Coronavirus COVID 19

Letter from Cleveland Heights City Council - April 13, 2020

Cleveland Heights has always been a city that embraces its neighbors and demonstrates a strong sense of community. As your City Council, we would like to thank each of you for following the Governor’s and CDC guidelines to help protect not only yourself, but your neighbors as well.

Update Letter from Cleveland Heights City Council (PDF)

City COVID-19 Updates

This is the City of Cleveland Heights central location for local updates on the COVID-19 public health crisis. The City of Cleveland Heights declared a public emergency at the March 16 City Council meeting.

View all City Services that are available during the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Cleveland Heights Businesses Open during COVID-19 Restrictions

List of Open Businesses (PDF) - Updated 7/2/2020

Businesses remaining open and their operation hours continue to change daily. Please contact the individual businesses to confirm. This is not a comprehensive list and will be updated regularly based on the best information available. A business that would like to be added to this list or have their information updated should email banderson@clvhts.com.

City of Cleveland Heights COVID-19 Community Resource Guide

The City of Cleveland Heights has compiled a Community Resource Guide that is full of resources for residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic covering such topics as food/grocery assistance, local outreach programs, mental health and addiction resources, senior adults, shelter and housing, financial help, COVID-19 health resources, internet connectivity, and fraudulent practices.

City of Cleveland Heights COVID-19 Business Resource Guide

During this difficult time, we want to do everything we can to support our businesses in our community. We have produced a Business Resource Guide of federal, state and local assistance that you may find helpful.

COVID-19 Impacted Businesses

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the CARES Act makes small business owners eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) advance of up to $10,000. The loan advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid.

Businesses should visit the SBA’s updated Emergency Loan/Loan Advance portal website for additional information and to apply online.

9 Tips To Protect Your Stimulus Check From Thieves   

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said "thieves are drooling at the thought of getting their hands on your stimulus money."      

https://patch.com/ohio/clevelandheights/s/h2fnw/9-tips-to-protect-your-stimulus-check-from-thieves

City Building Closures

City Hall and Community Center are closed to the public. At this time, staff will be onsite to answer any inquiries or concerns residents and businesses may have via email and phone. City services, including our first responders, will continue to serve and support our community, and the Courts will remain open for limited proceedings. Stability and continuity of critical City services is our goal during this ongoing crisis. I invite you to call us or visit our website to explore the many ways in which you can still do business with the City from the comfort and safety of your home.

Please remember that even though the Cleveland Heights Parks are still open, the playgrounds, Basketball courts, Ball fields, Tennis courts, and the Cain Park skate park are Closed. 

Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District

For all the latest updates from CH-UH School District, please visit their website at https://www.chuh.org.

Latest City Manager Updates

Update 6/2/2020

We are facing challenging times on many fronts. Amid a pandemic and the chaos it is creating in our lives, we find ourselves also trying to cope with the burden of racial injustice. Many of us are reeling from the racially charged episodes that we’ve witnessed most recently in Minneapolis and Louisville, and too many countless other places where unwarranted lethal force at the hands of police officers ended the life of a person of color. These incidents and others have led many of you to ask about our use of force policies and training for Cleveland Heights police officers. The City Council, City Manager, and Police Chief share a commitment to advancing fairness and equity in Cleveland Heights as evidenced by the City’s history of groundbreaking anti-discrimination laws and regulations. The CHPD has implemented policies, practices, and training that reinforce this commitment and we will continue to seek out the best approaches to enhance equity in our policing practices. To learn more about the CHPD’s policies, visit the website.

Judge J.J. Costello has announced that beginning June 15, 2020, the Cleveland Heights Municipal Court will begin thoughtfully increasing the number of in-person hearings. The Court is focused on protecting the health of staff and all those who enter the courthouse.  The Court will continue to serve its vital purpose of administrating justice without denial or delay.  To do so, the Court will, wherever possible, utilize remote technology, stagger docket times, and enforce appropriate public health guidelines, including requiring social distancing and face coverings.  A copy of the Court’s Order implementing these policies can be found at the Court’s website.

Limited lobby service begins at 1:30pm today at the Lee Road branch of the Heights Libraries as part of their phased reopening. Customers entering the lobby must wear masks and keep 6 feet of distance, which will be apparent by the red guides on the floor. You will be able to do the following: pick up tax forms; pick up held materials; make copies or send a fax; check out items using a new touchless self-serve station with your library card; and ask staff questions about your account. Be sure to check their website for the hours they are open and any special instructions.

As we continue to fight this pandemic, financial resources for our community are even more important. What is an important source of funding for cities around the country? The federal government. And, how do you gain access to these funds? The 2020 Census. To help encourage participation, Councilperson Davida Russell challenged University Heights in the Battle of the Census to see which city can increase its response rate by 20% in the month of June. The winner will be presented a "Census tree" to represent growth in our respective cities. Let’s bring this home! Complete your Census questionnaire now and ensure bragging rights for Cleveland Heights.

Congratulations are in order to our first Shop Local Bingo winner, Michael H., whose list of Cleveland Heights businesses for the win included The Boujie Bakery, The Fairmount, Fawaky Burst, Grum’s Sub Shoppe, and the Wine Spot on Card 1. They reported having a great time playing the game. We encourage you to join in the fun! Cards 2 and 3 are on the website. Shop Local Bingo was launched by the City to help support our local businesses who have faced many challenges due to the pandemic and government and CDC restrictions. Please play and SHOP LOCAL!

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Update 5/29/2020

Based on the continued recommendations from the CDC to remain at home as much as possible, all City facilities will remain closed through June. We will continue to monitor the situation and consult the recommendations of the doctors and scientists. All essential functions have continued without interruption. All City departments are available by email and/or phone. Leave a message if you don’t immediately reach someone and you will receive a response to any inquiries. Go to the City’s website for a complete list of services.

Beginning June 1, the Cleveland Heights Police Department will resume enforcement of all Rush Hour restrictions on City streets. Since the lifting of the “Stay-At-Home Order” and more people returning to work, we want to ensure the safety of all the pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists on our roadways and this includes ensuring that all Rush Hour lanes are clear of parked vehicles during posted times. Please make sure to read and obey all parking signage relating to Rush Hour parking restrictions and tow-a-way zones to ensure that your vehicle is parked legally. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Police Department at 216-321-1234 for assistance.

The next City Council meeting is this Monday, June 1 at 7:30pm and will be streamed live. The agenda can be found on the City’s website. If you have an issue you would like to bring up during the traditional public comment part of official Council meetings, please email it to Clevelandheightscouncil@clvhts.com and indicate in your message that you would like the statement shared during the meeting. Comments received by 5pm on Monday, June 1 will be read into the record during the meeting.

You are also welcome to watch the Council’s Committee of the Whole meeting that will begin at 6:30pm and then we will go directly into the City Council meeting. You will use the same link noted above.

Free Daily Wellness Calls: 

The Ohio Department of Aging (ODA) announced a free, daily check-in by phone service for Ohio’s older residents to ensure their well-being amid the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency and beyond. The “Staying Connected” service is open to Ohio residents age 60 or older who have a valid phone number. Those living alone in the community are encouraged to enroll.

The automated service, which is available 7am to 6pm seven days a week, contacts participants each day within a one-hour window selected by them during sign-up. Eligible Ohio residents can learn more, or sign up, by visiting www.aging.ohio.gov/stayingconnected or calling 1-833-ODA-CHAT (1-833-632-2428).

Future Heights is also offering "check-in calls" to seniors and other residents of Cleveland Heights. Staff and volunteers will call residents to ensure they are safe during this pandemic, answer any questions they might have, and direct them to resources if needed. Sign up to have someone from FutureHeights give you a check-in call.

And, don’t forget that the Cleveland Heights Senior Center is also available to check on and assist our elder population. Our office has remained open for your calls and emails and to help in whatever ways we can. We began by making check-in calls to Senior Center members and have kept contact with repeated calls and emails. Please let us know if a call would be helpful and we’ll be sure to check in with you regularly. Call 216 691-7377 or email ajenkins@clvhts.com.

Now that many of us have more free time to tend to our gardens, I want to remind you that free mulch is available to all Cleveland Heights residents at the Forest Hill Park parking lot off Forest Hills Boulevard. This is available on a first-come basis while supplies last.

And, if you are looking for something to keep your kids entertained, why not visit these 25 virtual field trips.

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Update 5/26/2020

We are fortunate to have a great resource here in the Heights. The Home Repair Resource Center is performing its housing counseling services remotely for mortgage/foreclosure delinquency, rental assistance, utility service resources, home repair referrals and assistance, and financial coaching and planning. 

The CH-UH School District has been chosen to receive 200,000 pounds of produce to give to our families and community members, thanks to the Farmers to Families program. Heights High School will serve as the pickup spot from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday May 28, June 4, June 11, June 18 and June 25. This will be a drive-through to receive a twenty-pound box of assorted produce. The boxes typically contain items such as apples, potatoes, carrots, onions, and strawberries, but can vary. There will be no paperwork or anything to show; just drive up and receive a box of fresh food. This initiative is thanks to Mr. Ted Copeland, father of Roxboro Middle School teacher Dani Copeland. Mr. Copeland owns Perfect Pact, which received a grant from the USDA to make our District a site for Farmers to Families. 

As a reminder to those that may be looking for a job: The State of Ohio has a special COVID-19 job site that has a number of job openings with immediate needs.

Freshwater Cleveland provides a current list in their “Who’s Hiring” series where growing companies with open positions are featured. 

The Greater Cleveland Food Bank needs donations of money, time and food. The demand for food has been extraordinary. If you need help, please contact their Help Center by calling 216.738.2067 or visit GreaterClevelandFoodBank.org/Get-Help/Help-Center. If you can donate, you can do so online at GreaterClevelandFoodBank.org/Give or call 216-535-2051 to donate over the phone. 

