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.
Statement from City of Cleveland
The verdict in the trial of ex-Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin has been announced. We continue to hope and pray for the family of George Floyd and his loved ones. The City of Cleveland supports citizens’ First Amendment rights to free speech and assembly and encourages people to express their views and opinions, however this must be done lawfully. Every resident in this City has and deserves to have a voice in this conversation. Since the inception of the Consent Decree, the Cleveland Division of Police has made strides toward compliance with the revision of existing policies and the implementation of new ones. We recognize that although progress has been made, additional growth still needs to take place.
City of Cleveland Held Tuesday Press Conference
Mayor Frank G. Jackson, Public Safety Director Karrie Howard and Police Chief Calvin Williams held a press conference on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 regarding Public Safety. To view the press conference, click here.
Join Us to Watch Virtual Police Promotions on Thursday, April 22 at 1 p.m.
Mayor Frank G. Jackson will administer the oath of office to members of the Division of Police, promoting them in rank on Thursday, April 22 at 1 p.m. To comply with social distancing and mass gathering regulations, this event is closed to the public. Residents can tune in on the City of Cleveland’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CityofCleveland where the event will be livestreamed.
City of Cleveland Weather Update
The City of Cleveland remains prepared for changing weather conditions. The Division of Streets is staffed 24 hours a day with workers monitoring the Automated Vehicle Locator system, which allows the city to track its fleets and be more efficient in the systematic snow removal operations. In anticipation of inclement weather conditions, the City plans to have 30 plows clearing roads overnight and 30 plows clearing roads in the morning on Wednesday, April 22. In addition, the Division of Streets has 24,000 tons of salt in its supply.
Here are some important tips to keep in mind.
- CodeRED: Sign up for CodeRED or to install the free app on the Apple or Google Play stores to stay informed of emergencies. It is simple and easy to access. Click on this link and follow the instructions to subscribe by email.
- Check Emergency Supply Kits: Check on your own supplies and take some time to check on your neighbors and the elderly. Ensure that all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home are working properly.
- Take personal precautions and check on the vulnerable: Many injuries result from falls on ice-covered surfaces. Keep steps and walkways clean and free of ice. Infants and the elderly are most at risk for cold-related illness. Keep in touch with elderly or at-risk neighbors or relatives, making sure they are safe and that their homes are adequately heated.
- Dress appropriately in the cold: Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs. Keep dry and change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. If you suspect hypothermia or frostbite, call 911 immediately.
- Pay attention to snow parking bans: If snow accumulation exceeds 2 inches or more, a Snow Emergency Parking Ban may be enacted. Anyone who fails to comply will be ticketed and towed.
- Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather: Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water. Don’t forget or skip planning and preparing for your animals! For concerns about pets outside in extreme weather, please call 216-664-3069.
City Makes Strategic Capital Investments Near Opportunity Corridor
The City of Cleveland is making strategic public safety capital investments in and around the Opportunity Corridor neighborhood. Together, these projects help embody the City’s commitment to providing a variety of beneficial public safety enhancements in the area. The strategic locations can also help encourage future investments that benefit the social and economic well-being of the neighborhood. In total, these projects represent an estimated. View an image of a map highlighting the projects.
“These capital investments will help transform the delivery of services in the City of Cleveland now and years into the future.” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “Through these and other significant investments in the Division, we are creating the infrastructure to reduce crime while being more open and accessible to the community. Additionally, the location of these investments help lay the groundwork for additional public and private investments in the area.”
Three of the upcoming Public Safety projects include:
- New Cleveland Division of Police Headquarters Campus at The Opportunity Corridor/East 75th Street: In late 2019, the City of Cleveland announced the police headquarters as the first major project in the Opportunity Corridor. This new headquarters campus is intended to consolidate CDP Administrative functions into a single location as well as catalyze general investment within the Opportunity Corridor.
