City of Cleveland Daily News Updates – #357

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 April 29, 2021 extending the City’s Proclamation of Civil Emergency through May 31, 2021. Click here to view the order. Essential services such as Police, Fire, EMS, waste collection and Utilities will remain operational.

City of Cleveland to Hold Press Conference on Fiscal and Budgetary Stability, Recovery from the Impact of the Pandemic and Positioning Cleveland for the Future  

Mayor Frank G. Jackson and members of his administration will hold a press conference on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 11 a.m. regarding fiscal and budgetary stability, recovery from the impact of the pandemic and positioning Cleveland for the future.  

The press conference will be livestreamed to the City of Cleveland Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CityofCleveland.

Journalists may email their questions by 10 a.m. on May 13 ​to covid19media@clevelandohio.gov. After 10 a.m. on May 13 media may type their questions in the comments of the Facebook Live video. We ask that reporters identify their media outlet along with their questions. We will also take questions from residents as time allows.

City of Cleveland Announces Departure of Director of Mayor’s Office of Equal Opportunity

The City of Cleveland announces that the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Equal Opportunity, Melissa K. Burrows, Ph.D., has accepted a new position outside the City. Her last day with the City of Cleveland will be May 31, 2021.

“I want to thank Dr. Burrows for her work as the Director of the Mayors’ Office of Equal Opportunity and congratulate her on her future endeavors,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “ As a member of my administration, her direction and guidance have helped support my vision for Cleveland.      

Dr. Burrowshas served in the Jackson Administration as the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity since October 2014.  As Director, she has been responsible for monitoring and enforcing Codified Ordinances as a way of promoting equity and inclusion efforts through compliance to goals and promoting “Self Help.” 

Major functions of the office include: certifying businesses as local, minority, or female-owned; evaluating City contracts related to use of minority and female businesses, employees, and local companies; determining goals and requirements for city contracts; monitoring of contractor’s compliance with various contract requirements; training on information for contractors and potential contractors; investigating and imposing penalties for failure to comply with the office’s programs; providing technical support for target businesses and outreach

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to Hold a COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) will be collaborating with the Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) to hold a COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic May 19- May 20 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. for both staff and members of the public. Airport staff, stakeholders and their family members can receive the Moderna vaccine at CLE’s FSS Building located at 5301 W Hangar Rd. Passengers and members of the public can receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the Main Terminal at CLE on the RTA level. It will take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete the vaccination process. For additional vaccine information visit clevelandhealth.news/covid19-vaccine. To schedule a vaccination appointment, contact the City of Cleveland COVID-19 Vaccination Call Center at (216) 664-2222 or visit https://cocvaccine.timetap.com/#/.  Walk-ins Welcome.

Other Important Reminders

City of Cleveland Distributes COVID-19 Vaccines

Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) will be distributing COVID-19 vaccines to students, parents and community members ages 16 and up. Walk-ins are welcome or click here to register or call the CDPH at (216) 664-2222, Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

View the distribution dates below:

  • Saturday, May 15 at Bethany Christian Church at 3940 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 15 at Urban Kutz Barbershop at 4491 Pearl Rd. from Noon to 4:30 p.m.

Application Deadline Extended for CMSD Board Appointment

Mayor Frank G. Jackson has announced that the application deadline has been extended from now until Monday, May 17, 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 17, 2021.

To obtain an application please visit www.city.cleveland.oh.uswww.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.

·         Click here to obtain an English language application

·         Click here to obtain a Spanish language application 

Crime Stoppers Offering Double Cash-Rewards for Solving Violent Crimes

Murders and other crimes of violence involving a firearm have drastically increased in Cuyahoga County the past year. Crime Stoppers Chairman Dr. Rustom Khouri today announced that the Crime Stoppers Board of Directors has approved an increase in their reward payments for information on violent crimes. Crime Stoppers will now pay anonymous tipsters rewards up to $5,000 for tip information on Murders and violent crimes involving a firearm.

Crime Stoppers recognizes that Homicides, Drive-by-Shootings, and Car-Jacking’s are increasing at an alarming rate in Cuyahoga County. Crime Stoppers is hoping that an increase in reward money will encourage more people to provide information that will aide law enforcement in identifying and prosecuting violent criminals.

The Cleveland Division of Police greatly appreciates the hard work done by Crimestoppers of Cuyahoga County, Inc. each day. It is our hope that the increase in the reward monies offered will encourage more people to come through with information for our investigators. 

Crime Stoppers of Cuyahoga County operates under the direction of the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department. Crime Stoppers assists all local and federal law enforcement agencies in Cuyahoga County. Crime Stoppers receives several hundred anonymous tips each year that result in the identity and prosecution of violent offenders.  

Anonymous Tips can be called-in directly to the TIP-LINE at 216-25CRIME (252-7463) or sent electronically at www.25crime.com.

Crime Stoppers Media Contacts:

·         John Minek (216) 443-7234

·         Richard McIntosh (216) 443-7234

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.

Click here to view Outdoor Dining and Public Space Typologies.

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:

Cleveland Plan Progress Committee Refresh Retreat

May 20at 12 p.m. via Zoom

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Meeting ID: 825 4024 5006

Passcode: 137013

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Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kBfOI1xKS

Charter Review Committee

May 26at 2 p.m. via Zoom

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Meeting ID: 936 7270 3571

Passcode: 126450

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Cleveland Transformation Alliance Board Meeting

June 14th at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom

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Meeting ID: 989 1022 3903

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Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/ar8lXuDyE

CodeRED

Sign up for CodeRED alerts to receive calls and emails with important info regarding the coronavirus. To sign up online, visit https://bit.ly/CLECodeRED. Get mobile alerts by downloading the CodeRED app via the Apple or Google Play stores. Seniors who need assistance signing up are welcome to call the Department of Aging at (216) 664-4383 for periodic phone call messaging.

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/