As a reminder, we are once again asking that you temporarily refrain from setting out large, bulk items for pickup on your trash day until we resume full operations. You can always bring your bulk items to the service garage at 14200 Superior Road, where dumpsters are available for your use. We appreciate your patience and assistance as we work with a reduced staff during this health crisis.

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Update 5/22/2020

I’d like to remind everyone to be extra cautious at this time as new scams are popping up regularly. Scammers are contacting people claiming to be tracing COVID-19 contacts. While legitimate health agencies, including the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and the Cleveland Department of Public Health, are calling people to complete contact tracing, they will never ask for your Social Security number or bank account information. Do not click on links or respond to texts saying you have been exposed to COVID-19. Please report suspicious calls or texts to http://ConsumerAffairs.CuyahogaCounty.US or call 216-443-SCAM.

This is the 46th annual National EMS Week. In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation’s communities. EMS Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine’s "front line."  Even, or especially, during this time of COVID-19, EMS Week is the perfect time to recognize our EMS workers and all that they do for us and for our nation.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruption in the lives of most Americans. As a reminder, some people may be eligible for help paying rent and utilities that may be a struggle for many. I have heard wonderful examples of landlords working with their tenants to help them maneuver through this challenging time. The State has encouraged lenders to provide loan relief and we are hopeful that cooperative arrangements between tenants and landlords can be reached.  If you are a renter and are concerned about this issue, there are resources available to you. View and download the City of Cleveland Heights Renters Resource Guide.

 As a reminder, residential customers who are facing a hardship in paying their utility bills due to the lack of income during this time should contact each utility to discuss options such as budget billing as well as energy assistance programs or other payment arrangements based on customers’ situations. Please visit www.firstenergy.com for more information. Cleveland Water is temporarily stopping and restoring disconnections. Please visit www.clevelandwater.com for more information. And Dominion Energy Ohio is also suspending service disconnections for nonpayment during the pandemic. For more information visit www.dominionenergy.com/coronavirus.

 Additionally, you should have recently received your Cleveland Heights utilities bill. We understand that during this challenging time, it may be difficult for some people to make their full payment. If you are a struggling household, please call 216-291-5995 (and leave a message) so we can discuss possible special payment arrangements.

 Another great resource I want to remind you about is The Legal Aid SocietyThey created a comprehensive resource on civil legal issues related to COVID-19. For example, the “What are Tenants Rights during COVID-19?” page clarifies which properties are covered by the federal law delaying evictions, utility protections, and more. The page “What are Worker Rights and Benefits during COVID-19?” includes information on unemployment eligibility as well as medical leave. Legal Aid also launched a Worker Information Line to support those who have questions about their rights at work or unemployment benefits. Call 216-861-5899 and leave a message with any questions. A Legal Aid staff member will return calls weekdays between 9:00am and 5:00pm within 1-2 business days. Additionally, you can view Frequently Asked Questions related to COVID-19.

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Update 5/20/2020

Yesterday, Governor DeWine announced the State of Ohio was moving away from “orders” to “strong recommendations” regarding the coronavirus. The last few weeks of announcements and openings have rightfully created some confusion for us all regarding the impact of COVID-19. On the one hand, the State appears to be relaxing restrictions and allowing reopening of businesses while cities, including the City of Cleveland Heights, are canceling activities and limiting access to public buildings. As if the pandemic itself wasn’t enough, we are now finding ourselves trying to navigate what feels like a myriad of conflict in what we should and should not do to protect ourselves and our families. 

The City remains committed to this community’s health and safety. It is our paramount priority. As we endeavor to keep you safe, we remain focused on the guidance of public health experts, including the CDC, in our fight to contain COVID-19’s spread in our community. 

Here are a few of the things that we know:

  • COVID-19 continues to spread in our community as shown by our increasing case counts, hospitalizations, and deaths.
  • Those who are asymptomatic or presymptomatic can spread the virus to others, possibly unknowingly.
  • Testing capacity is limited so only a small fraction of the community with the highest risk factors are being tested. Public health officials at every level have continued to warn us that our reported numbers do not reflect the full picture of those impacted by this dangerous virus.
  • Community transmission can be mitigated by limiting activity to only the most essential tasks, avoiding crowds of any size, wearing face coverings, washing hands frequently and disinfecting common surfaces as often as possible.
  • Supplies, including personal protective equipment (PPE), hand sanitizer, and basic disinfecting products are experiencing a global shortage.
  • We will be living with the reality of COVID-19 in our daily lives until there is an effective vaccine. 

Though it may seem like our responses are worlds apart, the Governor and Ohio’s Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton have not wavered from these facts. In fact, the new set of State “recommendations” continue the ban on gatherings of 10 or more people and advise that people stay at home except for engaging in essential activity. The City of Cleveland Heights has delivered and will continue to provide essential services to the community while keeping our staff and the public as safe as we can.  

This has meant making some very difficult decisions regarding summer activities and other cancellations that some may argue are indeed essential to health in other ways. Yes, protocols have been prescribed for reopening various sectors but guidelines, protocols, and recommendations only go so far as our willingness to adhere to them and our ability to implement them. The facts have not changed. And, while we all learn to live with this new reality, that doesn’t mean we should assume more risk than absolutely necessary especially when the downside of that risk includes serious health complications and death. 

I want to caution us all to continue to be vigilant in protecting ourselves and loved ones and reevaluate the things that are most important to us. Fear is a reasonable reaction, but I am not asking you to live afraid. I am asking that together, we commit to doing the things we know will mitigate the risk to our own or someone else’s life. The Governor now calls those things “strong recommendations,” which means we have a choice in deciding to follow them or not. I hope we all choose well.

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Update 5/15/2020

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as National Police Week. This week, as we honor our Cleveland Heights Police force, I hope you will join me in acknowledging their exceptional work, as well as recognizing and remembering our fallen officers and K-9s, and their families. 

Cleveland Heights and a number of our neighboring cities made the tough call on May 14 to cancel all summer programs. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) still advises that the best way to reduce the spread of the coronavirus is limiting face-to-face contact with others including keeping a minimum of 6 feet of distance from other people and avoiding gathering in groups of any size outside of your household. The anti-gathering protocols apply even when social distancing is possible. There are additional cleaning and sanitizing protocols that would also need to be followed. The City gave careful consideration to our ability to implement all of the necessary CDC protocols to keep people safe and determined it would be very difficult to do so.  The health and safety of the community is our main objective. 

A fun way to support our local businesses launches today with Shop Local Bingo. Each week, for the next five weeks, a new Bingo card will be added featuring 24 local businesses. Every Bingo you submit will be entered in a weekly drawing to receive a Cleveland Heights dinner/dessert/beverage/groceries/gift experience on us – a $50 value for your choice of featured business – two $25 gift cards. The Bingo card is available online at https://www.clevelandheights.com/Bingo or on Facebook and Instagram.

This year’s “We Are Noble” community celebration by Noble Neighbors will take place May 15-17 but with some adjustments due to COVID-19. Instead of gathering at yard sales, institution-sponsored events and parks, the festivities will take place on the streets.

Show, Support, Serve and Savor” are the themes for this year’s event. Show: Residents are encouraged to “display your celebration and thanks at your home” using signs, flags, banners, sculptures, balloons or lights. Support: Donations of hygiene items (including diapers), cleaning supplies and disposable products are being sought, especially from 10am to noon on Saturday, May 16 at the Start Right Church Food Pantry (977 Caledonia Avenue on the Winsford Road side of the building). Serve: Residents are encouraged to choose a block or two to pick up litter in their neighborhood. Savor: Take a walk or drive around the neighborhood and enjoy the displays of celebration and gratitude.

We’re looking forward to a partial reopening of the Heights Libraries. Beginning May 18, the Lee Road branch will offer curbside pick-ups for items on hold, phone assistance, and home-bound delivery. Library staff will be getting the buildings ready for a partial reopening that will allow a limited number of customers to access services in the lobbies - new hold pick-ups, obtaining tax forms, and using copier and fax machines. Lobby service begins June 2 at the Lee Road branch and June 9 at Coventry, Noble and University Heights branches. The lobbies will be open Tuesday and Thursday from 1 to 9pm; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 5pm; Senior-only hours are from 10am to 12 noon on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Customers must wear face masks to gain entry into the buildings. Please check their website for all the details. 

This weekend spend a little more time exploring this amazing planet. For kids, but adults will also enjoy these virtual tours. https://theeducatorsspinonit.com/virtual-field-trips-for-kids/

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Update 5/12/2020

Looking to support our local businesses? Starting this Friday, May 15 the City is launching a fun program to encourage you to visit many of our open businesses. We call it Shop Local Bingo. Available online at www.clevelandheights.com/Bingo or on FaceBook and Instagram, is a Bingo card featuring 24 local businesses. Each week, for the next 5 weeks we will add a new card with even more businesses to visit. So, get ready to play Shop Local Bingo. See rules if you want to WIN PRIZES! 

Every Bingo you submit will be entered in a weekly drawing to receive a Cleveland Heights dinner/dessert/beverage/groceries/gift experience on us - a $50 value for your choice of featured business - two $25 gift cards. 

Have fun and thank you for your continued support of our many local businesses! 

Administrative Services Committee of Council is scheduled to meet
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 5:00 pm
Feel free to join at:
https://clvhts1.webex.com/clvhts1/onstage/g.php?MTID=e6588d90686e0c911b7f63c7a316ffa61

Although it was anticipated that there would be an announcement Monday about the reopening date for child care services, the Governor stated that officials are still working on health and safety protocols. “Reopening child care centers is simply too important without all the best information and protocols in place,” DeWine said. “It’s very important that we get this right. We don’t want to announce a date until we have the protocols in place. We’re focusing on the safety of the kids, their families and the employees.” 

