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Posted on: April 24, 2020

Update from Cleveland Heights City Manager Tanisha R. Briley - April 24, 2020

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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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