City of Cleveland Daily News Updates – #358

 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.

Mayor Jackson Swears in Staff in Various City Departments as Part of Transition

As part of the transition to end his term, Mayor Frank G. Jackson swore in several City of Cleveland staff to interim positions and finalized appointments for commissioners on Thursday, May 6. The interim positions allow the next mayor to more easily determine those persons whom will actually hold the permanent positions as they begin to build the new administration. View below for the list of individuals sworn-in and their new titles:

DavidEbersoleInterim Director, Dept. of Economic Development.5/6/2021
Samuel C.GissentanerCommissioner, Division of Recreation, Public Works5/6/2021
RandellScottCommissioner, Division of Streets, Public Works5/6/2021
Jason A.WoodInterim Chief, Sustainability5/6/2021
AyonnaBlueInterim Director, Department of Building & Housing5/6/2021
MichaelSprengInterim Secretary, Civil Ser. Comm. & Member of Civil Service Comm.5/6/2021
KimJohnsonCommissioner, Division of Parking, Public Works5/6/2021
MatthewSpronzInterim Director, Mayor’s Office of Capital Projects5/6/2021
Sabra T.ScottInterim Director, Office of Quality Control & Performance Mgmt.5/6/2021
Grady L.StevensonInterim Executive Director, Community Relations Board5/6/2021
MaryMcNamaraInterim Director, Dept. of Aging & Executive Commissioner, Public Safety5/6/2021
SusieClaytorExecutive Commissioner, Public Auditorium & West Side Market5/6/2021
FreddyCollier, Jr.Interim Director, City Planning Commission5/6/2021
GeorgeCoulterExecutive Commissioner, Public Safety5/6/2021
AqueelahJordonInterim Chief Assistant Prosecutor& Executive Commissioner, Public Safety5/6/2021
Karrie D.HowardInterim Director, Dept. of Public Safety & Executive Commissioner Public Safety5/6/2021
Martin J.KeaneInterim Director, Public Utilities & Executive Commissioner Public Utilities5/6/2021

Click here to view photos of the swearing in ceremonies.

Mayor Jackson Announces City’s Plan to Leverage $511 Million Federal Relief Package

Mayor Frank G. Jackson today held a press conference announcing the City of Cleveland’s strategy to leverage the $511 million the city will receive from the federal government’s $1.9 trillion COVID relief package. The city’s approach supports fiscal and budgetary stability, recovery from the impact of the pandemic and highlights ways to position Cleveland for the future.  View today’s Facebook Live press conferenceView the presentation and a summary of the objectives

“We measure success by whether we have created prosperity and quality of life that all can share in,” said Mayor Jackson. “We will leverage these dollars and enter into conversations with the private sector to develop investment tools that ensure revenue for financial stability, ongoing recovery and that all will participate in the prosperity we have created.”

President Biden’s American Rescue Recovery Plan (ARRP) lays out a path to help cities assist, invest and advance equity through the lens of opportunity. Governments can use the money within the parameters provided by the Department of Treasury for things such as coronavirus mitigation, rehiring employees, aiding households, helping small businesses and more.

The city intends to:

1.    Ensure financial and budgetary stability to recover – this money will allow the city to recover the cost incurred as a result of the pandemic and well as lost revenue. The City will use this source of revenue to deal with prior expenses, as well as current and projected revenue loss.

2.    Economic Recovery – these funds willassist people, primarily small and medium sized businesses impacted by the pandemic. The city aims to invest those dollars strategically to help those businesses and ensure that Cleveland is positioned for the future. 

3.    Ensure that we can sustain the investment – Cleveland should be able to sustain the initiatives and the market values after the money has been allotted. The city wants to ensure a better outcome for all Clevelanders through the strategic investment of the private sector.

“We have done a lot of work positioning this city and being competitive; there are a lot of strategic plans that will help position Cleveland for the future,” said Mayor Jackson. “These dollars are coming at a time that will help us connect the dots.”

Center Street Swing Bridge Closure

The Center Road Swing Bridge over the Cuyahoga River will be closed to vehicle traffic on Monday May 17, 2021 starting at 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The closure is necessary for the preparation of the 2021 Center Street Bridge rehabilitation project.

Alternative Routes – The alternative route while the inspection is being conducted are from Columbus Road, to Franklin Avenue, to West 25th Street and then onto Main Avenue.

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; 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 and 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 

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 See details for upcoming meetings below:

Cleveland Plan Progress Committee Refresh Retreat

May 20 at 12 p.m. via Zoom

Meeting ID: 825 4024 5006

Passcode: 137013

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Charter Review Committee

May 26 at 2 p.m. via Zoom

Meeting ID: 936 7270 3571

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Cleveland Transformation Alliance Board Meeting

June 14th at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom

Meeting ID: 989 1022 3903

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