Since the Senior Center had to close two months ago in compliance with the Governor’s Stay at Home order, the Office on Aging staff has been answering calls and emails, checking in by phone to Senior Center members and helping in whatever ways they could. Our Meals on Wheels program continues to operate through the help of dedicated volunteers. Staff made food delivery possible in a pilot program with Heights Emergency Food Center and a new contract is in the works with our Area Agency on Aging to allow us to deliver shelf-stable food to those in need. Seniors are encouraged to talk with one of our social workers to help ease loneliness and reduce the stress that can occur in these uncertain times. Along with being a resource for homemade face masks for any senior requesting one, staff has been delivering books, puzzles, craft projects, and more. They continue to work on programming during this time of social distance and look forward to seeing everyone at the Senior Center in the near future. Please call the Senior Center at 216-691-7377 or email ajenkins@clvhts.com if there’s anything you, or a senior you know, needs. 

May is the month that our lawns spring back to life. I’d just like to remind our residents of the requirement to keep your grass 6 inches or shorter per our City’s Code. We’ve heard some complaints already, and while COVID-19 has impacted our staffing levels, we want you to know that we are still responding albeit slightly delayed. Residents should feel free to call 216-291-5900 or use the Access Cleveland Heights App to report issues. You will receive a response, but we do ask that you continue to be patient with us as we work with a reduced staff. 

Join employment attorney Jennifer Corso on a live webinar geared for the small business owner. Jennifer, a Cleveland Heights resident who cares deeply about the health of our local economy, has partnered with FutureHeights to bring you this free webinar. She is a partner at Petronzio Schneier Co. and has represented Cleveland-area employers in labor & employment law for over 25 years. REGISTER NOW

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Update 5/8/2020

As another week comes to a close, I’d like to recognize and thank all of the outstanding City employees who keep our City operating. I’d especially like to recognize the essential employees who have continued to do their jobs during this unprecedented time. Public Service Recognition Week is a great time to recognize the many important functions of the City of Cleveland Heights team.  

As you likely heard from the Governor, Ohio will begin re-opening hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, spas, and restaurants and bars (outside dining) on May 15. Inside dining will resume on May 21. I am sure you all join me in welcoming our business community back to work. Let’s be sure we show our support by buying local. Also, on Monday, May 12 much of our retail services will open. Online purchases and gift cards are always a great way to support our local merchants until the time that you can walk back in their doors and be greeted by the proprietor. Certain protocols will be put in place to continue to protect the health of employees, shoppers and diners. Please do your part to protect yourself and the community by wearing a face covering. 

Cuyahoga County Receives CARES Act Funding:  Cuyahoga County received $215 million in federal aid for expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Millions have been spent to date including $2 million to purchase PPE and $2.5 million for the Small Business Resource Center and the Small Business Stabilization Fund. Cleveland Heights received an additional $956,215 for 2020 in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). These funds must be used according to HUD guidelines and staff is currently preparing a plan that will allow us to leverage these dollars for maximum flexibility and benefit in a way that is compliant with HUD rules. 

The Cuyahoga County Small Business Stabilization Fund is now accepting applications for a second round of submissions from small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The program provides one-time grants of between $2,500 and $5,000 for small businesses with less than 25 employees. This second round of funding is expected to provide grants to up to 600 small businesses. The first round of funding provided grants to 200 County businesses including 8 Cleveland Heights business.  

I’d like to wish a very Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers. This year’s celebration will likely be different, but taking the time to express our appreciation to our mothers and the mother-like figures in our lives is something we can always do. A gift of take-out from any of our wonderful restaurants or a gift card from many of our merchants is a great gesture of appreciation. Let’s continue to support our local businesses

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Update 5/6/2020

I am excited to announce that yesterday the final step was taken to make the Top of the Hill development a reality. While the City remains focused on the challenges the COVID-19 crisis has created for our entire community in the weeks and months ahead, we are excited to be able to move forward with this project. It represents a major new investment and positions the City for additional growth and development in the future. It will also create or sustain important construction jobs with the provisions to hire locally and pay a living wage.

You will be receiving your Cleveland Heights utility bill in the coming days. We understand that during this challenging time some may be facing financial hardships. If you are experiencing difficulty, please call 216-291-5995 (and leave a message) so we can discuss options with you. 

Census Reminder/Update: If you have yet to complete your Census questionnaire, a reminder postcard is on its way to your mailbox, courtesy of the U. S. Census. As of last Friday, the country’s Census response rate stood at 54.6% and Cuyahoga County’s rate at 55.7%. Cleveland Heights is lagging behind many of our neighboring cities and millions of dollars are at stake for our City. It takes just 10 minutes to complete your Census questionnaire (by mail, phone or internet).

Limited SNAP Online Ordering: To reduce Coronavirus exposure while grocery shopping, Cuyahoga Job and Family Services has announced several retailers will provide an option for online ordering using SNAP benefits. Curbside pickup will be available with payment made inside the store or, where available, with a mobile point-of-sale device curbside. Participating stores include Giant Eagle and Walmart:

  • Giant Eagle: All locations in Ohio (online account required) - Minimum purchase amount is $35
  • Walmart: All locations in Ohio (online account required) - Minimum purchase amount is $30

Governor DeWine announced the phased reopening of the state’s economy on May 1 and that he has been working with the owners of diners and chain restaurants to determine safe opening procedures. “Our restaurant group has been working very hard, and they are nearly finished with their plan,” DeWine announced on Monday. “Within the next several days, we’ll be rolling out the protocol for reopening restaurants. We’ll also be able to announce a reopening date,” he added.

Lt. Governor Jon Husted also announced that the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles will reopen in late May. Each BMV site will have to create its own health and safety protocols to protect visitors and the bureau is expanding its “get in line online” platform to encourage Ohioans to check their BMV online.

More reopening information is available at Responsible Restart Ohio. The CDC also offers guidance on reopening.

Update 5/4/2020

Just a reminder that tonight’s City Council Meeting and Committee of the Whole meeting are being live-streamed. Today’s City Council meeting begins at 7:30pm and will be streamed live at http://www.youtube.com/c/cityofclevelandheights/live. The agenda can be found on the City’s website. If you have an issue you would like to bring up during the traditional public comment part of official Council meetings, please email it to Clevelandheightscouncil@clvhts.com and indicate in your message that you would like the statement shared during the meeting. Comments received by 5:00pm today will be read into the record during tonight’s meeting.

You’re also welcome to watch the Council’s Committee of the Whole meeting that will begin at 7:00pm and then we will go directly into the City Council meeting. You will use the same link noted above.

Additionally, on Wednesday at 5:15pm the City will virtually host the next Finance Committee meeting. The agenda and link to participate will be posted later today on the City website. To view the meeting please visit https://clvhts1.webex.com/clvhts1/onstage/g.php?MTID=ebd7aca3497772f11a00b9c383614aaf2.

The Legal Aid Society created a comprehensive resource on civil legal issues related to COVID-19. For example, the “What are Tenants Rights during COVID-19?” page clarifies which properties are covered by the federal law delaying evictions, utility protections, and more. The page “What are Worker Rights and Benefits during COVID-19?” includes information on unemployment eligibility as well as medical leave. Legal Aid also launched a Worker Information Line to support those who have questions about their rights at work or unemployment benefits. Call 216-861-5899 and leave a message with any questions. A Legal Aid staff member will return calls weekdays between 9:00am and 5:00om within 1-2 business days.

Today we had a fire incident during our regular trash pickup. This is a reminder that combustible items are not to be placed in your regular trash collection. We were very fortunate that our public works employee was not hurt nor was the equipment damaged, and nothing else caught on fire. To review tips on proper disposal of hazards materials visit: https://www.clevelandheights.com/261/Hazardous-Waste. Additionally, it is each resident and business owner’s responsibility to be sure that any hot or burning item is completely extinguished before it is placed in or near the trash.

As we continue to work through this unprecedented time, I want to remind you that we are still performing all essential duties. Additionally, even though our City facilities are closed, staff is available to respond to your inquiries. You can find contact information by department here. We continue to ask for your patience as we continue to support City operations with a reduced staff.

Many thanks once again to Longwood Beauty Supply for making another donation to our first responders. This time they presented us with 120 N95 masks. We appreciate their interest in the safety of our safety forces.

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Update 5/1/2020

The next City Council meeting is this Monday, May 4 at 7:30pm and will be streamed live at http://www.youtube.com/c/cityofclevelandheights/live. The agenda can be found on the City’s website. If you have an issue you would like to bring up during the traditional public comment part of official Council meetings, please email it to Clevelandheightscouncil@clvhts.com and indicate in your message that you would like the statement shared during the meeting. Comments received by 5pm on Monday, May 4 will be read into the record during the meeting.

You are also welcome to watch the Council’s Committee of the Whole meeting that will begin at 7:00pm and then we will go directly into the City Council meeting. You will use the same link noted above.

Earlier this year, we had a City Council seat open up with the resignation of one of its members. As always, we have had wonderful interest from our engaged community. Twenty Council applications were received to fill the vacant Council seat. You can find the applications and video interviews posted on the Council Applicant Web page. Staff worked with the League of Women Voters on the video interviews. Council is planning to discuss the next steps in the appointment process during the Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday.

The City’s Readiness and Response Team, made up of City leadership, has been meeting regularly since the onset of the pandemic. We continue to review city services, how to support our businesses, measures to keep our community and staff safe, and preparing for opening our facilities at the appropriate time. This week I implemented a series of work groups to study and prepare for ongoing operations as we adapt to life with COVID-19. The Team is being divided into subgroups to begin working on specific areas:

  • Physical Environment
  • Work Arrangements
  • Alternative Service Delivery
  • Community & Business Response Including Equity & Inclusion
  • Economic Impact & Recovery
  • Communication & Education

Ongoing updates will be provided as action plans are addressed.

