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Michael Polensek Ward 8
Ward 8 Councilman Michael D. Polensek has served the neighborhoods of northeast Cleveland since 1978, making him the longest-serving Council member in the city's history.
For nearly four decades, Councilman Polensek has represented the Collinwood Neighborhood. Today, he represents North Shore Collinwood, Collinwood Village, and the eastern section of the Glenville neighborhood.
During his long and productive tenure, Councilman Polensek has been at the forefront of numerous development projects and has been vigilant in creating grassroots community groups and helping small businesses. He served as President of City Council from 1999 to 2002.
After working for decades, he successfully got a new $11 million Collinwood Recreation Center located at 16500 Lakeshore Blvd. It opened in November 2011, becoming the first gold LEED certified building in Cleveland's history. Councilman Polensek championed the effort to transfer Cleveland's lakefront state parks to the Cleveland Metroparks system. He was also instrumental in creating the Waterloo Arts and Entertainment District in the historic Waterloo neighborhood, helping small busineses and guiding a major streetscape project completed in 2014.
Councilman Polensek is a member of the Council's Safety, Utilities and Workforce & Community Benefits committees. He was instrumental in the founding of two non-profit neighborhood development groups -- Northeast Shores and Collinwood Nottingham Villages. Councilman Polensek serves on the advisory committee of the Hospice of the Western Reserve and is a member of the NAACP and the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party.
Councilman Polensek was born in the Glenville neighborhood on East 120th Street and raised in Collinwood, graduating from Collinwood High School where he is an inductee in the school’s Hall of Fame.
As an employee of the former White Motors Corp. on St. Clair Avenue, Councilman Polensek became involved in Local 32 of the United Autoworkers Union, which led to his first run for Council.
Councilman Polensek lives in the North Shore Collinwood area and attends St. Mary’s Collinwood Catholic Church. He has five grown children and one grandson.
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News & Press
CWRU School of Medicine Takes a Lead Role in Cleveland’s Infant Mortality Initiative
July 27, 2016
Highlights of Cleveland City Council’s meeting of July 13, 2016
July 13, 2016
Council Approves Tax Break and Loan for LaSalle Theater Project
June 07, 2016
Council Urges Wearing Orange to Remember Gun Victims
May 19, 2016
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Friends of Collinwood Recreation Open House & Meeting
September 08, 2016
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The Ward 8 Citizen (Spring 2016)
The Ward 8 Citizen (Fall 15)
The Ward 8 Citizen (Summer 15)
The Ward 8 Citizen (Summer 14)
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