City of Cleveland Daily News Updates - #335

Tuesday, April 13, 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 March 31, 2021 extending the City’s Proclamation of Civil Emergency through April 30, 2021. Click here to view the order. Essential services such as Police, Fire, EMS, waste collection and Utilities will remain operational.

City of Cleveland Update on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Suspension

The City of Cleveland, following Governor Mike Dewine’s recommendation, has suspended administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The City has fewer than 400 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. We await direction from the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to handle remaining doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

In the meantime, the Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) will continue to administer the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines and encourages all Clevelanders to get the vaccine. CDPH has two upcoming vaccination dates open to all Clevelanders 18 years and older:

  • Friday, April 16 at Thurgood Marshall Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Center at 8611 Hough Ave. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 17 at Cudell Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Center at 1910 West Blvd. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Appointments are required. Online registration is available at https://clecovidvaccine.timetap.com. Phone registration is available by calling 216-664-2222 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Two Officers Receive Written Reprimands for Policy Violations in December, 2019 Vehicle Pursuit

Patrol Officer Felicia Doss and Patrol Officer Dustin Miller each received written reprimands for policy violations during the December 20, 2019 vehicle pursuit. The attached reprimands were issued on March 30, 2021. 

According to the Office of Professional Standards Operating Manual and Procedures, Section 305 Page 16:

COMPLAINTS OTHERWISE INVESTIGATED BY CDP. If, upon receipt of a complaint, OPS determines that CDP has already initiated an investigation into the incident, OPS will defer its investigation until the completion of the CDP investigation.

In this instance, the Office of Professional Standards conducted an investigation prior to the completion of the Cleveland Division of Police internal investigation.  As discipline in this case has been issued, further discipline cannot be rendered.

Click here to view the disciplinary letter for Patrol Officer Felicia Doss.

Click here to view the disciplinary letter for Patrol Officer Dustin Miller.

Virtual Public Information Presentation for Center Street Swing Bridge Project

Mayor Frank G. Jackson, Council Member Kerry McCormack and City of Cleveland staff invite you to participate in the Virtual Public Information Presentation of the Center Street Swing Bridge Rehabilitation Project.

The presentation will be made Thursday, April 22, 2021 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the upcoming Center Street Swing Bridge Rehabilitation Project, including maintenance of traffic provisions.

This presentation can be accessed via Webex using the information below:

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Construction is scheduled to begin May, 2021 and will be completed in July, 2022.  The bridge will be closed to traffic during the construction. The proposed improvements include

  • Paint entire bridge and railings
  • Replacement of structural steel as needed
  • Relocation of the stairs to the operator building to increase sidewalk width
  • New roadway grid deck and new sidewalk fiberglass grid deck
  • Electrical and mechanical repairs, including new traffic warning gates.
  • Installation of new pedestrian lighting

Click here to view the flyer for the meeting.

City of Cleveland Board of Control Holds Weekly Virtual Meeting

The City of Cleveland Board of Control meets every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.  The current agenda is available here. Meeting minutes are published in the City Record  

Under the conditions specified by law, a WebEx session will be used to facilitate and record the meetings and the meetings will be live streamed on YouTube.

Anyone wishing to address the Board on any agenda item may do so with the permission of the Board, but in no case, shall the address exceed five minutes in duration unless additional time is allowed by the Board.  We ask individuals who wish to address the Board on an agenda item to contact the Department of Law by email or phone (email is preferred).  Individuals not seeking to address the Board during the WebEx session are encouraged to view one of the live streams.

To contact the Department of Law and request access to the WebEx session to seek permission to address the Board, please email smelnyk@city.cleveland.oh.us or call (216) 664-3078.  Please also include the agenda item you wish to address when requesting access to the WebEx session.

View the link for the April 14 meeting: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7WhRYcy4V9iR157sWnRFTg

City of Cleveland Releases CDPH COVID-19 Non-Compliance Report

CDPH continues to monitor COVID-19 non-compliance complaints. Since Jan. 1, 2021 through April 13, 2021, CDPH has received 38 COVID-19 non-compliance complaints. This year, CDPH has received 7 mass gathering non-compliance allegations, 17 mask non-compliance allegations and 6 social distancing non-compliance allegations in the City of Cleveland. To view and download CDPH’s COVID-19 non-compliance report, click here.

Other Important Reminders

Cleveland Department of Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Update

The Cleveland Department of Public Health has released a COVID-19 update for the week of March 28 to April 3. To view the update, click here. To view the COVID-19 watch report, click here.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine Announces Amended Health Order

On April 9, 2021, Governor Mike DeWine announced that Ohio Department of Health Director Stephanie McCloud signed an amended health order to provide clarity regarding religious exemptions, spacing in restaurants and K-12 facial coverings. View the amended Order for Social Distancing, Facial Coverings, and Non-Congregating here.

City of Cleveland Board of Control Issues Resolution for NFL Draft Vendors

As the City of Cleveland prepares to host the NFL Draft from April 29, 2021 – May 1, 2021, vendors should be advised of required regulations and Codified Ordinances within the City. Click here to read the resolution.

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 Seeks Applicants for CMSD Board Appointment

Mayor Frank G. Jackson has announced that applications will be accepted from now until Monday, May 3, 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 or drop off applications at City Hall. Applications must be turned in by close of business Monday, May 3, 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 branches of the Cleveland Public Library and City of Cleveland Recreation Centers.

RTA and Civic Partners Provide Free Ride to Vaccination Centers
The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is partnering with Cuyahoga County and the City of Cleveland to provide All Day passes good for a free ride on bus, rail and paratransit to the Wolstein Center and vaccination sites throughout the county. Read the full release here.

Mayor Frank G. Jackson Announces Return of the Exterior Paint Program

The City of Cleveland invites residents to take advantage of its 2021 Exterior Paint Program. Applications must be received by April 30, 2021.

The Exterior Paint Program provides paint and materials to homeowners who wish to paint the exterior of their homes. Labor is not included. The goal for 2021 is 500 homes with a total allocation of $500,000 for the program.

“The goal of this program is to help residents protect their home investments, improve housing stock in our neighborhoods and create a better, more equitable quality of life,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson.

Homeowners, as well as tenants, who meet income guidelines, are welcome to apply for the program. Funds cover the cost of up to $1,500 for owner occupants or up to $750 for tenants in paint and materials, though restrictions do apply. Inspections of the property must also be conducted. Applications must be received by April 30, 2021 and the painting must be completed by October 31, 2021.

The Department of Community Development’s Division of Neighborhood Services administers services on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested Cleveland residents can obtain applications by calling (216) 664-2045.

Exterior Paint Program Income Guidelines


FAMILY SIZE INCOME LEVEL FAMILY SIZE INCOME LEVEL
1 $51,600 5 $79,600
2 $59,000 6 $85,500
3 $66,350 7 $91,400
4 $73,700 8 $97,300

Governor Dewine Announces Guidance to Vaccine Providers on Phase 1c and Phase 2

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:

Finance Committee Meeting

Thursday, April 22 at 8:30 a.m. via Microsoft Teams

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Cleveland Plan Progress Committee Refresh Retreat

Friday, April 23, 2021 at 1 p.m. via Zoom

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Cleveland Transformation Alliance Board Meeting

Monday, April 26 at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom

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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

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About the City of Cleveland

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