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Council Meeting Highlights

Apr 29, 2024

Cleveland (April 29, 2024) - City Council held its regular meeting tonight, both in person in Council Chambers and live streamed. Council's next meeting will be Monday, May 6th. Here are today’s highlights:

Healthy Homes Initiative to Help Homeowners: Council approved allocating $1.06 million for the Community Engagement Healthy Home Initiative. Council established the healthy homes initiative several years ago so that “community engagement specialists,” could be hired by neighborhood community development corporations, to improve the quality of life for residents and the city’s housing stock. The engagement specialists  link residents and landlords to resources, education and training for housing upkeep. The funding will also for software and training of specialists. Ord. No. 368-2024

Refreshing and Upgrading Security Cameras, Computers, Software, Hardware and More: Council approved spending $9.5 million for the purchase for professional services, data storage, equipment, and software licenses, materials, supplies, and services necessary to update and improve computers, software, peripheral ancillary devices (security cameras), telecommunications, network infrastructure, Public Safety Systems and Cybersecurity tools and services, Health Systems and City-wide applications.

This includes an array of upgrades and refreshing of systems and upgrading hardware including “website optimization, route optimization, Artificial Intelligence tools and services, Learning Management Solution, payroll processing and onboarding software, fiber optic installation, computer refresh project, social services software, Data Center Network and Server Upgrades … SharePoint system upgrade, Software as a Service, Platform as a Service, Low Code No Code Solution, Record Management System, Computer Aid Dispatch System upgrade, WorkOrder Management, AVL System Upgrade, Camera System, Accela System Upgrade, Voice over Internet Protocol telephone system, and WIFI installation in City-owned and City-leased facilities.” Ord. No. 440-2024


Legislation was introduced to do a study, with a $500,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, on Dugway Brook and whether creating an intermittent stream and wetland restoration is possible. Cleveland has pledged $25,000 in in-kind staff-time. Dugway Brook is a tributary that feeds directly into Lake Erie. Ord. No. 471-2024

Legislation was introduced to designate two churches as Cleveland Landmarks. The First Hungarian Reformed “Stone” Church (AKA Second New Hope Baptist Church) sponsored by Councilman Richard Starr and Second New Hope Baptist Church (former St. Margaret of Hungary Catholic Church) sponsored by Councilwoman Deborah Gray. The churches are located at 2850 East 79th St. and 2917 E. 116th St. respectively. Ord. Nos. 472 and 473-2024