Cleveland News Wire – Week of Oct. 4, 2021

Cleveland Documenters Public Meetings Report

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

Public comment debuts at City Council

Monday, Oct. 4, 2021

Cleveland City Council

Covered by Documenters Jennifer Chandler and Chau Tang

Cleveland City Council held its first public comment period in almost a century during its Monday night meeting on October 4. Ten members of the public spoke and implored council to address Cleveland’s lead poisoning crisis, equitable unemployment compensation, participatory budgeting, and more. Council also read legislation regarding the Vision for the Valley project for the first time. Find the full notes here.

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Council members learn details about Progressive Field deal

Monday, Oct. 4, 2021
Finance Committee

Cleveland City Council

Covered by Documenters Marvetta Rutherford and Alicia Moreland

Members of City Council’s finance committee learned about the proposed deal that would fund enhancements and repairs at Progressive Field. They asked questions of Interim Finance Director Jim Gentile and Ken Silliman, chair of the Gateway community development corporation. In the proposed agreement, the city contributes $8 million in taxpayer dollars a year over the course of 15 years, with two five-year extensions available after that. Silliman and Council President Kevin Kelley indicated there would be more discussions in the near future. Find the full notes here.


Board approves new housing in Tremont

Monday, Oct. 4, 2021
Cleveland Board of Zoning Appeals

Covered by Documenters Tina Scott and Marvetta Rutherford

Owners of properties in Tremont and Detroit-Shoreway can move forward with plans to build a home after the board granted them relief from Cleveland’s zoning code. The owners of the Tremont property were granted variances regarding the location of a garage and the size of the side yard. The Detroit-Shoreway property owners gained permission to build a ramp leading from the home to the sidewalk. Find the full notes here.


Council members work on a roadmap for spending ARPA dollars

Monday, Oct. 4, 2021

Special Meeting – ARPA Funding
Cleveland City Council

Covered by Documenters McKenzie Merriman and Keith Yurgionas

The City of Cleveland received nearly $256 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds in June and there’s more to come. City Council met to discuss a plan for using the funds, which must be spent by the end of 2026. Interim Finance Director Jim Gentile answered questions from council and discussed a proposed ordinance from the administration that would reserve $26 million for public safety vehicles and equipment, $15 million for demolition, and $80 million for community development entities. Find the full notes here.

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