Food drives continue around Cleveland Heights to help many of our neighbors in need. The Greater Cleveland Food Bank will be providing fresh fruit and vegetables on May 2, June 6, July 11, and August 1 from 10:00am-12:00 noon at the First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland (3630 Fairmount Blvd). Due to COVID-19 and social distancing, the May 2 mobile pantry will be drive-through only. Please check the website for instructions.

Looking for something interesting to view this weekend? Here are a few options you may find interesting/entertaining:  Take a look inside NASA Glenn Research Center’s facilities . Or do a virtual visit of the National Museum of the Great Lakes to learn the fascinating history of our treasured Great Lakes, which make up 84% of all the fresh water in North America.

I hope everyone has a safe and healthy weekend. It is supposed to be a beautiful weekend and I hope you get out and enjoy our beautiful parks. Just remember that the social distancing guidelines and limiting of gatherings to no more than ten people are still in effect. Also a reminder that all playgrounds are closed because of sanitation concerns. Please continue to follow state and CDC guidelines.

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Update 4/29/2020

As you know, on Monday Governor DeWine announced phase one of the State’s plan for the reopening of some businesses. However, many of the requirements of the Stay at Home Order such as social distancing and limited gathering  are still in place.  Additionally, the Governor and the CDC strongly recommend wearing face coverings while visiting businesses or any occasion where social distancing may be difficult. Let’s all continue to do our part to help eradicate this virus. I am proud of how well our community is doing this while still looking out for their neighbors and supporting our businesses.

To continue to look after the safety and health of our residents and our employees, all City facilities will remain closed until May 31st. Just as a reminder, you can access contact information for City departments on our website and you can leave phone or email messages that will be returned as quickly as possible. We continue to ask your patience as we work through these challenging times with a reduced staff. Our first responders and public works staff continue to perform their duties uninterrupted.

Unfortunately, because of the continued spread of the Coronavirus, a number of community events are being cancelled or delayed. Below is the current list of events being impacted by the pandemic:

May 3 - Launch event for Women Out Walking (new date TBA)
May 4 - Blood Drive at the Community Center (cancelled)
May 20 - Safety Town registration and this summer’s Safety Town program (cancelled)
May 25 - Memorial Day ceremony at Cumberland Park (cancelled)
May 31 - Bike Auction postponed until late summer (new date TBA)

I can’t reiterate enough how important it is that Cleveland Heights have a strong response rate to the 2020 Census - it can mean several millions of dollars for Cleveland Heights. As of today, only 56.9% of our residents have filled out the 2020 Census. This lags behind some of our neighboring cities as well as the state. If you haven’t yet completed the Census questionnaire, I hope you will take the time to do so today. It only takes around ten minutes to complete it online and will help determine the allocation of Federal and State funding for such things as schools, transportation and infrastructure projects. The Census has also mailed questionnaires to many of us so it is easy to complete either way.

Lastly, Cuyahoga County is moving its enforcement of the plastic bag ban from July 1, 2020 to January 1, 2021. The County’s suggested delay of enforcement is aimed to help businesses during this difficult time while knowing that residents and shoppers are doing all they can to get in and out of stores as quickly as possible to limit the spread of the virus. More information on the guidelines of the plastic bag ban and frequently asked questions can be found on their website. 

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Update 4/27/2020

Today, Governor DeWine laid out a phased approach to getting our businesses and economy going. The plan includes the determination of how businesses will protect employees, customers and the public. This includes some requirements that are not currently mandated for essential businesses currently operating. The Governor laid out five protocols necessary to open your business and/or continue operating: 1) employees must wear face masks, as must the customers, 2) conduct daily health assessments, 3) maintain good hygiene: regular hand washing, sanitizing and social distancing, 4) workplace must be sanitized regularly, between shifts and nightly, 5) limited capacity to maintain social distancing. The combination of these measures can help reduce the risk of infection from COVID-19 and help to continue to reduce the number of future cases. He also said that the stay-at-home order and the limitation of ten people at any gathering is still in effect.

May 1 - outpatient health operations and procedures can resume. This includes dentists and veterinarians.

May 4 - manufacturing, distribution and construction companies can begin operating. General offices can also open. However, the Governor is strongly recommending that people continue to work from home as much as possible,

May 12 - consumer retail and services can resume. He reiterated the above noted protocols especially that employees and customers must wear face coverings.

The Governor stated that he would see how this works out and they will be monitoring the numbers (to make sure we don’t see an uptick). He noted that there are a lot of moving parts and this is just the beginning.

Many of our family, friends and neighbors have been severely impacted by the Stay-At-Home order and the closing of many businesses. If you are one of the people who lost their job, here are a couple of resources for businesses that are hiring:

Over the course of this past week, the CHPD and CHFD continued to receive donations of personal protective equipment for our frontline officers. We want to make sure we acknowledge and thank the following for their generous donations:

  • Heights Canine for the disinfectant wipes, gloves and masks;
  • Ms. Chesebrough for making cloth masks
  • Alene Candles for full-face shields for all officers on patrol.

Thank you to all for your support in helping to protect our first responders.

The spirit of Cleveland Heights continues to inspire me and, I am sure, many of you. Whether it is the many donations to help keep City workers safe or streets coming together to show their togetherness. Drive down E. Fairfax and you will see American Flags planted in the tree lawns of many of those households. Or, drive down Queenston and you will see pinwheels in many yards which can really cheer you up. It is such a nice demonstration that we are all truly in this together.

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Update 4/24/2020

The stay-at-home order can be challenging for all of us, but especially so for our seniors. However, Cleveland Heights seniors need not feel alone. The City’s Office on Aging and Senior Center staff are continuing to provide support for senior residents through wellness checks, meal and food delivery, virtual opportunities for socialization. Social workers are available by phone for information and referrals to address the needs of seniors. Stay connected by calling 216-691-7377 or email ajenkins@clvhts.com.

In addition to these services provided by the City, Future Heights started this week to offer “check-in calls” to seniors and other residents of Cleveland Heights who feel they might be in need. Staff and volunteers will call residents to ensure that they are safe during this pandemic, answer any questions they might have, and direct them to resources if needed. Sign up to have someone from Future Heights give you a check-in call: SIGN UP.

In response to COVID-19, Cleveland Heights has temporarily set all of the crosswalks in the City to cycle automatically eliminating the need to push the crosswalk button. For motorists, this may cause some unexpected changes in traffic patterns with cars being stopped at a red light with no cross traffic. This is not a malfunction, but rather the controller is automatically placing a call for a pedestrian. Traffic patterns will be readjusted once the current health crisis has passed.

The Heritage Home Program has been working remotely to continue to provide its services for homeowners who are interested in various rehab topics and project financing. They have now planned for more information sessions to be available for homeowners to join through Zoom and learn about the program. Upcoming information sessions are scheduled for Monday, April 27 at 6pm, Wednesday, April 29 at 7pm and Thursday, April 30 at 6pm. To register call 216-426-3116 or email hhp@heritagehomeprogram.org. For more information please visit https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfZ5aozrVEjFFzpP3jUlPnUcccYjekCav.

Attorney General Yost is working with legislators to clarify the Ohio law on unconscionable sales practices. Price gouging is when a business or other sellers drastically raises the price of an item that is temporarily in short supply, as toilet paper and surgical masks currently are. In Ohio, a state law bans unconscionable sales practices, which would include price gouging even though the law doesn’t define what constitutes gouging. For more information, see this press release. If you believe a business is charging unfair prices, contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at www.OhioProtects.org or 1-800-282-0515.

Point of Sale and complaint inspections continue to be conducted through the COVID-19 pandemic with some modifications so that we may continue performing our duty to the citizenry to protect the health and safety of residents and help to preserve property values in the community. We are performing interior inspections and reinspections on vacant properties and will review any photos, receipts, or private inspection reports to help achieve compliance on violation notices. Overall, there has been positive feedback from both residents and realtors. Call the Housing Department at 216-291-5900 with any specific questions. Leave a message and your call will be returned.

The Governor is expected to share his phase one plan for beginning to lift some restrictions on Monday, but for now the stay at home directive and social distancing guidelines are important measures for our continued efforts to stop the spread of this virus. Thank you to all our residents who are following these guidelines and helping to eradicate the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lastly, for some good news - Tommy’s will be reopening on May 4 for take-out. They will be open seven days a week from noon until 7:00 pm for take-out. I see a milkshake in our future!

Remember to check out all of the other places that are open in Cleveland Heights. Please continue to support our local businesses: order take-out, buy gift cards and shop locally online. View and download the most updated list of open businesses.

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Update 4/22/2020

Happy Earth Day! Today we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Looking for some activities for your kids? Here are some suggestions to educate and promote Earth Day.

Just a reminder, today is the deadline for Social Security recipients, survivors and disability insurance beneficiaries with dependent children, who did not file tax returns in 2018 or 2019, to apply to receive the $500 per child stimulus payment (in addition to the up to $1200 individual payment). You will need to immediately go to IRS and visit the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here section to provide necessary information. If action is not taken promptly, you will have to wait until you file 2020 tax returns to obtain the $500 payment per eligible child. For more information, please read the new press release from Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul. Also, you can find more detailed information about the economic stimulus payment at www.lasclev.org/coronavirus

Legal Aid has also launched a new Worker Information Line answer questions about employment benefits, worker rights, and unemployment compensation. Callers are invited to leave a short message including their name and number, and you will get a call back within 24-48 business hours. Call 216-861-5899 in Cuyahoga County. They are also helping tenants maintain housing throughout the pandemic. Clients who meet certain criteria may be eligible for help and should apply by calling 1-888-817-3777 or online at www.lasclev.org/contact. Additionally, you can view Frequently Asked Questions related to COVID-19. 

The Home Repair Resource Center is performing its housing counseling services remotely for mortgage/foreclosure delinquency, rental assistance, utility service resources, home repair referrals and assistance, and financial coaching and planning.    

