City of Cleveland Daily News Updates - #340

Tuesday, April 20, 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.

Statement from City of Cleveland

The verdict in the trial of ex-Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin has been announced. We continue to hope and pray for the family of George Floyd and his loved ones. The City of Cleveland supports citizens’ First Amendment rights to free speech and assembly and encourages people to express their views and opinions, however this must be done lawfully. Every resident in this City has and deserves to have a voice in this conversation. Since the inception of the Consent Decree, the Cleveland Division of Police has made strides toward compliance with the revision of existing policies and the implementation of new ones. We recognize that although progress has been made, additional growth still needs to take place.

City of Cleveland Held Tuesday Press Conference
Mayor Frank G. Jackson, Public Safety Director Karrie Howard and Police Chief Calvin Williams held a press conference on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 regarding Public Safety. To view the press conference, click here.

Join Us to Watch Virtual Police Promotions on Thursday, April 22 at 1 p.m.

Mayor Frank G. Jackson will administer the oath of office to members of the Division of Police, promoting them in rank on Thursday, April 22 at 1 p.m. To comply with social distancing and mass gathering regulations, this event is closed to the public. Residents can tune in on the City of Cleveland’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CityofCleveland where the event will be livestreamed.

City of Cleveland Weather Update

The City of Cleveland remains prepared for changing weather conditions. The Division of Streets is staffed 24 hours a day with workers monitoring the Automated Vehicle Locator system, which allows the city to track its fleets and be more efficient in the systematic snow removal operations. In anticipation of inclement weather conditions, the City plans to have 30 plows clearing roads overnight and 30 plows clearing roads in the morning on Wednesday, April 22. In addition, the Division of Streets has 24,000 tons of salt in its supply.

Here are some important tips to keep in mind.

  • CodeRED: Sign up for CodeRED or to install the free app on the Apple or Google Play stores to stay informed of emergencies. It is simple and easy to access. Click on this link and follow the instructions to subscribe by email.
  • Check Emergency Supply Kits: Check on your own supplies and take some time to check on your neighbors and the elderly. Ensure that all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home are working properly.
  • Take personal precautions and check on the vulnerable: Many injuries result from falls on ice-covered surfaces. Keep steps and walkways clean and free of ice. Infants and the elderly are most at risk for cold-related illness. Keep in touch with elderly or at-risk neighbors or relatives, making sure they are safe and that their homes are adequately heated.
  • Dress appropriately in the cold:  Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs. Keep dry and change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. If you suspect hypothermia or frostbite, call 911 immediately.
  • Pay attention to snow parking bans: If snow accumulation exceeds 2 inches or more, a Snow Emergency Parking Ban may be enacted. Anyone who fails to comply will be ticketed and towed.
  • Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather: Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water. Don’t forget or skip planning and preparing for your animals! For concerns about pets outside in extreme weather, please call 216-664-3069.

City Makes Strategic Capital Investments Near Opportunity Corridor

The City of Cleveland is making strategic public safety capital investments in and around the Opportunity Corridor neighborhood. Together, these projects help embody the City’s commitment to providing a variety of beneficial public safety enhancements in the area. The strategic locations can also help encourage future investments that benefit the social and economic well-being of the neighborhood. In total, these projects represent an estimated. View an image of a map highlighting the projects.

“These capital investments will help transform the delivery of services in the City of Cleveland now and years into the future.” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “Through these and other significant investments in the Division, we are creating the infrastructure to reduce crime while being more open and accessible to the community. Additionally, the location of these investments help lay the groundwork for additional public and private investments in the area.”

Three of the upcoming Public Safety projects include:

  • New Cleveland Division of Police Headquarters Campus at The Opportunity Corridor/East 75th Street:  In late 2019, the City of Cleveland announced the police headquarters as the first major project in the Opportunity Corridor. This new headquarters campus is intended to consolidate CDP Administrative functions into a single location as well as catalyze general investment within the Opportunity Corridor.

The new Public Safety Campus is part of Mayor Jackson’s vision to move the delivery of Public Safety services into the future by allowing for the full integration of advanced Public Safety technology and capabilities. This new facility, along with other enhanced Public Safety services components, will serve to reduce crime, increase service delivery, modernize operations and capabilities, and provide greater access and involvement with the community. It will be home to an estimated 650-700 full-time Public Safety employees. The project is expected to begin in 2021.

  • New Fire Station 26 at Kinsman/East 90thStreet: The Cleveland Division of Fire is merging Fire Stations 26 and 41 into a single, new firehouse to be located on a currently vacant site. The new site was carefully selected to ensure fire safety and EMS services for the vicinity. Designed to prioritize firefighter health and safety, this 16,500 square-foot building will house two fire engines and an EMS unit, as well as a separate community room for neighborhood use. Forming a “gateway” to the important Kinsman/East 93rd Street intersection, this investment will support the ongoing neighborhood redevelopment efforts in the vicinity as well as provide a welcoming, 24-hour public safety presence in the area. The project is expected to begin construction in 2022. The estimated hard costs for the station is $8.3 million.
  • New Cleveland Mounted Police Stables at Thackeray Avenue and East 59th Street: The Mounted Unit, vacating its obsolete, longtime facility to make way for future improvements to Interstate 90, is planning their new home just off the East 55th Street Corridor. Centrally located within riding distance of both downtown and University Circle, this 6.5-acre site was selected to accommodate the extensive indoor and outdoor areas required for an equestrian facility. Incorporating current best practices for maintenance, ventilation, and drainage will ensure that the design promotes the health and safety of the Mounted Unit horses, officers, and the neighborhood, while bringing the beauty of these animals to Cleveland’s residents.

In connection with its primary function as a new home for the Mounted Unit, the new stables presents an array of potential opportunities for community engagement in conjunction with the Unit’s public safety mission. The preliminary program includes:

  • A park at the Visitor entrance to the facility with views to the outdoor training areas.
  • An indoor arena for CMP horse training and exercise.
  • A multi-purpose community room, with views into the indoor arena, available for neighborhood and CMP use and programming.
  • A large paddock/pasture area, a portion of which can be used as an arena, where the horses will be visible from the neighborhood streets and CMP outdoor events can be held.

Currently in programming and design, the New CMP Stables is anticipated to begin construction in 2022. The estimated hard costs for the stables is $7 million.

The Mounted Unit Stables Project process will include engaging community members and stakeholders as part of the Cleveland Division of Police’s commitment to serving the community. Upcoming socially-distanced, safely managed outdoor events will ensure that everyone interested in the development of this facility has the opportunity to learn about the project, have their questions answered, and provide input. Meeting the officers and their horses in person will provide the ideal way for the Mounted Unit to demonstrate their mission: to continue engaging with residents and promote safety in Cleveland’s neighborhoods through the beauty of horses.

In addition to the above Public Safety Investments, the City is also investing $835,000 to update Division of Fire facilities to be more gender-inclusive.

The city’s public safety investments in and around the Opportunity Corridor strongly complement the mayor’s Neighborhood Transformation Initiative (NTI). The goal of NTI is to invest in disadvantaged neighborhoods just outside growth zones and encourage the private market to return to these areas without the need of public incentives. The new facilities provide a significant public sector investment to potentially kickstart private investment and provide momentum for additional construction.

For more information on these and other investments in the neighborhood, visit www.clecityhall.com and search the tags: stables; mounted police unit; division of safety; police headquarters

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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