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Update from Cleveland Heights City Manager Tanisha R. Briley - May 1, 2020

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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.

#ClevelandHeightsAllTogether

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