Mayor Jackson Swears-In Two Commissioner Level Positions

Today, Mayor Frank G. Jackson administered the Oath of Office to Jeffrey Brown as the new Commissioner of Motor Vehicle Maintenance for the Department of Public Works and to Alex Margevicius as the new Commissioner of Water for the Division of Water. Both Commissioners have previously served as the Interim Commissioner for their respective positions.

Jeffrey Brown was sworn-in today as the new Commissioner of Motor Vehicle Maintenance for the Department of Public Works. Commissioner Brown has been employed with the City of Cleveland for almost 20 years and most recently has served as Interim Commissioner of Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Assistant Commissioner of Motor Vehicle Maintenance.

Among his various charges, Commissioner Brown has been responsible for supervising and coordinating city fleet management activities, establishing and monitoring equipment replacement schedules, analyzing bids, developing specifications, establishing and enforcing vehicle operating policies and replacement schedules, maintaining equipment, vehicle, fuel, and hazardous material records and much more.

Commissioner Brown has over 30 years of motor vehicle maintenance experience and has attended Ohio Technical College where he obtained two Automotive Service Excellence certificates.

Alex Margevicius was sworn-in today as the new Commissioner of Water for the Cleveland Division of Water. Commissioner Margevicius began his tenure with the Cleveland Division of Water as a Civil Engineer in 1985 and was appointed as the Assistant Commissioner of Engineering for the Division in 1995 where he was responsible for coordinating all engineering and capital improvement projects.

Commissioner Margevicius has most recently served as the Interim Commissioner of Water for the Cleveland Division of Water where he helped the Division expand the Suburban Water Main Renewal Program, increasing the number of participating communities to 31 and the dollars awarded to $15 million per year.

Commissioner Margevicius is active in several professional organizations and he is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master’s of Science in Systems Engineering.

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Mayor Jackson swears in Robert L. Davis as new Director of Public Utilities

This week, Mayor Frank G. Jackson swore in Robert L. Davis as the Director of the Department of Public Utilities. Mr. Davis has more than 28 years of experience as a utility professional including spending the past 14 years as the Director of Utility Services for the City of Warren, Ohio.

“Mr. Davis has a strong background in the field of Public Utilities and overseeing critical infrastructure improvements,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “I am confident that his leadership and experience will create continuing success at the Department of Public Utilities.”

During his career, Mr. Davis has managed over $500 million dollars of capital improvement projects within water and sewer systems, oversaw upgrades to water pollution and distribution infrastructure, and has streamlined meter reading and collections processes.

Mr. Davis holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of West Virginia and a Class IV water license. He is the first African-American to be president of the Ohio section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the first and only African-American in the history of the City of Warren to hold the positions of Superintendent of Water and Director of Utility Services.

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City of Cleveland Hires Robert L. Davis as New Director of Public Utilities

On Monday, May 11, 2015, Frank G. Jackson will swear-in Robert L. Davis as the Director of the Department of Public Utilities. Mr. Davis has more than 28 years of experience as a utility professional including spending the past 14 years as the Director of Utility Services for the City of Warren, Ohio.

“Mr. Davis has a strong background in the field of Public Utilities and overseeing critical infrastructure improvements,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “I am confident that his leadership and experience will create continuing success at the Department of Public Utilities.”

During his career, Mr. Davis has managed over $500 million dollars of capital improvement projects within water and sewer systems, oversaw upgrades to water pollution and distribution infrastructure, and has streamlined meter reading and collections processes.

Mr. Davis holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of West Virginia and a Class IV water license. He is the first African-American to be president of the Ohio section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the first and only African-American in the history of the City of Warren to hold the positions of Superintendent of Water and Director of Utility Services.

Cleveland Water Crews Repairing Break in University Circle on East 120th Street

Cleveland Water is in the process of making repairs to a water main break located in the 1800 block of East 120th Street, in the University Circle area.  East 120th Street is closed from Mayfield Road to Euclid Avenue. The street will be closed until further notice.

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Pipe Repair crews are in the process of locating the valves along the 24 inch water main to determine where the break has occurred.  Once the water is shut off, and the break has been located, crews will begin to make repairs.   

Cleveland Water crews are working as quickly as possible to complete the repairs and restore service.  If any customer experiences a water emergency during this time, please call 216-664-3060.

 

City of Cleveland’s Final Winter Weather Update – January 29, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Cold temperatures are expected to continue throughout the afternoon and night, reaching as low as 5 degrees with windchills around -10 to -15 degrees. The City of Cleveland encourages everyone to limit their exposure to these conditions and dress in layers if traveling outdoors is necessary.

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Temperatures are expected to rise on Thursday and all City of Cleveland Departments and Divisions will return to normal operations. The City of Cleveland Emergency Operations Center will stand down as of 8:00 PM Wednesday, January 29, 2104.

The extreme weather is a good reminder to prepare yourself, your family and your home for future emergencies and inclement weather.  Take steps now before extreme weather strikes again! A little advanced planning goes a long way; and if worse comes to worst, you’ll be ready. Visit www.ready.gov for more information on emergency preparedness.

Updates:

  • Recreation Centers will close this evening at 8:00 PM and will resume regularly scheduled hours of operation from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM on Thursday, January 30. Those seeking additional assistance for heat and shelter issues should call 211 or visit www.211OH.org
  • There is a one-day delay in waste collection this week. If your normal collection day is Wednesday, your waste will be picked up on Thursday. If your normal collection day is Thursday, your waste will be picked up on Friday, etc.
  • If you experience plumbing issues with frozen or burst pipes, and it does not involve a burst water meter, you must hire your own plumber to make repairs. Unfortunately, Cleveland Water is not able to assist with such repairs in your home. Visit www.clevelandwater.com for more information.
  • For life-threatening situations, always dial 9-1-1. For general social, health and government service referrals – including emergency shelter and food assistance – please dial 2-1-1 for United Way or visit www.211OH.org.
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest information at www.city.cleveland.oh.us and clecityhall.com.

City of Cleveland Winter Weather Public Utilities Update – January 28, 2014 at 5 PM

Bitterly cold temperatures can lead to frozen pipes in the home and when temperatures rise, an increase in water main breaks. Cleveland’s Department of Public Utilities is continuing to monitor its systems and infrastructure and dispatch crews as necessary.

As always with the cold weather, water pipes are susceptible to freezing. Here are some tips to prevent frozen plumbing:

  1. Run a small stream of water through your pipes; a pencil-thin stream through a sink faucet should be enough.
  2. If you have the means to, provide some heat to the susceptible plumbing and/or insulate your water pipes.

Use these tips until temperatures are above 20⁰F for an extended period of time.

If your plumbing does freeze or burst, and it does not involve a burst water meter, you must hire your own certified plumber to make repairs. Unfortunately, Cleveland Water is not able to assist with such repairs in your home.

If freezing temperatures do cause a frozen water line on your property, take these two essential steps:

  • Find the master shut-off valve. Most likely it’s where the water line comes into the basement or crawl space from the street. If a pipe bursts anywhere in the house, this valve can turn off the water.
  • Contact a plumber or a private contractor to thaw your lines.

If you choose to thaw them yourself, here are some tips to help:

  • Apply heat in the general area by increasing the room temperature where the pipes are exposed (basement, crawlspace, recreation room).
  • Place a portable heater in the room(s).
  • Use a heating blanket/pad – available at most hardware or plumbing stores.

Do not stand in water while using electric appliances.

Stay safe and warm, and remember you can find these tips and more at www.clevelandwater.com.