City of Cleveland Daily News Updates - #390

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

The City of Cleveland today made the following announcements:

Jackson Administration Transition Updates: Communications Processes

The City of Cleveland continues to make several changes as part of the Jackson Administration’s transition. During the mayor’s final months in office, he has sworn in interim positions, finalized appointments, filled outstanding positions and is reassigning mayor’s office staff, including support staff, to other roles in the city. There will also be several new processes in place to simplify communications engagement:

  • News Releases Now Posted Directly to CLECITYHALL.COM

The City of Cleveland will now only distribute its general news updates via social media and the city’s blog at www.clecityhall.com. Media and the general public should follow the City of Cleveland Twitter and Facebook pages for real-time information and daily breaking news. Consider turning on social app notifications to receive instant alerts or subscribe to the blog at www.clecityhall.com to continue receiving the news directly to your inbox.

  • The following updates will be in place starting Aug. 2 to help streamline the media request process:
  • Mayor’s Office Media Inquiries
  • Media may send inquiries to mediarelations@clevelandohio.gov /216-664-2220 instead of the city’s joint information center, established as a central resource during the pandemic. A member of the communications team is available Monday to Friday during normal business hours to handle requests.
  • For emergencies, media may contact Latoya Hunter Hayes, Director of Communications and Media Relations at 216-857-4371 or lhunter@clevelandohio.gov.
  • Department of Public Safety Media InquiriesRequests for the Department of Public Safety should be directed to the relevant public information office:
  • New Links to Access Frequently Requested Public Safety Information

Links are now available on the Cleveland Public Records portal under the FAQs section to link to crime statistics, daily police reports and discipline. Additional tabs will soon be available for Fire, EMS and Animal Control. Documents will be readily available to the media, members of the public and Cleveland City Council members, eliminating the need for records requests for basic information that is public record. Access the links and FAQs here:

  • General Public Records Requests

Please visit the Cleveland Public Records Portal for all public records requests and follow-ups. Public records are not processed through the communications departments. In order to communicate with the City on a public records already created, you can either reply to the message you receive from the Cleveland Public Records Center or you can go to the portal and click on view details on the request you are inquiring about and click Send New Message.

  • Requests for the Department of Public Utilities and the Department of Port Control should continue to be directed to:

View previous updates on the Jackson Administration’s transition.

Joint statement from the Mayor’s Office and Haslam Sports Group

We appreciate the time ODOT has taken to review the City’s TRAC application for the lakefront vision. We have had productive conversations with ODOT and understand their funding recommendation today based on the preliminary stage of this project. ODOT has made it clear that they are supportive of the Mayor’s vision and the feasibility work proposed as next steps for this endeavor that would help drive economic development for our city and the region. We continue to receive strong community support for the vision and will work with ODOT on potential alternative funding sources to match the City’s commitment to explore how best to properly and safely connect pedestrians and cyclists to our region’s greatest natural resource, Lake Erie.

The awarded $2.5 million from ODOT coupled with the city’s funds will provide a significant $5 million to advance the planning and engineering work needed for the land bridge project. Now that funds have been committed, a scope for this phase of work will be developed. Once that scope is defined, the procurement process will commence. The procurement process and a project agreement with ODOT will now be finalized.

City of Cleveland Seeks Applicants for CMSD Board Appointment

Applications are being accepted for appointment to the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) Board of Education, for an unexpired term ending June 30, 2023. Anyone who is a resident of the CMSD can be appointed to the School’s Board. Applications are available in English and in Spanish, on this site as well as the CMSD website, and the Cleveland Public Library website. Hardcopies are available at City recreation centers. Applications must be completed, signed, and returned in person or mailed to the CMSD Nominating Panel at Cleveland City Hall, 601 Lakeside Avenue, Room 227, Cleveland, Ohio 44114, attention Dr. Monyka Price, or email to mprice@clevelandohio.gov. The application deadline is Monday, August 23, 2021.

City Announces Neighborhood Street Improvements for Ward 1

During the week of August 16, 2021, the City of Cleveland’s Residential Resurfacing Program will begin in Ward 1. Advance notice signs will be posted to advise the public of road improvements. The following streets will be resurfaced and completed by the middle of September 2021.

One lane of traffic will be maintained for local traffic for the duration of each project and no detours are expected. Access to all businesses, residences and side streets will be maintained during construction. On-street parking will not be allowed during construction.

2021 Road Resurfacing Project Description:

  • This work represents an investment of $12 million in the City’s Residential Roadways.
  • With the completion of the Pavement Management Study in 2017 and the continued evaluation of the City’s roadway network, the City has a grading system that allows streets in the greatest need of resurfacing to be selected for repair. The City is using the ‘worst first’ approaches for road resurfacing.

Questions? Contact the City’s Administrative Manager, Cherita Anglen at (216) 420-7605.

*Editor’s Note: Road construction invariably presents hazards to the public. All travelers are urged to use caution in construction zones. Public safety and the safety of workers is a top priority.

Public Information Session: West Franklin Boulevard Rehabilitation Project

Mayor Frank G. Jackson, Ward 15 Council member Jenny Spencer, Ward 3 Council Member

Kerry McCormack, the Mayor’s Office of Capital Projects and the Division of Engineering and Construction invite you to participate in a Public Information Session on Thursday July 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Waverly Elementary School, 1805 W 57th St, Cleveland, Oh, regarding the West Franklin Boulevard Rehabilitation project. This meeting will include a short presentation of the proposed project, followed by a questions-and-answers session.

Masks are strongly recommended, and social distancing standards will be followed

Click here to view the flyer for the meeting.

About the City of Cleveland

The City of Cleveland is committed to improving the quality of life for 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 www.clevelandohio.gov, or follow @CityofCleveland on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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