Monday, Governor DeWine announced that Ohio’s K-12 classrooms will remain closed through the remainder of this school year. The governor said the move is necessary to both slow the spread of the new virus and to give schools time to figure out how to best protect vulnerable students.

Parents looking for some great social distancing ideas that the whole family can enjoy should check out Northeast Ohio Parent. Also, check out https://www.northeastohioparent.com/blogger/12-cures-for-the-quarantine-crazies.

And, these social media channels provide more activities and ideas too:

As a reminder, each weekday during the extended closure, free breakfast and lunch is available for your children. Visit the CH-UH Schools website for a list of pickup locations.

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Update 4/20/2020

A quick reminder that tonight is our regularly scheduled City Council meeting.

Monday, April 20 at 7:30 pm, and it will be live-streamed at http://www.youtube.com/c/cityofclevelandheights/live. The agenda can be found on the City’s website. At 7:00 pm the Council Committee of the Whole will also be broadcast on the same channel. Both meetings will be aired live on the City’s Television Channel, Spectrum 1020 beginning at 7:00 pm. If you can’t view the live meeting you can always watch later on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/ClevelandHeightsOH/.

If you have an issue you would like to bring up during the traditional public comment part of official Council meetings, please email it to Clevelandheightscouncil@clvhts.com. Comments received by 5pm on Monday, April 20 will be read into the record during the meeting.

The City received 22 Council applications to fill the vacant Council seat. You can find the applications posted on the Council Applicant Web page. Staff is working with the League of Women Voters on interview questions and also steps to facilitate taping the interviews also to be posted online.

Announced last week, the IRS tracking tool called “Get my payment” launched and will inform Americans when they can expect to receive their stimulus checks. The IRS began depositing the first Economic Impact Payments into taxpayers’ bank accounts on April 11. The IRS will begin issuing paper checks to individuals around the week of May 4 and it could take several weeks to get all the checks out. They will be issued in reverse “adjusted gross income order” starting with people with the lowest income first. The IRS stated this timeline is approximate.

As previously mentioned, the current CARES Act has very little support for small and mid-sized municipalities. The Act did however, expand aid to Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) entitlement communities, and as an entitlement community we were notified that we will be receiving an additional $956,215 for 2020. These funds must be used according to HUD guidelines and staff is currently preparing a plan that will allow us to leverage these dollars for maximum flexibility and benefit in a way that is compliant with HUD rules. The required CAC public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, April 21 (see below).

Other meetings that may be of interest to you are also being live-streamed.

Architectural Board of Review: 14 cases from the March 17 and April 7 cancelled meetings will be reviewed at 2:00 pm, Tuesday, April 21 in the first virtual ABR meeting. The townhouse-boarding house project of Dan Siegel and Dimit Architects across Euclid Heights Boulevard from the Top of the Hill is included.

To view the meeting, logon to: https://clvhts.webex.com/clvhts/j.phpMTID=m8469c5be839bd3d404fa8b317f90ea70
Once you reach the website, type the following meeting number: 614 683 864
password: 4-21Arch

Citizens Advisory Committee: Additionally, on April 21 at 7:30 pm a virtual CAC meeting is planned. Use of the supplemental $956,215 in CDBG-CV (Covid-19- related) funds will be discussed. Other communities’ proposed uses include meal delivery, emergency food pantries, rental and mortgage assistance, and small business assistance.

CAC Zoom info to join the meeting:
Topic: Public Hearing: Five Year Plan (2020-2024) and Year 46 (FY 2020)
Please click the link to join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/96222193831

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Update 4/17/2020

The next City Council meeting is this Monday, April 20 at 7:30pm and will be streamed live at http://www.youtube.com/c/cityofclevelandheights/live. The agenda can be found on the City’s website.

If you have an issue you would like to bring up during the traditional public comment part of official Council meetings, please email it to Clevelandheightscouncil@clvhts.com. Comments received by 5pm on Monday April 20 will be read into the record during the meeting.

You are also welcome to watch the Council’s Committee of the Whole meeting that will begin at 7:00pm and then we will go directly into the City Council meeting. You will use the same link noted above.

The State continues to take actions to protect all residents of Ohio. Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost reinforced that "the stimulus checks are intended to be used during an emergency to put food on the table, keep the lights on, and a roof over our heads. It wasn’t meant to pay off an old bill." Yost, in a letter to creditors and financial institutions, warned that the stimulus checks are exempt from state and federal attachment, garnishment or execution and are protected under Ohio law. 

If you have questions about current personal COVID-19 financial assistance, you can visit the Cleveland Heights COVID-19 Unemployment and Stimulus page. 

Just a reminder that Ohio’s primary election will be conducted exclusively as a Vote-by-Mail election for eligible voters, but ballots won’t be mailed out automatically. Voters must request them by printing out an application, filling it out and mailing it to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. For those who don’t have access to a computer or printer, Reaching Heights has made several blank vote-by-mail applications available at the Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus main door for residents to pick up. Once the BOE processes the application, an official ballot will be mailed to the eligible voter’s home address. Ballots must be mailed/and or returned to the BOE by 7:30pm on April 28.

Looking for something to keep you and/or your children stimulated? Explore Cleveland Metroparks from your home with their Online Nature Center! Parents can find activities for all ages including scavenger hunts, crafts, trivia, citizen science opportunities, nature guides and more.

The list of Cleveland Heights open businesses during COVID-19 restrictions is updated and posted to the City’s website regularly. The list is based on the best information available to us at the time. Please contact the individual business to confirm times and availability. Let’s continue to support our local businesses - order takeout/delivery, buy gift cards, make online purchases.

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Update 4/15/2020

The COVID-19 crisis has brought out all kinds of unscrupulous characters trying to scam people out of their stimulus checks. Medicare urges you to stay alert for fraud during the coronavirus national emergency because scammers like to take advantage of people when they’re distracted. Remember that Medicare will never contact you for your Medicare number or other personal information unless you’ve given them permission in advance. You can’t be enrolled over the phone unless you called Medicare first. And never, ever give out your Medicare number. Report anything suspicious to Medicare by calling 1-800-MEDICARE. And learn how to spot fraud.

As I am sure you are aware, this public health crisis will undoubtedly lead to an economic crisis that will significantly impact every level of government, business, organization, and individual in the country. We don’t know yet what that impact will be, but we are already starting to brace for it. The City has instituted a wage freeze, a hiring freeze for most positions, and spending limitations. We also made the difficult decision to lay off 114 seasonal and part-time City team members. The vast majority of those impacted by this decision were working in our recreation programs where, unfortunately, social distancing requirements have eliminated all programming and associated revenue.  The Community Center is closed and it is unlikely those programs will be reinstituted in the next few months. Many of these valued employees have served this City with pride for decades and this was not their fault. We truly hope to be able to welcome them back one day soon.

Most of our revenue sources will be impacted. Income and property tax are our largest source of revenue and there will likely be decreases in both of these areas. We anticipate reductions in other areas, including fees and charges for services, permits and parking collection. I believe we will begin to feel the impact in the 3rd quarter and well into 2021.

Please know, the City continues to perform all essential functions, including our first responders and public works. Working closely with City Council, we will continue to evaluate the fiscal impact of COVID-19 and take appropriate measures to continue providing the best service to our residents and businesses within our budget.

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Update 4/10/2020

Yesterday, FreshWater Cleveland posted a number of Local Job Openings. Thanks to Freshwater for sharing. I hope this will be helpful to those of you who may be looking for a new job.

Additionally, don’t forget that the State of Ohio has a special COVID-19 job site that has a number of job openings with immediate needs.

For those applying for Unemployment Benefits, Ohio Job and Family Services has grown their team processing unemployment claims in the state to 20 times from where it was before the COVID-19 outbreak and stay-at-home order, Lt. Gov. John Husted announced on Thursday. I realize that many people remain frustrated about wait times and even getting through. The State continues to try to improve response times so please be patient and keep trying.

While the Senior Center remains closed, Cleveland Heights seniors need not feel alone. Social workers are available by phone at 216-691-7377 for information and referral, and food issues are being addressed with new programming. Staff are managing the phones so feel free to leave a message and your call will be returned.

Just a reminder, as we are all out enjoying time in our yards, lawn bags are currently not being collected on your regularly scheduled refuse/recycling pickup day. Lawn bags will be picked up at the same time that your loose leaves are collected between March 30 and April 27. Check the Collection Map for your currently scheduled pickup days.

Yesterday, Cleveland Heights Police and Fire had the great pleasure of helping celebrate the 7th birthday of a young resident named Patrick of Elmwood Road. Friends and family gathered around as CHPD and CHFD staged a parade to his house and used one of their robots to present Patrick with a birthday gift (doing their part in social distancing). Patrick recently lost his father, and his grandfather called the CHPD to ask if they could help Patrick celebrate. We are so pleased that we could help Patrick celebrate his special day and maybe even make it a happier birthday.

Today, our Police and Fire Department’s were at it again. Monroe Dancy of Bluestone Road celebrated her 8th birthday today and Cleveland Heights Finest and Bravest once again helped make it a special day.

For those of you missing visits to our many world-renowned museums, visit the Cleveland Museum of Art to explore many of their exhibits and on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 12 noon for virtual activities at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

Be safe this weekend and continue to do your part to eliminate this current health crisis - stay at home, social distance, wash hands regularly.

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Update 4/8/2020

I thought you might find this interesting about our neighbor Case Western Reserve. Because Ohio must double its hospital capacity due to the expected oncoming COVID-19 surge, a plan has been put in place to expand healthcare services at alternative sites. Thank you and well wishes to our University Circle neighbor, Case Western Reserve University’s Health Education Campus, for being selected as a site to treat those mildly ill with COVID-19 enabling the sickest patients to be housed in traditional hospitals.

