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Making a Public Comment

Council welcomes public comment before regular council meetings. Fill out the online form below for your chance to make a public comment at the next regular Monday Council meeting.  Please read the revised rules and procedures. (Public Comment will restart for the Sept. 9th Council Meeting.)

Registrations can also be submitted:

* In person at Cleveland City Hall, Room 220, 601 Lakeside Ave. NE. Paper forms are available to register.

* If you don't want to fill out the online form below, you can download this form and fill it out and email it to or drop it off at Council offices. (Parking at City Hall on the upper lot is free on Monday's after 5 pm when Council is meeting.)

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Registrations to speak up to 3 minutes at a regular council meeting can be submitted between noon Wednesday and 2 pm on the Monday before a regular 7 pm council meeting. (Early, incomplete and false registrations are not accepted.) Only the first 10 are accepted.  

Make a Comment Online


If you don't want to speak at a Council meeting, please submit your written comments below. 

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Decriminalization Of Fare Evasion
Currently, boarding public transit without paying fare can result in fines up to $250 and up to 30 days in jail. I request City Council to think deeply about what purpose this response to fare evasion is serving. A person who cannot afford $2.50 for fare will likely be unable to pay a fine ten times as much, and a jail sentence of any length does not match up with such a minor infraction. Leaving fare evasion as a criminal offense ultimately does nothing but further burden the impacted individuals, who are overwhelmingly poor and/or people of color, with the legal and social stigma of a criminal record, which will follow them for years to come, if not the rest of their lives. Is it fair and just for someone to be potentially shut out of housing, educational, and employment opportunities just because they could not afford to pay $2.50? A person in that situation needs help rather than punishment. It's time for Cleveland to reassert itself as a great city and move towards decriminalizing fare evasion.
Name: Michael Harney
Posted: Feb 25, 2022
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I would like to comment on the state of the roads and sidewalks during this and many other winters. While larger streets get plowed ( making it impossible to walk on the sidewalk if you are a pedestrian), neighborhoods (of whom I’m sure also pay taxes) are left to shovel feet of snow off roads and walkways. You all are aware, as we are, when winter weather will be present. Walking in the street as a pedestrian is dangerous enough without the added danger of snow. It is your responsibility to keep our roads and sidewalks safe and USEABLE. You all are doing an awful job at it and I would like to see improvements. Thank you.
Name: Daniel Artis
Posted: Jan 18, 2022
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#22-225 Emergency resolution urging C|M|Law naming committee recommendation
Students Against Marshall has reviewed emergency resolution #22-2022 and so announces its concurrence with the Council's belief: 1. That because of Chief Justice John Marshall's life long association with slavery, the C|M|Law naming committee should eliminate any reference to him regarding the college of law and further: 2. This constitutes an emergency measure for the immediate preservation of public peace, property, health, and safety. Therefore, the Students Against Marshall request the Council members to affirmatively vote today for the resolution to take effect and be in force immediately upon its adoption and approval by the Mayor or the earliest period allowed by law. More information regarding Students Against Marshall, the law school's 2021 diversity report, and the naming committee's community survey which expires next Friday Jan 17 2022, is available online at the following link: www.linktr (dot) ee/csusam or the Instagram handle @students_against_marshall Thank you for your consideration.
Name: Ms. Stephanie M. Goggans
Posted: Jan 9, 2022
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