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.
No Administrative Charges to be Filed Against Patrol Officer Jose Garcia
Today, Cleveland Police Chief Calvin D. Williams announced that no administrative charges will be filed against Cleveland Police Patrol Officer Jose Garcia who was involved in an off-duty shooting of Desmond Franklin, on April 9, 2020. The Ohio Attorney General’s Office presented the criminal case to a Cuyahoga County Grand Jury, which declined to bring criminal charges against Patrol Officer Garcia. A thorough administrative review of the incident was conducted by the Cleveland Division of Police Internal Affairs Unit. The findings of the investigation were presented to the Chief of Police. It was determined that Patrol Officer Jose Garcia did not violate any Cleveland Division of Police policies, rules or regulations.
Garcia, 29, was hired by the Cleveland Division of Police in 2015. He is currently assigned to the Second District.
City of Cleveland to Hold Cleveland Police Hiring Event, May 21-23 and 28-29
The City of Cleveland Division of Police is currently accepting applications for Police Officers, and will be holding a Hiring Event throughout May. This event will include an orientation where recruiters will discuss the application process, testing, the Personal History Statement (PHS), physical agility test, and key factors for success. View the dates, times and locations below:
- Friday, May 21 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Cleveland Police 2nd District, 3481 Fulton Rd
- Saturday, May 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cleveland Police 3rd District, 4501 Chester Ave
- Sunday, May 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cleveland Police 1st District, 3895 West 130th St
- Friday, May 28 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Cleveland Police 4th District, 9333 Kinsman Rd
- Saturday, May 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cleveland Police 5th District, 881 East 152nd St
Notice of Public Meeting to Appoint 4 New Cleveland Metropolitan School District School Board Members
On Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 5:30 p.m., Mayor Frank G. Jackson and the Nominating Panel of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District Board will convene via Webex to interview a slate of candidates to fill four vacancies of expired terms. Four candidates will be appointed. For access to the meeting, view the Webex information below:
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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:
- Friday, May 21 at Saint Ignatius High School at 1911 W. 30th St. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Saturday, May 22 at Central Catholic High School 6550 Baxter Ave. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The mass vaccination site at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center is also available for scheduling. To schedule an appointment at the Wolstein Center or at another vaccination site near you, visit https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.
Virtual Public Information Presentation: Lorain Avenue Rehabilitation and Bicycle Facilities
Mayor Frank G. Jackson, Ward 3 Councilman Kerry McCormack, Ward 15 Councilwoman Jenny Spencer, the Mayor’s Office of Capital Projects and the Division of Engineering and Construction invite you to participate in a Virtual Public Information Presentation regarding the Lorain Avenue Rehabilitation and Bicycle Facilities. This presentation will include conceptual plans and preliminary construction cost estimates for bicycle facilities along Lorain Avenue, from West 65th St. to West 20th St. To participate, visit www.LivingLorainCycling.com from May 24, 2021 to June 18, 2021.
Public input is wanted to finalize the type of bicycle facilities to be included in the road rehabilitation project. These are the choices:
- Sidewalk-level cycle-track from W. 44th to W. 20th
- Sidewalk-level multi-purpose trail
- Street-level dedicated bike lanes
- Combination or hybrid options
The rehabilitation project will also include pavement repair or replacement; new asphalt surface course; new walks and curb ramps to make pedestrian walkways compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); multi-modal transportation enhancements; drainage and utility replacements and improvements; new signage and pavement markings; and traffic signal upgrades.
Construction cost estimates vary depending on the type of bicycle facility. The construction schedule also varies depending on the selected bicycle facility since additional construction funding will be needed for some of the options.
To see the full flyer for this presentation, click here.
Dille Road Closure to Through Traffic
On Tuesday, May 25th, Cleveland Cliffs will be closing Dille Road between Independence Road and Broadway Avenue to all through traffic to complete a railroad crossing replacement project. Dille Road will remain closed to through traffic through Thursday, May 27th. Detour signage will be posted.
- Through traffic from Broadway Avenue will be diverted either North or South.
- All traffic from Independence Road will be diverted either North or South.
- Cleveland Cliffs employees that utilize the Dille Road parking lot will have access from Broadway Avenue.
This project consists of replacing the railroad track structure, ballast, crossing panels and pavement on 6’ of both sides of the crossing.
Road construction invariably presents hazards to the public. We urge all travelers to use caution in the construction zones. Your safety and the safety of our workers are our greatest concern. Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this important public improvement project.
City Announces Neighborhood Street Improvements in Ward 17
During the week of June 7, 2021, the City of Cleveland’s Residential Resurfacing Program will begin in Ward 17. Advance notice signs will be posted to advise the public of road improvements. The following streets will be resurfaced and completed by the end of June, 2021.
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One lane of traffic will be maintained for local traffic for the duration of each project and no detours are expected. Access to all businesses, residences and side streets will be maintained during construction. On-street parking will not be allowed during construction.
2021 Road Resurfacing Project Description:
- This work represents an investment of $12 million in the City’s Residential Roadways.
- With the completion of the Pavement Management Study in 2017 and the continued evaluation of the City’s roadway network, the City has a grading system that allows streets in the greatest need of resurfacing to be selected for repair. The City is using the ‘worst first’ approaches for road resurfacing.
For questions, contact the City’s Administrative Manager, Mrs. 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.
Cleveland Land Bank Web Map Viewer Now Available
The City of Cleveland Land Reutilization Program (aka Land Bank) is one of five legacy land banks in the United States, and was established in 1976 to foster the return of nonproductive land in the City of Cleveland to productive reuse. The program aims to contribute to the economic, social, and environmental betterment of the City of Cleveland by transferring abandoned property into the hands of responsible parties committed to restoring it.
The City of Cleveland Land Bank has over 13,000 vacant parcels that are available for public sale as sites for new home constructions or as side yards for existing homeowners. As the inventory of Cleveland Land Bank lots has grown in recent years, public interest in acquiring and developing those properties has increased. The Department of Community Development is launching a public website to improve customer service by highlighting the availability of the City’s Land Bank inventory and providing an online tool for submitting applications to acquire Land Bank property. To view the website, click here.
This website has been developed in collaboration with The City of Cleveland’s CD GIS Team and the Cleveland GIS team. The web map will improve customer service for parties seeking to acquire and redevelop vacant lots owned by the City of Cleveland Land Bank, and increase the operational efficiency of city staff. The public can access the location of Cleveland Land Bank’s available parcels on this web map along with property information from a link to online County records. This map will be updated every two weeks, the second Monday and the fourth Monday of each month. The map viewer includes a user-friendly online application submission tool to streamline the process for submitting Land Bank applications. Also, the map includes layers that identify CDC service areas, Wards, Cleveland neighborhood boundaries, and possible large lot / small lot configurations.
For more information about the Cleveland Land Bank program, you may leave a message at (216) 664-4126 or send an email to CD-DND@city.cleveland.oh.us.
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 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:
Charter Review Committee
May 26at 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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Previous COVID-19 Updates from the City of Cleveland
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