City of Cleveland Daily News Updates - #300

Thursday, February 25, 2021

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 Feb. 24, 2021 extending the City’s Proclamation of Civil Emergency through March 31, 2021Click here to view the order. Essential services such as Police, Fire, EMS, waste collection and Utilities will remain operational. 

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Update on CARES Act Funding

The airport is grateful for the assistance from the Federal CARES Act, however, the money received did not cover all revenue losses due to decreased passenger volumes. The federal funds were apportioned by formula based on 2019 enplanements and airport outstanding debt.  This was the process used for all US airports.  The formula was not based on how much each airport failed to receive from standard airport activities.

The money received by Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) and Burke Lakefront Airport (BKL) paid for portions of 2020 debt service and payroll expenses.  CLE’s master lease with the signatory airlines serving Cleveland is residual (airlines assume the risk).  Whatever money the airport does not receive in revenue, must be charged to the airlines to sustain the airport.  Each year, the airport and airlines ‘zero out’ revenues and expenses.  The airport cannot speak for the airlines and how their CARES Act money was utilized.

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Passenger Travel Data
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE), like other airports worldwide, has had a dramatic drop in air service and travelers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Concerns over health and safety, as well as quarantines, coupled with many businesses cancelling travel and leisure travelers staying home, have impacted flights.

We are currently averaging 6,309 passengers in the past seven days, compared with the 314 passengers we reported in April 2020. Click here to view regularly updated numbers on airport travel on the Hopkins website.

City Issues Discipline for Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Employee

On January 14, 2021 TSA notified City operations of Abdul-Malik Ali, a City of Cleveland employee, exiting out of Port Control doors specifically used for performing business related functions. TSA advised him to use the public entrance of the airport and to go through TSA screening.

As a result of this investigation Abdul-Malik Ali was suspended without pay for 5 days.

Click here to view the notice of pre-disciplinary conference.

Click here to view the letter of suspension. 

Small Business Administration (SBA) – Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans Update 

SBA has announced an additional portion of PPP funding to assist small businesses.  PPP loans are available to help keep businesses open during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  PPP Loans may be eligible for forgiveness if certain conditions are met:

  • Employee and compensation levels are maintained
  • Loan proceeds are spent on payroll costs and other expenses
  • At least 60% of proceeds are spent on payroll costs

President Biden has announced several changes to the program to make it more accessible:

  • Beginning February 24 and through March 10, only businesses with fewer than 20 employees are eligible to apply in order to ensure that the smallest businesses have access to this program.
  • Rules for sole proprietors, self-employed individuals and independent contractors have been modified to increase access for certain felony convictions.
  • Elimination of student loan debt delinquency as a disqualifier to PPP loans
  • Non-citizen small business owners may use Individual Tax Identification Numbers to apply for PPP.

Information about the program, including matching small businesses with area lenders, can be found at https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program

Other Important Reminders (Previous Announcements)

City of Cleveland Update on Daily COVID-19 Case Reporting

The City of Cleveland will distribute daily COVID-19 case numbers via social media each evening. Members of the media and the general public are encouraged to follow the City on Facebook and Twitter where daily case numbers will be publicized upon receipt. The daily round-up of news updates from the city will be shared at the end of the business day.

City of Cleveland Commemorates Black History Month with Series of Virtual Events

The 2021 City of Cleveland Black History Month celebration kicked off on Monday, February 1 with a virtual opening ceremony. This year’s theme, “Strengthening Black Families through the Quest for Equity and Equality,” celebrates the contributions and achievements made by residents and leaders in the Black community with a series of virtual events. All of these virtual events are free and open to the public.

“Each year, our Black History Month celebration serves to recognize Cleveland’s long-standing history of Black leadership and honor Black individuals who contribute to our city’s legacy of cultural diversity and equality,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “We continue this tradition by celebrating the men and women of the Black community who strive to make Cleveland a great place to live, work, play and do businesses, for our residents and their families.”

Some of the events, though virtual, offer Facebook Live viewers the opportunity to interact with panelists by asking questions in the comments. Click here to view a calendar of events. Please note that some events will be livestreamed to Facebook and some will be available to the public via WebEx, though registration is required via Eventbrite. To participate in Facebook events, visit the City of Cleveland Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CityofCleveland.

Students Invited to Apply for Mayor Frank G. Jackson Scholarship Program

The Mayor Frank G. Jackson Scholarship Program is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. The deadline to submit your application is March 28, 2021. To learn more and to apply, click here.

The Mayor Frank G. Jackson Scholarship Program was created by the City of Cleveland in 2007 to provide scholarship funds to the following individuals:

  1. City employees
  2. Dependents of City employees
  3. High school seniors graduating from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District
  4. High school seniors in the Youth Development Program or involved with the City of Cleveland Department of Recreation

The program provides scholarships of $1,000 per year for up to 4 years. Selected scholarship recipients must be a full-time (minimum 12 credit hours each term) student at a four-year, public or private, not-for-profit higher education institution.

Scholarships are renewable for up to three additional years from the first awarded academic year. To be eligible for renewal of the scholarship, students must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA and full-time status.

The City of Cleveland’s Mayor Frank G. Jackson Scholarship program is administered through College Now Greater Cleveland. For questions about the scholarship applications, please contact College Now at (216) 635-0324.

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:

CTA Executive Meeting

Feb. 26, 2021 at 4 p.m. via Zoom

Register in advance for this webinar:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_C7wveMryR4KC6qKn-Glo6A

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Finance Committee

March 11, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. via Microsoft Teams

Click here to join the meeting on your computer or mobile app.

Or call in (audio only): +1 216-815-0098,,707589369#   United States, Cleveland

Phone Conference ID: 707 589 369#

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Cleveland Transformation Alliance Board Meeting

March 15, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom

Register in advance for this webinar:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eq22wuvaSMyTS0x1dmgQkw

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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:

About the City of Cleveland

The City of Cleveland is committed to improving the quality of life of its residents by strengthening neighborhoods, delivering superior services, embracing diversity and making Cleveland a desirable, safe city in which to live, work, play, and do business. For more information on the City of Cleveland, visit online at www.clevelandohio.gov, Twitter at @cityofcleveland, Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofcleveland, or on our blog at clecityhall.com.

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