With the threat of COVID-19 still rising, it is important we all take extra precautions beyond thoroughly sanitizing surfaces, washing hands for 20 seconds, avoiding crowded places, and social distancing. Experts are now saying Coronavirus may live on clothing for at least a few hours and up to several days and from hours to days on other surfaces. Please visit LiveScience.com to learn more about how long the Coronavirus will last on surfaces, and how to disinfect those surfaces. The CDC recommends changing out of “outdoor” clothing as soon as you enter your home if you think you have been somewhere or with someone that is infected. And don’t forget to thoroughly wash your clothes in the warmest appropriate water setting, the CDC wrote in a set of recommendations.

We’re all happy that spring is upon us with warmer temperatures and longer days but for many spring also signals the beginning of allergy season. With all of us on edge about COVID-19, those with seasonal allergies may have a tough time differentiating their allergy symptoms from a possible Coronavirus infection because the symptoms are similar. The major difference is that coronavirus can cause a fever, while allergies cannot. Another major distinction is that there’s also some level of itchiness that comes with seasonal allergies including itchy, watery or puffy eyes. To learn more please visit  https://acaai.org/allergies/symptoms/.

As a reminder, we ask that you temporarily refrain from setting out large, bulk items for pickup on your trash day until we resume full operations. You can always bring your bulk items to the service garage at 14200 Superior Road, where dumpsters are available for your use. We appreciate your patience and assistance as we work with a reduced staff during this health crisis.

And, thank you to another wonderful Cleveland Heights resident who donated 100 face masks to the Police Department, while another generous company donated multiple cases of hand sanitizer for officers to keep in their patrol car. The generosity and appreciation the CHPD  and CHFD has received from our community is overwhelming and so appreciated. 

Please continue to be safe, follow the health guidelines, and support our local businesses.

Update 4/6/2020

For many people in our community these are exceptionally difficult times. With so many people experiencing a job loss over the past few weeks, I wanted to make sure those looking for a job are using a great resource provided by the State. The State of Ohio has a special COVID-19 job site https://jobsearch.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/jobsearch, that has a number of job openings with immediate needs. Another resource is Ohio Means Jobs, https://ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/site/jobs/resources/ohio-means-jobs, that is Ohio’s free, online career counseling center that helps connect businesses to job seekers and provides career services to all Ohioans. They help guide your career search and provide a wide variety of available jobs all across Ohio.

Locally, I’ve learned that Home Instead Senior Care is seeking caregivers to provide critical services to seniors largely in our community, which is especially needed as we fight the COVID-19 crisis. If you know of people in our community looking for part-time or full-time work, please direct them to www.homeinstead.com/116 or have them call 440-914-1400.

If you haven’t yet completed your Census2020 questionnaire, it is not too late. April 1st was National Census2020 Day but that was just a kick-off reminding us to respond to the 2020 Census. You’re being asked to count everyone living in your home including infants and friends and relatives that are staying with you. Completing the Census applies to everyone, whether you rent or own your home, and it takes about ten minutes to complete the form. Visit https://2020census.gov/.

Why is the census important? Over the next decade, lawmakers, business owners, and many others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions. The results will show where communities need new schools, new clinics, new roads, and more services for families, older adults, and children. The results will also inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to more than 100 programs, including Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP.

Last week, we received generous donations of masks, gloves and sanitizer wipes from a Cleveland Heights business and a community organization. That community spirit and support has once again been highlighted by High Rock Pest Control & Sanitizing, a local Cleveland Heights company fortunately still open for business at this difficult time. High Rock offers coronavirus sanitizing/disinfecting for offices and other commercial spaces. Mr. Morris Rokowsky, CEO of High Rock, said that as a way to give back to those on the front lines of this ongoing pandemic, he’d like to offer their disinfection services to our local CHPD at no charge. We were pleased to already take him up on his offer. Many thanks to Mr. Rokowsky and High Rock. Another great neighbor, exemplifying why Cleveland Heights is such a special place to live, visit, and own a business.

I hope everyone is staying healthy and continuing to follow the stay at home and social distancing orders along with frequent handwashing and other preventative measures to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Update 4/3/2020

Yesterday, Governor DeWine and Dr. Acton signed an extension to the Stay-At-Home order that was set to expire on April 6. Because of ongoing concerns, and the ongoing spread of COVID 19 (Coronavirus), the new order is in effect until May 1, 2020. During this time City facilities will remain closed to the public. But, as has been the case these past two weeks, all essential duties will continue. This includes the exceptional work of our Police, Fire and Public Works teams. Others that are behind the scenes will continue to do their work from the office or as much as possible through telework. As a reminder, a full list of contact information is available online and your calls or emails will be responded to. We just continue to ask your patience as we work with a greatly reduced staff.

The Monday, April 6, City Council meeting at 7:30 pm will be live streamed on YouTube Live. Please visit www.youtube.com/c/cityofclevelandheights/live to view the meeting.

Just a quick reminder that the City is still taking applications for the vacant Council seat. The application deadline for the vacant council seat has been extended until 5:00 pm on Monday, April 6, 2020. Please visit https://www.clevelandheights.com/1085/City-Council-Application for more details.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruption in the lives of most Americans. Paying rent and utilities may be a struggle for many, which in turn, creates a hardship for property owners who have mortgage responsibilities. I have heard wonderful examples of landlords working with their tenants to help them maneuver through this challenging time. Reducing or deferring rent can make a big difference in the lives of families, and I commend those landlords who are working individually with their tenants to find a solution. With Governor DeWine’s Order encouraging lenders to provide loan relief, we are hopeful that more cooperative arrangements between tenants and landlords can be reached.

Unfortunately, some may not be able to reach agreement on payment arrangements. If you are a renter and are concerned about this issue, there are resources available to you. View and download the City of Cleveland Heights Renters Resource Guide.

We have been experiencing an uptick in calls in regards to sewer backups. The Cleveland Heights Utility Division urgently reminds everyone that products like wipes, facial tissues and paper towels should NOT be flushed. Flushing products other than toilet paper or bodily waste endangers your home plumbing and our systems down the line.

Once again, I want to highlight what a truly amazing community Cleveland Heights is. This week, the City was honored by generous neighbors who made meaningful donations of needed supplies to the CHPD and CHFD. Yesterday, Mayor Stein, Police Chief Mecklenburg and Fire Chief Dave Freeman joined the President of Chaverim of Cleveland, Mr. Tzvi Turner, where he presented several boxes of masks and sanitizer wipes. Earlier in the week, Mr. Paul Shim, owner of Longwood Beauty Supply on Noble Road, also showed their community spirit by donating 144 masks and six boxes of gloves. Because these items are hard to come by, these generous donations are even more meaningful to our first responders. Thank you to both Mr. Paul Shim and Mr. Turner for their kind and generous donation, which will help keep our first responders safe and healthy.

The City would welcome similar donations if other organizations find that they may have a supply they are not currently needing.

As we continue to follow the Stay-At-Home order but long to explore the Great Outdoors beyond our neighborhoods, here are five national parks that offer virtual tours:

Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska (https://artsandculture.withgoogle.com/en-us/national-parks-service/kenai-fjords/exit-glacier-tour)
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii (https://artsandculture.withgoogle.com/en-us/national-parks-service/hawaii-volcanoes/nahuku-lava-tube-tour)
Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico (https://artsandculture.withgoogle.com/en-us/national-parks-service/carlsbad-caverns/natural-entrance-tour)
Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah (https://artsandculture.withgoogle.com/en-us/national-parks-service/bryce-canyon/sunset-point-tour)
Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida (https://artsandculture.withgoogle.com/en-us/national-parks-service/dry-tortugas/near-little-africa-tour).

I hope you will enjoy viewing the beauty across our great Country.

Cleveland Heights - We Will Get Through This Together!

Update 4/1/2020
With the President’s order to extend the social distancing guidelines of 6 feet or more through the end of April, our local businesses are unable to resume business as usual. That doesn’t mean we can’t continue to support them, though. Many of our restaurants and pubs are continuing to provide food and beverages by take-out or delivery. The City has been providing a list of businesses that remain open (https://www.clevelandheights.com/DocumentCenter/View/6500) and is updating it regularly as we get further information. Many of our merchants are offering their products via online purchases, so check out their websites. And, of course, most of our businesses do offer gift cards, which make good gifts for others or for yourself.

This is a difficult time for all of us, but our small businesses and their employees are especially hard hit. Please continue to support our local businesses - order take-out, buy gift cards, shop online.  

Speaking of social distancing, we are still finding that some people are not following the Governor and CDC’s guidelines. This is not only putting these individuals at risk, but it also risks the health of others. Our Police Department continues to break up these gatherings, but it is imperative that we stress to our friends and family the importance of following these guidelines so we can stop the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) before we lose any more lives.  

As of this afternoon, there were nearly 2500 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio. The Ohio Department of Health said 585 people were hospitalized because of the virus, and 198 Ohioans were in intensive care. Sixty-five individuals have unfortunately lost their lives due to complications from the COVID-19 virus.  

It is important that you stay at home unless you have essential reasons to go out, such as grocery shopping, doctor visits, working in essential businesses or have essential duties. Visit our beautiful parks and take advantage of our walking and biking paths, but keep the proper distance. We need to fight this together. 

Yesterday, Attorney General Yost shared nine tips to avoid falling prey to stimulus check scams. These scammers wasted no time setting up ways to try to cheat people out of this needed support. Be careful and if in doubt, don’t click on any links, and never give out personal information online or by phone.  
https://patch.com/ohio/clevelandheights/s/h2fnw/9-tips-to-protect-your-stimulus-check-from-thieves?utm_source=nearby-news&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=alert

Don’t forget that Ohio’s Primary election deadline has been moved to April 28 and will be vote-by-mail only. The primary election, originally scheduled for March 17, will no longer take place as an in-person election at polling locations. Due to the ongoing health crisis, voting will be conducted exclusively as a Vote-by-Mail election for all registered voters.   

