Cleveland News Wire – Week of September 20, 2021

Cleveland Documenters Public Meetings Report

Cleveland Public Meetings Report – The week of September 20, 2021

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

Former South High building being renovated as a police-training facility; council members concerned about maintenance at city parks

Monday, September 20, 2021

Cleveland City Council Municipal Services and Properties Committee

Covered by Documenter Marvetta Rutherford

Emergency Ordinance 532-2021 authorized the purchase, lease, and redevelopment of South High School to facilitate a public-safety training academy. Safety Director Karrie Howard said residents would have access to the former school’s gym and library, which could be used for public meetings. The swimming pool would be used for water training. Council members also discussed issues with portable toilet issues at Luke Easter Park and playground equipment at Spears Park. Find the full notes here.


Variances for event center on Lorain avenue denied; single family home in Hough moves forward

Monday, September 20, 2021

Cleveland Board of Zoning Appeals

Covered by Documenter Tina Scott

The owner of a building at 4601 Lorain Ave. and the building’s tenant wanted to open a party/event center in a district zoned for local retail, which allows for businesses like restaurants, bakeries and barber shops. The tenant needed a variance to allow for a party center business and that was denied after several residents spoke out against it saying loud parties had already been held at the location. Find the full notes here.


Panel discusses funding for Food Bank, advances Innovation Square and Blanket Mills projects; accepts grants

Monday, September 20, 2021

Cleveland City Council Finance Committee

Covered by Documenters McKenzie Merriman and Keith Seward

The committee voted to approve entering into agreement with Greater Cleveland Food Bank Inc. for the new location at Coit Road and improvements to S. Waterloo Road location. This is part of the proposed distribution of $255 million, the first half of the city’s American Rescue Plan Act dollars. Council members discussed food insecurity, a citywide issue. “All our wards are touched by this,” Council Member Blaine Griffin said about food insecurity. Find the full notes here.


Refreshed Cleveland Plan adopted, soon to be made public; Safe Schools survey almost complete

Monday, September 20, 2021

Board of Directors, Cleveland Transformation Alliance

Covered by Documenters Leslie Bednar and Emily Anderson

The Refreshed Cleveland Plan, a revision of the original Cleveland Plan created in 2012, has been completed and will be made public as soon as possible. Public input increased during the Refreshed Plan revision process compared to the original Cleveland Plan. The new mayor will be appointing a new vice chair for the Transformation Alliance board, while Mayor Frank Jackson will appoint an interim vice chair to cover until the new mayor is in place. Find the full notes here.


City Council authorized several emergency ordinances, including the a new public comment period

Monday, September 20, 2021

Cleveland City Council

Covered by Documenters Chau Tang and Sam Bachelor

There was a motion to approve the new public comment rules which was approved unanimously. There was no discussion of what those rules were, however they can be found here. Find the full notes here.


Committee reviews emergency ordinances authorizing program contracts and facility updates for Cleveland’s airports

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Transportation Committee, Cleveland City Council

Covered by Documenters Keith Yurgionas and McKenzie Merriman

Airport Director Robert Kennedy updated council on the airport saying passenger traffic was down to 600 people a day when the airport typically had 35,000 a day, but is recovering. There are a lot of jobs available now at the airport. Council member Joe Jones asked the airport to send job listings to city council as a whole to be included in ward newsletters and promoted to residents. Find the full notes here.


GCRTA Audit Committee discusses a potential audit by the American Public Transit Association

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Audit Committee, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

Covered by Documenters Mildred Seward and Daniel McCarthy

The committee had a working meeting with board members talking with each other about the upcoming audit. Find the full notes here.

Coming up: Cleveland Documenters will be at meetings of the Board of Zoning Appeals, the Board of Elections, the Cuyahoga County Board of Control, Cleveland City Council — including the Finance, Safety and Utilities Committees and the full City Council — the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority’s Board of Trustees, and the Cleveland Board of Building Standards and Building Appeals.


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