City of Cleveland Daily News Updates - #353

Friday, May 7, 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 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.

ICYMI: After 16 Years of Service, Mayor Frank G. Jackson Announces He Will Not Seek Re-Election*

Mayor Frank G. Jackson announced today he will retire at the end of his historic fourth term of service to the people of the City of Cleveland. To view the Facebook Live of the mayor’s important announcement, click here. Click here to view photos. View the micro-doc that debuted today during his announcement.

Mayor Jackson took his oath of office on Jan. 2, 2018, for a historic fourth term – which makes him the City of Cleveland’s longest serving mayor. During his tenure as mayor, he has advocated for building equity and opportunity for all Clevelanders while improving the condition of the City’s many diverse neighborhoods. From the Great Recession to the current pandemic, Mayor Jackson has led the City through tough times. He has also led the City through significant events from the Republican National Convention in 2016 to national sporting events like the MLB All-Star Game and NFL Draft. Through it all, he has been a voice for all those he represents no matter their background.

“For over 31 years, from being a city councilman of Ward 5, to being council president and now mayor, you, the people of the city of Cleveland have worked alongside me for change and to create a better quality of life for all of our citizens,” said Mayor Jackson. “Together we have accomplished many, many things.”

A lifelong resident of the Central Neighborhood, Mayor Jackson began his career in elected office first as a city councilman, representing the ward in which he still lives. Later, Mayor Jackson became city council president before running for mayor and assuming office in 2006. He is a graduate of Cleveland Public Schools, Cuyahoga Community College and Cleveland State University – the latter from which he earned his bachelor’s, master’s, law degree and bestowed an honorary doctorate. He began his public service career as an assistant city prosecutor in the Cleveland Municipal Court Clerk’s Office.

Leveraging Public-Private Partnerships

Mayor Jackson has moved Cleveland forward with effective leadership and an invaluable ability to see and embrace the city’s unique challenges. Across all sectors from public to private to the philanthropic, Mayor Jackson has built and sustained the relationships that make Cleveland a better city for all. This is perhaps best illustrated by the Neighborhood Transformation Initiative. In conjunction with local financial institutions, community development corporations and non-profits, the Mayor was able to secure funds for programming ranging from a retail incubator, small business loans, educational advancement opportunities including a coding bootcamp and more. In total, $65 million was secured by the City and private entities to improve five target neighborhoods on the east and west sides identified by the Mayor for significant reinvestment.

Reforming Cleveland’s Schools

Among his greatest educational achievements in office is the creation of the Transformation Alliance, aimed at bolstering accountability in Cleveland’s public schools and improving the test scores of its diverse student population. Another more recent important achievement is the launch of Say Yes to Education in Cleveland, a national initiative aimed at providing college scholarships to graduating seniors who have participated in its renowned program.

Balancing the City Budget Every Single Year

Since his first term in office, Mayor Jackson has presented balanced budgets for the City of Cleveland during recessions and even the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic. Year over year, he has relied on fiscally disciplined governance including 15 years of balanced budgets aimed at making a more equitable Cleveland. Citizens rallied behind these efforts by passing an operating levy in 2012 - the first in 14 years - and its renewal in 2016 as well as a capital levy in 2014.

Making Our Neighborhoods Safer

During his tenure as Mayor, Mayor Jackson has led initiatives that have made Cleveland neighborhoods safer and stronger. Safe Smart CLE – an initiative which has allowed the City to upgrade street lights by installing LED and camera technology – helps improve the quality of public safety in Cleveland while also making the City greener. In addition, the Mayor sought the assistance of the Department of Justice to enter in a consent decree aimed at reviewing and improving the Cleveland Division of Police.

*Originally announced May 7, 2021

City of Cleveland Announces Departure of Assistant Director of Communications

The City of Cleveland announces that Assistant Director of Communications Nancy Kelsey-Carroll has accepted a new position outside of the City of Cleveland and will be leaving the Mayor’s Office. Her last day is May 7, 2021.

“I want to thank Nancy Kelsey-Carroll for her work as the Assistant Director of Communications and congratulate her on her new endeavors,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “I know she will do a great job, as she has done as a member of my administration for the last four years. Her leadership and commitment have helped advance our efforts to make Cleveland a better city. I wish Nancy well.”