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections should be contacted by anyone with questions or special circumstances. Call 216-443-VOTE (8683), and leave a voicemail or visit https://boe.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/VoteByMail.aspx 

Today is Census 2020 Day. If you haven’t yet completed the Census questionnaire, I hope you will take the time today  https://2020census.gov/. It only takes around ten minutes to complete it online and will help determine the allocation of Federal and State funding for such thing as schools, transportation and infrastructure projects.  

Lastly, please continue to be patient with us as we try to maintain essential services during this health crisis. Our Public Works Department is hard at work and managing with a reduced staff.

Loose leaf and yard waste collection is beginning this week and will run through the end of the month. As usual, pickup of these items is the same day or the following day of your regular pickup. The crew will come through every other week - two pickups during April. Please consult our website to determine your scheduled day https://www.clevelandheights.com/249/Leaf-Yard-Debris-Collection 

With our community following safety guidelines, WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER!

Update 3/30/2020
SCHOOLS TO REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL MAY 1
Governor DeWine announced at the March 30, 2020 press conference that all schools will be closed until at least May 1.

 CDC SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES EXTENDED TO APRIL 30
The CDC recommends maintaining a six-foot distance while in public and avoiding all non-essential travel, eating at bars and restaurants or gathering in groups of more than 10 until at least April 30.

CITY FACILITIES REMAIN CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC THROUGH APRIL 30
The closure of City facilities to the public has been extended through April 30. All essential services and emergency response will continue to be fully operational. Please visit the City’s website for more information.

CORONAVIRUS RELIEF BILL FINANCIAL FAQs 
Stimulus checks intended to ease the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic will soon be on their way. Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act, most Americans will get one-time direct cash payments of up to $1,200 and couples will get up to $2,400. Families will get an additional $500 per child. High-income earners will get less and the highest earners will get nothing at all. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he expected most people to get their payments within three weeks.

Added unemployment benefits will also be processed in the coming weeks. 

The website for Coronavirus and Unemployment Benefits is http://jfs.ohio.gov/ouio/CoronavirusAndUI.stm

For full list of Stimulus FAQs visit: https://www.clevelandheights.com/1278/Coronavirus-COVID-19

BEWARE OF SCAMMERS
Stimulus Check Scam – You may receive an email or phone call from somebody claiming to be from the IRS or another federal agency claiming that you need to go to a website and provide certain information in order to get your stimulus check. They will collect enough information to compromise and steal money from your bank accounts. No federal agency will ever contact you through an unsolicited phone call or email. Information on the stimulus program should only be secured through reputable sources, like www.irs.gov/.

Scammers are also committing online and cyber attacks, working to take advantage of people during the Coronavirus epidemic. Read how to help keep scammers at bay: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/coronavirus-scams-what-ftc-doing.

OUR PARKS REMAIN OPEN…
But equipment and facilities are closed for your safety and that of our community. Social distancing and sanitation made this action mandatory. Please stay away from our basketball courts, tennis courts, ball fields, skate park and playgrounds. Enjoy the outdoors but be sure to comply with the CDC-issued social distancing recommendation.

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Thank You
I’d like to thank all of our residents for their ongoing support in following Governor DeWine’s and the CDC’s recommendations. I am also glad to hear that many of you continue to support our local businesses. Please continue to order take-out/delivery, buy gift-cards, and take a look at what our merchants are selling online and make a purchase. 

Update 3/27/2020
Many thanks to our own Zagara’s Marketplace on Lee Road which is now serving as an additional meal pickup spot for families in need, each weekday beginning this past Wednesday. Pickup time there will begin at 1:30 p.m. Zagara’s once again is proving to be a valuable community partner.

Each weekday through April 3, free breakfast and lunch can be picked up at all other sites from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This food is available for any child whether or not they are our students. On Fridays at all pickup sites, 3 total breakfast/lunch combos can be picked up per child to last through the weekend.

Meal pickup locations 
Board of Education - 2155 Miramar Boulevard
Boulevard Elementary - 1749 Lee Road
Fairfax Elementary - 3150 Fairfax Road
Noble Elementary - 1293 Ardoon Street (door 10)
Oxford Elementary - 939 Quilliams Road (door 2)
Monticello Middle - 3665 Monticello Boulevard
Heights High - 13263 Cedar Road
Zagara’s Marketplace - 1940 Lee Road 

"More than 75 families from our area receive free food and clothing every week" according to The Father Michael Wittman Ozanam Center (FMWOC), a local food pantry and clothing bank located at St. Philomena Church in East Cleveland. FMWOC is an all-volunteer organization and a registered agency with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. It is supported by 14 churches in the eastern suburbs including our Communion of Saints Parish and Church of the Saviour in Cleveland Heights.

“We need members of the community to help us, whether through financial contributions or donated items, or just by spreading the word to those who could benefit from our free services. Even a small donation will go a long way to help our neighbors in need,” noted board member Annette Cappaert. Financial donations can be made payable to Father Michael Wittman Ozanam Center c/o Communion of Saints Parish, 2175 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118. For more information on the organization and its services, visit www.facebook.com/groups/FMWOC.

Important Reminder: Red Cross Blood Drive at Lee Road Library
Tuesday, March 31 starting at 10am at 2345 Lee Road

The Red Cross is currently experiencing a severe blood shortage due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Please give if you feel you can. The Red Cross is taking steps to ensure the safety of donors. Find out more here: https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/dlp/coronavirus--covid-19--and-blood-donation.html 

The Greater Cleveland Food Bank needs donations of money, time and food. The demand for food has been extraordinary. They reported serving more than 4,000 individuals from nearly 1,500 households in one day this week. More than 50% of the clients were children and seniors. Two-thirds were new to the Food Bank and one-third were new to their network of partners, i.e. have not needed emergency food from any Food Bank, food pantry or mobile pantry in the past few years. That is sobering, to say the least.

If you wish to volunteer at the Food Bank, you must sign up in advance. Visit www.GreaterClevelandFoodBank.org/Volunteer to see available opportunities.

Also, donations would be appreciated, and would make a big difference, at the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund of the United Way of Greater Cleveland. They have joined forces with a coalition of Northeast Ohio philanthropic partners to create the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund to deploy resources to nonprofit organizations on the frontlines of the pandemic in our region. Go to https://www.unitedwaycleveland.org

MetroHealth is offering medical support for district families. As a District partner, MetroHealth is offering prescription deliveries, telehealth visits and more for CH-UH families during the COVID-19 outbreak. Information on these programs can be found on the MetroHealth COVID-19 website. Or, call the MetroHealth COVID-19 support line at 1-440-592-6843 or contact Nancy Peppler, CH-UH Community and School Partnerships, at n_peppler@chuh.org.

BEWARE! Stimulus Check Scam – You may receive an email or phone call from somebody claiming to be from the IRS or another federal agency claiming that you need to go to a website and provide certain information in order to get your stimulus check. They will collect enough information to compromise and steal money from your bank accounts. No federal agency will ever contact you through an unsolicited phone call or email. Information on the stimulus program should only be secured through reputable sources, like www.irs.gov/.

I hope everyone has a safe weekend and stays healthy. Please continue to stay at home as much as possible, per the Governor’s order, and maintain the appropriate 6 feet of social distancing.

Update 3/26/2020
Stability and continuity of critical City services is our goal during this ongoing crisis. I invite you to call us or visit our website to explore how you can still do business with the City from the comfort and safety of your home. I’d also like to share a resource guide of federal, state and local assistance that you may find helpful.

I hope this additional information will also be helpful:

• Tax and Voting Deadlines Extended
The IRS (https://www.irs.gov), the State of Ohio (https://www.tax.ohio.gov/) and RITA (https://www.ritaohio.com) have all extended the tax filing deadlines to July 15, 2020.

• All-Mail Primary Extended through April 28
Ohio lawmakers have extended mail voting in the state’s primaries until April 28.
The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections’ office is closed, but it is encouraging anyone who has not already voted in the Primary Election to complete and submit a vote-by-mail ballot application. The board will continue to accept vote-by-mail ballot applications for the postponed March 17 primary election until further notice. Vote-by-mail ballot applications can be printed from 443VOTE.us. Voters may also call 216-443-8683 and follow the phone prompts to ask the board to mail the application.

I’d also like to clarify the information about our officer who tested positive for COVID 19. The Governor’s order at that time was to limit the size of a gathering to 50 or less. The police officer attended a small get-together with much fewer in attendance than the order directed. They were not in violation of any government order at that time. The other officers in attendance have been quarantined and are being monitored carefully. Our concern now is for a full recovery of our officer and the health and well-being of the other officers.

Lastly, just a reminder of the importance of social distancing. This is especially important as the weather improves and more and more people are taking advantage of our beautiful parks. Please keep 6 feet of distance between yourself and non-family members while enjoying the outdoors. Unfortunately, the basketball and tennis courts need to remain closed and we appreciate your cooperation. And, please keep away from the playgrounds as they are not sanitized and could result in the spread of the virus.

Update 3/25/2020
I’d like to commend our Police and Fire Departments for the exceptional service they continue to provide to our city. As a reminder to everyone, it is important that residents do not call 911 if experiencing fevers or coughing. The exception to this would be if you are experiencing difficulty breathing. These unnecessary calls put a strain on our resources, and supplies are limited at this time. Please be sure to call your doctor or an urgent care facility for diagnosis and recommended course of action.

Recently, we learned that one of our police officers tested positive for the COVID 19 virus. He is being quarantined and treated at this time. We have no other confirmations of infection in the Police Department and exceptional measures have been taken to protect our other officers and the public. This is a reminder that we need to heed the Governors orders to stay at home unless it is essential to go out and to maintain the social distancing of six feet.

