cleveland Public Records Center under Trending Topics.
This incident will be investigated by members of the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office. The Cleveland Division of Police will cooperate fully with this investigation. During the course of today’s on scene investigation, the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on the abandoned home of the back yard in which the shooting occurred. During the execution of this warrant, two individuals were found hiding in the garage and were taken into custody. Narcotics and an assault rifle were also confiscated.
The deceased suspect was wanted on a murder warrant for the Sept. 1, 2020 gas station shooting death of a 48-year-old female. A 26-year-old female was injured by gunfire in the same incident.
Law Enforcement Involved Shooting Investigation
On April 14, 2021 at approximately 3:50 p.m., Cleveland Police Officers responded to East 82nd Street and Decker Avenue for shots fired. While enroute, officers received information that the incident was a law enforcement involved shooting. On arrival, officers encountered the victim, a Special Agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration providing first aid to a male suspect. The suspect was then taken to the Cleveland Clinic via a Cleveland Police zone car for treatment and later conveyed to University Hospital for treatment where he remains confined.
Per protocol, members of the Cleveland Division of Police Use of Force Team (FIT) including the Homicide Unit, Internal Affairs Unit and Crime Scene and Records, responded to the scene for investigation.
Preliminary information indicates that Drug Enforcement Administration Agents were in the area of East 82nd Street and Decker Avenue conducting a narcotics operation. The involved Special Agent/victim was the single occupant in a parked vehicle when a vehicle pulled up near him and two males exited, one displaying a firearm at which point shots were fired and the suspect was shot. The agent was not injured.
This matter remains under investigation. Inquiries relative to the Drug Enforcement Administration investigation and agent information should be directed to the DEA. No additional information is available at this time. Any additional information will be provided via GOV QA.
From the Cleveland Division of Police:
The number one goal of law enforcement officers is to keep the community safe. Officers respond to calls for service from our citizens and will continue to do everything possible to take violent criminals off of our streets. Cleveland, like cities across the United States, has seen a sharp rise in gun violence and homicides. Although these outcomes are never what we want, they are the result of guns in the hands of criminals. We need the help of the community. Please report crime tips to law enforcement. Anonymous information can be provided via Crimestoppers by calling 216-25-CRIME.
Other Important Reminders
Cleveland Department of Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Update
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine Announces Amended Health Order
On April 9, 2021, Governor Mike DeWine announced that Ohio Department of Health Director Stephanie McCloud signed an amended health order to provide clarity regarding religious exemptions, spacing in restaurants and K-12 facial coverings. View the amended Order for Social Distancing, Facial Coverings, and Non-Congregating here.
City of Cleveland Board of Control Issues Resolution for NFL Draft Vendors
As the City of Cleveland prepares to host the NFL Draft from April 29, 2021 – May 1, 2021, vendors should be advised of required regulations and Codified Ordinances within the City. Click here to read the resolution.
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 (TEA) 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 (ODH) orders. Businesses must adhere to the following regulations:
· Permit Fee Duration: A TEA permit, is valid through Nov. 1, 2021, unless terminated earlier 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 ODH 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 TEAs 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 of Cleveland Seeks Applicants for CMSD Board Appointment
Mayor Frank G. Jackson has announced that applications will be accepted from now until Monday, May 3, 2021 for appointment to four seats on the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) Board of Education. The four seats are for expiring terms ending Wednesday, June 30, 2021. New terms will begin July 1, 2021 and expire June 30, 2025.
To be considered, applicants must be residents of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Interested parties can mail their applications to the Nominating Panel at 601 Lakeside Avenue, Room 227, Cleveland, Ohio 44114, attention Dr. Monyka Price or drop off applications at City Hall. Applications must be turned in by close of business Monday, May 3, 2021.
To obtain an application please visit www.city.cleveland.oh.us, www.cpl.org and www.clevelandmetroschool.org or contact Dr. Price at (216) 420-8087 for more information. Applications can also be found at branches of the Cleveland Public Library and City of Cleveland Recreation Centers.
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
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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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