Nancy has been with the Mayor’s Office for more than four years, starting out as its Social Media & Digital Communications Manager. Her previous experience includes communications work with Cleveland State University and the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. In addition, she has nearly 10 years of experience as a reporter working in newsrooms around the country for print, radio and digital media. She also spent two years working as an AmeriCorps volunteer teacher on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

In her absence, please direct all City of Cleveland media inquiries to Communications Director Latoya Hunter Hayes at (216) 664-4303 or In order to ensure the Mayor’s Office of Communications team receives your request, please cc on all emailed media inquiries. For public records requests, please visit the GovQA portal by clicking here.

Cleveland Department of Public Health Releases (CDPH) COVID-19 Case Summary

CDPH has been notified of 569 new coronavirus cases in city residents for April 25 – May 1. This brings the total to 31,493 confirmed cases in the City of Cleveland and 467 fatalities. Click here to view the entire COVID-19 case summary.

City of Cleveland Distributes COVID-19 Vaccines to Employees; Family Members

Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) will be distributing COVID-19 vaccines to City of Cleveland employees and their family members at the locations and times listed below. 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. To view the full flyer, click here.

  • Wednesday, May 12 through Friday, May 14 at Public Auditorium at 500 Lakeside Ave. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 15 at Cudell Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Center at 1910 West Blvd from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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 7 at Lincoln West High School at 3202 W. 30th St. from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 8 at Bethany Christian Church at 3940 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 8 at Urban Kutz Barbershop at 11106 Detroit Ave. from Noon to 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 15 at Bethany Christian Church at 3940 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 15 at Urban Kutz Barbershop at 4491 Pearl Rd. from Noon to 4:30 p.m.

Application Deadline Extended for CMSD Board Appointment>

Mayor Frank G. Jackson has announced that the application deadline has been extended from now until Monday, May 17, 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; email to Dr. Price at; or drop off applications at City Hall. Applications must be turned in by close of business Monday, May 17, 2021.

To obtain an application please visit, and or contact Dr. Price at (216) 420-8087 for more information. Applications can also be found at City of Cleveland Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Centers.

Crime Stoppers Offering Double Cash-Rewards for Solving Violent Crimes

Murders and other crimes of violence involving a firearm have drastically increased in Cuyahoga County the past year. Crime Stoppers Chairman Dr. Rustom Khouri today announced that the Crime Stoppers Board of Directors has approved an increase in their reward payments for information on violent crimes. Crime Stoppers will now pay anonymous tipsters rewards up to $5,000 for tip information on Murders and violent crimes involving a firearm.

Crime Stoppers recognizes that Homicides, Drive-by-Shootings, and Car-Jacking’s are increasing at an alarming rate in Cuyahoga County. Crime Stoppers is hoping that an increase in reward money will encourage more people to provide information that will aide law enforcement in identifying and prosecuting violent criminals.

The Cleveland Division of Police greatly appreciates the hard work done by Crimestoppers of Cuyahoga County, Inc. each day. It is our hope that the increase in the reward monies offered will encourage more people to come through with information for our investigators.

Crime Stoppers of Cuyahoga County operates under the direction of the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department. Crime Stoppers assists all local and federal law enforcement agencies in Cuyahoga County. Crime Stoppers receives several hundred anonymous tips each year that result in the identity and prosecution of violent offenders.

Anonymous Tips can be called-in directly to the TIP-LINE at 216-25CRIME (252-7463) or sent electronically at

Crime Stoppers Media Contacts:

  • John Minek (216) 443-7234
  • Richard McIntosh (216) 443-7234

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 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 See details for upcoming meetings below:

Governance Committee

May 10 at 11 a.m. via Zoom

Meeting ID: 971 5301 5099

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Communication and Engagement Committee

May 11at 3 p.m. via Zoom

Meeting ID: 988 2354 2730

Passcode: 315761

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Cleveland Plan Progress Committee Refresh Retreat

May 20at 12 p.m. via Zoom

Meeting ID: 825 4024 5006

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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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