Our Public Works Department has also taken measures to protect its employees while continuing to maintain normal operations. We will begin picking up yard waste Kraft bags starting on March 30. Loose-leaf collection will also begin on March 30 and will continue through April 30. And, we appreciate your holding off on bulk disposal until this crisis has passed.

In case you haven’t heard, the Cleveland Heights Community Center will be offering free online Zumba classes starting tonight and available Monday/Wednesday/Friday at 6:00pm. Hola! Here’s the invitation for the Zumba class at 6:00 PM EST. 

Join Zoom Meeting for Zumba class
https://zoom.us/j/499863912
Meeting ID: 499 863 912
Stay tuned for more opportunities from our Parks and Recreation Department.

It is wonderful to be a part of such a special community where neighbors look out for each other and residents continue to support our local businesses. Once again, thank you for your cooperation and patience.

Update 3/24/2020
As we all adapt to changes in how we socially interact or how business services are provided, I am pleased to share that the City has continued all essential operations, in some cases with limited staff. Our first responders in Police and Fire continue to serve you on a daily basis. Public Works employees are keeping to our regular refuse and recycling schedules, and are performing other essential duties. And, City leadership continues to monitor the health crisis and adjust business practices so as not to have any disruptions to our major operations while keeping our employees safe.

At this time, we do need to ask for your help and cooperation in regard to the regular collection of your trash and recycling. Our refuse and recycling employees are hard at work today and every day for our community, even as they work with a reduced staff. With many of our residents following the Governor’s order and staying home, we are encountering more trash/recycling and are experiencing significant problems with trash NOT being placed curbside on time. As always, your trash must be curbside by 7:00 am on your collection day. There has also been an uptick in the amount of bulk trash. Because of our reduced staff, and because bulk pickup is not an essential function, we would like to ask your cooperation in discontinuing placing any bulk items for pickup until this crisis has passed and we resume full operation. You can always bring your bulk items to the service department where dumpsters are available for your use.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Update 3/22/2020
This afternoon, Governor DeWine issued a "stay at home" order for all of Ohio effective Monday at 11:59 pm through April 6. Ohioans are instructed to only leave their homes for essential activities including for health and safety, supplies, outdoor activity or if you provide certain essential duties.

These are unprecedented times for all of us and I want the residents of Cleveland Heights to understand that the City will continue to be operational in providing all essential services. Our exceptional Police and Fire Departments will be fully operational to ensure we maintain the health and safety of our community. Our dedicated Public Works team will continue with refuse and recycling pickup and other critical functions. 

Emails have been provided on the City’s website if you have specific questions but we ask for your patience as nonessential functions will not be staffed at this time. Where possible we will assign staff to work from home to continue providing services. As new information becomes available our team will do their best to update you. We hope you will all heed the Governors directive, and the CDC guidelines, and stay home and be safe, and stay healthy.

Update 3/18/2020
There will be no face-to-face City Hall transactions at this time due to the current health crisis. Therefore, in the interest of public health and safety, please follow the following protocols when contacting the City of Cleveland Heights.

Housing Department: Exterior inspections will continue but there will be no interior inspections of the properties, including Point of Sale. (It is possible that these interiors may be subject to inspection at a later date.) In the case of Point of Sale, interior requests from the homeowner or a real estate agent, the staff will make FaceTime or Skype available. 

Anyone requesting an inspection, including Point of Sale must download the forms from the City’s website and send the form either by using the City Hall drop box in the circular drive or by mail with the accompanying payment to City Hall and then an inspection will be scheduled. The link for Housing forms is https://www.clevelandheights.com/205/Point-of-Sale-Inspections. Call 216-291-5900 if you have specific questions.

Building Department: Anyone requesting a permit must download the forms from the City Hall website and send the form either by using the City Hall drop box in the circular drive or by mail with payment. Once the permit is issued and the work is completed staff will coordinate a Face Time or Skype session in order to close out/finalize the permit. All new Construction interiors that are unoccupied will be inspected as usual. Occupied construction will only close out interior permit work with a FaceTime or a Skype session. Building permit forms are available at https://www.clevelandheights.com/154/Contractors. Call 216-291-4900 if you have specific questions. Thank you for your understanding at this time. These measures are put in place for the health and safety of our patrons and our staff. 

Update 3/17/2020
Message from City Manager Tanisha Briley.
The health and safety of our community has always been a top priority for me and our City staff. For the past few weeks, the City’s leadership and the Readiness and Response Team has been monitoring the developments of the coronavirus and taking necessary measures to safeguard the wellbeing of residents and staff. As a precaution, effective immediately, City Hall will be closing to the public. At this time, staff will be onsite to answer any inquiries or concerns residents and businesses may have via email and phone. City services, including our first responders, will continue to serve and support our community, and the Courts will remain open for limited proceedings. Stability and continuity of critical City services is our goal during this ongoing crisis. I invite you to call us or visit our website to explore the many ways in which you can still do business with the City from the comfort and safety of your home. In the meantime, the City’s Readiness and Response Team will continue to meet on a regular basis to monitor all new developments regarding this virus. We will continue to update you on changes through social media and on the City website. 

Update 3/16/2020
Join Tonight’s City Council Meeting by Calling In

In the interest of safety and social distancing, we are highly encouraging residents not to attend tonight’s City Council meeting. A phone number has been established for residents to call in and listen in on the Council proceedings: 1-415-655-0001. You will be asked to enter an Access Code, which is: 647 155 776. When asked for a participant ID, just press #. 

If you have any questions residents are encouraged to share their comments/questions regarding legislative items on the agenda in advance of the meeting by emailing citycouncil@clvhts.com or by calling 216-291-5724. Tonight’s call is listen only.

As always, the City Council meeting will be available for viewing on Tuesday morning. These videos can be accessed through the City’s website or on the City’s YouTube channel.

Ohio Primary Election Postponed to June  
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced that he is recommending the state’s primaries, which are scheduled to take place on Tuesday, be postponed until June to protect voters from the coronavirus pandemic. For more information please visit https://boe.cuyahogacounty.us/

Schools Continue Breakfast and Lunch Programs 
Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District is offering free Grab and Go breakfast and lunch bags to all children in the community aged 18 and under. For a list of locations and times please visit https://bit.ly/2TQ0XOG

Cleveland Heights Bars and Restaurants Close
Governor DeWine continues to take steps to help minimize further COVID-19 outbreak. He issued a new order to bars and restaurants on March 15 instructing them to close as of 9pm that evening. He is encouraging all of these establishments to offer carry-out services. It is critical that we continue to support our local businesses. Check in with our many diverse restaurants, pubs, and bars to see if they are available and providing takeout orders. We must be vigilant in taking care of our health and also vigilant in supporting our local businesses


City Offers Free Parking at All Meters throughout Cleveland Heights
To encourage support of establishments that will be providing take-out service, the City will be waiving all parking fees starting immediately until further notice. This includes all street, City lots and garages. **Permit parking is still required for long-term parking**

Supporting our local businesses - merchants, restaurants, pubs, entertainment venues - is more important than ever! Call ahead or visit the businesses websites to find out who will be open and providing services. 


Utilities Discontinue Shutoffs during COVID-19 emergency 
Residential customers who are facing a hardship due to the lack of income during this time should contact the First Energy to discuss options including budget billing as well as energy assistance programs or other payment arrangements based on customers’ situations and state of residence. Please visit www.firstenergycorp.com for more information.   Cleveland Water is temporarily stopping and restoring disconnections. Please visit www.clevelandwater.com for more information.

Dominion Energy Ohio says it is also suspending service disconnections for nonpayment during the coronavirus emergency. For more information, visit https://www.dominionenergy.com/coronavirus.  


Senior Center & Community Center Closes   
The Senior Center temporarily closed as of March 12. The Community Center temporarily suspended all public programming as of Saturday, March 14 and closes to the public as of Monday, March 16.   

Update 3/12/2020
As information continues to evolve concerning the coronavirus, COVID-19, we are constantly evaluating our actions to help protect the health and safety of our Cleveland Heights community. The Centers for Disease Control and our local public health leadership has provided guidance on social distancing as an effective measure to slow the transmission of the virus. Aggressive action has been taken across the country and we must do the same. Please note that out of an abundance of caution the City has cancelled all City Council Committee meetings, City Council Committee of the Whole meetings, and most Boards & Commissions meetings.  

Currently, the City Council meeting on March 16, the ABR meeting on March 17, and the Board of Zoning Appeals on March 18, are still scheduled to occur. Public comment has been temporarily suspended at the March 16 City Council meeting. 


Meetings 
3/16/20 City Council Meeting 
Residents are encouraged to share their comments/questions regarding legislative items on the agenda in advance of the meeting by emailing citycouncil@clvhts.com or by calling 216-291-5724. Residents will also have the opportunity to call in to a conference line to listen in on the Council proceedings. The call-in number will be published on the City’s website. As always, the City Council meeting will be available for viewing immediately following the end of the meeting. These videos can be accessed through the City’s website or on the City’s YouTube channel.  

Additional Closures and Protective Measures: 
Senior Center/Community Center The Senior Center is temporarily closed as of March 12, 2020. 

The Community Center is temporarily suspending all public programming beginning Saturday, March 14, 2020. The Community Center will close to the public on Monday, March 16. Please note that the Community Center is a polling location and will be open for voting on Tuesday March 17. 

City Hall 
Residents are encouraged to avoid in-person visits to City Hall and instead use the City’s online services where possible, mail or email documents instead of bringing them in, or call respective departments for specific needs or questions. You can call 216-291-4444 for assistance. The City’s app, Access Cleveland Heights is another tool that can be used to communicate virtually with the City to minimize in-person visits. 

Service Appointments 
We encourage residents who are not feeling well or otherwise self-quarantined to reschedule appointments for service that require City personnel to enter their residence. Appointments requiring City personnel to enter residences will be preceded by a confirmation call from City staff which may include questions about health status. 

Please visit the City’s website for more information at www.clevelandheights.com.