The new Public Safety Campus is part of Mayor Jackson’s vision to move the delivery of Public Safety services into the future by allowing for the full integration of advanced Public Safety technology and capabilities. This new facility, along with other enhanced Public Safety services components, will serve to reduce crime, increase service delivery, modernize operations and capabilities, and provide greater access and involvement with the community. It will be home to an estimated 650-700 full-time Public Safety employees. The project is expected to begin in 2021.
- New Fire Station 26 at Kinsman/East 90thStreet: The Cleveland Division of Fire is merging Fire Stations 26 and 41 into a single, new firehouse to be located on a currently vacant site. The new site was carefully selected to ensure fire safety and EMS services for the vicinity. Designed to prioritize firefighter health and safety, this 16,500 square-foot building will house two fire engines and an EMS unit, as well as a separate community room for neighborhood use. Forming a “gateway” to the important Kinsman/East 93rd Street intersection, this investment will support the ongoing neighborhood redevelopment efforts in the vicinity as well as provide a welcoming, 24-hour public safety presence in the area. The project is expected to begin construction in 2022. The estimated hard costs for the station is $8.3 million.
- New Cleveland Mounted Police Stables at Thackeray Avenue and East 59th Street: The Mounted Unit, vacating its obsolete, longtime facility to make way for future improvements to Interstate 90, is planning their new home just off the East 55th Street Corridor. Centrally located within riding distance of both downtown and University Circle, this 6.5-acre site was selected to accommodate the extensive indoor and outdoor areas required for an equestrian facility. Incorporating current best practices for maintenance, ventilation, and drainage will ensure that the design promotes the health and safety of the Mounted Unit horses, officers, and the neighborhood, while bringing the beauty of these animals to Cleveland’s residents.
In connection with its primary function as a new home for the Mounted Unit, the new stables presents an array of potential opportunities for community engagement in conjunction with the Unit’s public safety mission. The preliminary program includes:
- A park at the Visitor entrance to the facility with views to the outdoor training areas.
- An indoor arena for CMP horse training and exercise.
- A multi-purpose community room, with views into the indoor arena, available for neighborhood and CMP use and programming.
- A large paddock/pasture area, a portion of which can be used as an arena, where the horses will be visible from the neighborhood streets and CMP outdoor events can be held.
Currently in programming and design, the New CMP Stables is anticipated to begin construction in 2022. The estimated hard costs for the stables is $7 million.
The Mounted Unit Stables Project process will include engaging community members and stakeholders as part of the Cleveland Division of Police’s commitment to serving the community. Upcoming socially-distanced, safely managed outdoor events will ensure that everyone interested in the development of this facility has the opportunity to learn about the project, have their questions answered, and provide input. Meeting the officers and their horses in person will provide the ideal way for the Mounted Unit to demonstrate their mission: to continue engaging with residents and promote safety in Cleveland’s neighborhoods through the beauty of horses.
In addition to the above Public Safety Investments, the City is also investing $835,000 to update Division of Fire facilities to be more gender-inclusive.
The city’s public safety investments in and around the Opportunity Corridor strongly complement the mayor’s Neighborhood Transformation Initiative (NTI). The goal of NTI is to invest in disadvantaged neighborhoods just outside growth zones and encourage the private market to return to these areas without the need of public incentives. The new facilities provide a significant public sector investment to potentially kickstart private investment and provide momentum for additional construction.
For more information on these and other investments in the neighborhood, visit www.clecityhall.com and search the tags: stables; mounted police unit; division of safety; police headquarters
Other Important Reminders
City of Cleveland Municipal (Muni) Parking Lot to Close April 27 – April 30
In preparation for the 2021 NFL Draft, the City of Cleveland Muni Lot will be closed for monthly and transient parking beginning Tuesday, April 27 through Friday, April 30. Customer parking will resume on Monday, May 3 after the event concludes.
Parking will be available in the Willard Park Garage located at 600 Lakeside Ave. (next to City Hall). Monthly parkers can present their Municipal parking pass to attendants to receive a ticket for free parking.
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; email to Dr. Price at MPrice@city.cleveland.oh.us; 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 City of Cleveland Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Centers.
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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