Cleveland News Wire – Week of Aug. 9, 2021

Cleveland Documenters Public Meetings Report

Cleveland Public Meetings Report – The week of August 8,  2021

Here’s what happened last week in local public government meetings covered by Cleveland Documenters:

Health 

Monday, August 9, 2021

Documented by Kathryn Johnson and Emily Anderson

Cleveland City Council

 

The COVID-19 Delta variant is spreading more quickly in Cleveland due to relaxed distancing, relaxed mask requirements, decreased testing and people remaining unvaccinated, Liz Svoboda, Cleveland’s chief epidemiologist, said. The majority of cases are occurring in younger populations, people up to 39 years old. Currently only 36 percent of residents are fully vaccinated. Committee members heard from Cleveland Council member Tony Brancatelli about a Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority pop-up event, Ice Cream for Vaccines at Daisy’s Ice Cream. People who were not vaccinated weren’t interested in going to health clinics or to the Wolstein Center for vaccinations, he said. They would, however, walk to their neighborhood ice cream parlor on a hot day.

 

Safety 

Wednesday, August, 11, 2021

Cleveland City Council

Documented by Mildred Seward and Gennifer Harding-Gosnell

The committees heard about a $19,120 grant that will go before council for approval this week to pay for training and equipment to help the Cleveland Police Environmental Crimes Unit combat illegal dumping.

Read about the ordinance here.

The Environmental Crimes Unit investigates illegal dumping and works with prosecutors to take the offenders to court.

Several council members also sparred with Safety Director Karrie Howard and Deputy Chief Wayne Drummond about dirt bike and ATV drivers and their unsafe activities in the city.

Council member Michael Polensek said:  “This administration has allowed these people to take over our streets. No effort to stop or curtail. Why is this being allowed?  Where is the traffic enforcement?  How do we take back our streets?”

Safety Director Howard said part of the problem was that the city didn’t have enough officers and it is looking into using drones, and he asked the public to call to report where dirt bikers are “so we can deploy personnel.”

“We are down 200 officers,” he said, “and we have got to fill that gap.”

 

Transportation

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

Documented by Mrinalini Pandey and Marvetta Rutherford

Committee members got an update on the 25Connects Project, which is planning the redevelopment of W. 25th Street as a “walkable, transit-supportive”  investment of RTA’s MetroHealth Line and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line.” Research funding for this project was provided by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD). The process marks GCRTA’s first bilingual (English and Spanish) planning study. The team has heard from 700 residents at virtual and in-person events.  The result of such a public outreach led his team to get a better understanding of the needs of the community with respect to transit safety, cultural inclusivity, and affordability along with providing more green spaces and supporting local businesses in the region. Project research findings and recommendations for financial planning will involve establishing programs to enable people to buy lower cost homes in the Clark-Fulton and Brooklyn Centre areas,  a West Side coordinating council, a funding mechanism to assist development and reach housing goals along the corridor, and work with developers to find financial opportunities, David Jurca, a project manager said.

 

Find out more about Cleveland Documenters and how you can get paid $16/hour to attend and take notes on local public meetings: https://neighborupcle.org/cledocumenters

 

Meetings coming up

 

Cleveland City Council

Zoning-Development, Planning and Sustainability Committee Cleveland City Council

Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021

9:30 a.m.

 

Cleveland City Council

Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021

9:00 a.m.

 

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