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Final Council Meeting of 2022 Highlights

Dec 05, 2022

Cleveland (Dec. 5, 2022) – City Council held its final Monday council meeting of the year tonight,  both in person in Council Chambers and through live streaming.  The next regular meeting will be Monday Jan. 9, 2023. Here are tonight’s highlights:

CHEERS Moves Forward: Council approved $150,000 in funding and more in in-kind services to join a collaborative group led by the Cleveland Metroparks. The effort, Cleveland Harbor Eastern Embayment Resilience Study (CHEERS), focuses on the health of Lake Erie and lakefront development in the area surrounding the East 55th Street Marina. The partners and organizations involved in the potential transformation include: Cleveland City Council, the City of Cleveland, the Cleveland Metroparks, Cleveland-Cuyahoga Port Authority, Black Environmental Leaders Association, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and Ohio Department of Transportation. The local partners commit to contributing $985,000 in support and resources to the project in exchange for a $985,000 match from state partners and a $1.9 million grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. It enhances local access to the lakefront and is preparing Cleveland for the future. Partners suggest work at the East 55th Street marina could begin as soon as 2024. Ord. No. 1202-2022

Paid Safe Leave Available: Council approved the legislation members Jasmin Santana, Stephanie Howse, and Charles Slife first sponsored in August offering non-union City employees (or their children/guardians)  experiencing domestic violence, stalking and/or sexual assault 60 hours of paid leave (for full time employees) to receive medical care, take care of legal matters, seek safe shelter, and attend to other needs that ensure their physical and mental well-being. The Paid Safe Leave time taken will not be deducted from other forms of leave. Council has encouraged the Mayor’s administration to work with union leadership to extend the policy to all city employees and for other area businesses to offer this benefit. Ord. No. 756-2022

Composting Pilot Program at West Side Market: Rust Belt Riders Composting, will design and conduct a composting pilot program for wasted food generated by vendors at the West Side Market. The $60,000 pilot program is being financed by Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, granted from larger grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (Ord. 1117-2022)

New Housing in Ward 5: Council approved the addition of property located at 2024 East 70th Street to the Northeast Ohio Advanced Energy District. The approval allows a plan from the property owner to move forward with a special energy improvement project that will consist of 64 new market-rate multifamily residential apartments. These new apartments add to the growing number of residential developments in the Mid-Town Health Tech Corridor. Ord. No. 881-2022

Wage Theft and Payroll Fraud Prevention Changes: Council approved enacting measures to prevent wage theft and payroll fraud on City service contracts, construction and improvement contracts, and contracts for financial assistance. Any person or entity that bids on a city service or construction contract, or that applies for financial assistance from the City must disclose any adverse determinations that occurred in the previous 3 years to the Fair Employment Wage Board (FEWB) and the contracting department. Any person or entity receiving an adverse determination within the previous 3 years of the due date of the bid or proposal or application for assistance is not eligible to enter into any contract with the City, or apply for assistance, for 3 years from the date of the last adverse determination. (Fair Employment Wage Board is a 7 member board created earlier to monitor the City living wage ordinance.)  Ord. No. 892-2022

Cleveland Community Police Commission Seated: Council passed resolution 1293-2022 to seat the 13-member body.

Lakefront Development and Improvement Plans:  Council authorized the administration to move forward with hiring a consultant(s) to produce a North Coast Lakefront Master Plan and perform community engagement activities. Estimated cost for both is $900,000. Ord. No. 1232-2022

Transferring ARPA funding to General Fund: Council approved moving $215 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding the city received into the General Fund. Based on federal government calculations, the City of Cleveland lost more than $300 million dollars in revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic. Federal guidelines allow the city to use a portion of the nearly $512 million dollars for revenue recovery. Ord. No. 1267-2022