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

Committee approves sale of City land to Rid-All Urban farm; ARPA work group discusses public safety spending

Municipal Services and Properties Committee & Special Working Group on ARPA Funds

Cleveland City Council

Nov. 15, 2021

Covered by Documenter Jenna Thomas

Council continued to discuss ways to spend the $511 million in federal American Rescue Plan Funding the city is receiving. Council and the Jackson administration have some areas of agreement about how to spend the money. Public Safety is asking for a variety of equipment including: 45 SUVs; 50 detective cars; 100 mountain bikes; and 5 K-9 dogs. Find the full notes here.

Panel gets update on training for Cleveland Police officers and dispatchers in crisis-intervention

Training Subcommittee, Mental Health Response Advisory Committee (MHRAC)

Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County

Nov. 15, 2021

Covered by Documenters Juice McKenna and Emily Anderson

A new Suicide Prevention Lifeline will shift from a 10-digit number to a 3-digit number in July of 2022. (Until then the number is 216-623-6888). The new number (988) will help more people get  direct access to mental health services and officers are being trained to use it. Find the full notes here.

Board finalizes plans for Nov. 23 recall election in Maple Heights

Board of Elections

Cuyahoga County Board of Elections

Nov. 15, 2021

Covered by Documenter Jeanne Madison 

This meeting had severe technical difficulties making the proceedings hard to follow. However, a video of the meeting can be viewed here. The ballot proofs for the Nov. 23, 2021, Maple Heights Council District 6 Recall Election were approved by vote of the board. Find the full notes here.

Board grants Sherwin Williams variances for parking garage and surface lot at new downtown headquarters

Board of Zoning Appeals

Cleveland Board of Zoning Appeals

Nov. 15, 2021

Covered by Documenters Tina Scott and Alicia Moreland

Along with proposals for private garages and sheds on private property, the board granted variances to Sherwin Williams for the construction of their new headquarters tower as well as expanding existing plans for a parking lot on the Superior Avenue side of the proposed tower. The timeline of construction will be about 12 months. Find the full notes here.

Panel reviews what records to keep, what records to toss

Executive Records Management Committee

Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

Nov. 15, 2021

Covered by Documenters Alicia Moreland and Gennifer Harding-Gosnell

In a meeting held by the GCRTA director of Finance and Administration, the Executive Records Committee reviewed records of old business and determined which records were necessary to keep and which were to be removed. Sections of records such as vendor record schedules were reorganized to better reflect the current system, and older, obsolete categories were removed. Bond certificates and coupons that no longer exist were removed, and records of older bonds were kept since they are specifically related to information required by the IRS. Find the full notes here.

Panels OKs contract with Municipal Court, plans for certain city offices to move to new space

Finance Committee & Joint Committee

Cleveland City Council

Nov. 15, 2021

Covered by Documenter Keith Seward

The Finance committee approved an ordinance allowing the Cleveland Police Commission to move to larger office space to meet HIPAA regulations. It also approved an ordinance authorizing the city to acquire the Mound School and property located at 5405 Mound Avenue for future redevelopment for the Department of Community Development. Find the full notes here.

Council establishes French American cultural garden, approves leases for submerged land at Burke Lakefront Airport

City Council

Cleveland City Council

Nov. 15, 2021

Covered by Documenters Chau Tang, Jennifer Chandler, and Yorel Warr

Public commenters spoke about participatory budgeting and Progressive Field improvements. Emergency ordinances relating to the adoption of tax increment financing agreements and the sale of the Hough Multipurpose Center for future redevelopment had their first readings. Ordinances involving the establishment of the French-American Cultural Garden and the placement of feminine hygiene items in city buildings also passed. Read the full notes here.

First draft of annual report shared and discussed, consent decree requirement reviewed

Quality Improvement Subcommittee, Mental Health Response Advisory Committee (MHRAC)

Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County

Nov. 16, 2021

Covered by Documenters Alicia Moreland, Leslie Bednar, Bob Rotatori

Committee members discussed reports showing that only 76 police officers have taken the revised Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training since the consent decree was implemented in 2015. Prior to the consent decree, this number was in the hundreds. The committee agreed that by the end of January, they would try to have a draft of the annual report complete, as that is when most of the data from 2021 will be in. The report is not expected to be published until March 2022. Read the full notes here.

Board reviews budget, hears plans for “Month of Merry” holiday promotion

Board of Trustees

Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

Nov. 16, 2021

Covered by Documenters Emily Anderson and Gennifer Harding-Gosnell

As of this third-quarter report, RTA is on budget and spending is as expected. Next year’s budget has some changes including an increase in positions budgeted for next year, with 18 new positions in the 2022 budget. A vaccination incentive program for RTA employees is running for the rest of the year. Read the full notes here.

 

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