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Posted on: June 5, 2020

City News Update - June 5, 2020

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On  Wednesday, more than 500 mostly young adults rallied at Cleveland  Heights City Hall to peacefully protest the systemic racism that results  in people of color being treated  differently, and as we saw with George Floyd, this resulted in an  unconscionable death. The Protest for Peace was organized by Avery Pope and Tyler Thompson,  both college seniors and Lutheran East High-School alumni. We thank  them for their leadership in organizing this peaceful gathering and for  starting an important dialogue. We applaud these young people for their activism and interest in making this world better for all. City Manager Briley and Police Chief Mecklenburg committed to furthering the discussion on our policing policies. "I look forward to continuing this dialogue," Briley said. Details will be shared in the next two weeks.
Upcoming Meeting Dates

Planning and Development Committee of Council
Monday, June 8 at 5:00 pm
https://clvhts.webex.com/clvhts/onstage/g.php?MTID=e327aa6b3fc43c558c0490011d52637ba

Administrative Services Committee of Council
Thursday, June 11 at 6:00 pm
https://clvhts.webex.com/clvhts/onstage/g.php?MTID=ee8f47bcb78440741a5417a3e22965e85 

Parks and Recreation News

Starting on June 10, all City playgrounds  will reopen after the Governor lifted the restrictions. The City is also  looking at the possibility of reopening outdoor non-contact activities  in the coming weeks. Stay tuned  for further updates.  


COVID 19 Updates

Governor DeWine announced on Tuesday that Ohio intends to reopen schools in the Fall, but individual starting  dates will be up to each local school board. He also announced that  health care providers may resume all surgeries and procedures that had  previously been delayed if they meet safety criteria.  Additional information can be found on the new Ohio Department of Health Director’s Order that Amends the Requirements for Non-Essential Surgeries and Procedures.  

Ohio was recently approved for the federal Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)  Program in response  to Ohio children K-12 who missed out on their free or reduced-price  breakfast and lunch at school because of COVID-19. Now, children are  starting to receive that benefit - representing the meals they missed -  in the form of a credit to spend at local grocery  stores and other retailers. This amounts to approximately $300 per  child. For most of our families with children who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the P-EBT benefit was loaded onto their card recently. For those families with children who do not  currently receive SNAP benefits, a P-EBT card will be sent in the mail.  This benefit is automatic. Families are not required to sign up for  this program. Families can call the Ohio Department  of Job and Family Services at 866-244-0071 with questions.  

We’ve  spent the last few weeks talking to members of the Cleveland Heights  business community about creative ways we can accommodate customers in  restaurants with diminished seating  capacities in all of our commercial districts. Four initiatives were presented at our June 1 Council meeting: expand the current conditional use permits to allow for a  temporary outdoor dining permit; provide designated curbside pickup in  strategic locations; close certain streets to vehicular traffic during  certain days/times to serve as outdoor dining  and expanded retail business activities; and use specific  City-owned property and/or designate areas within a district as  outdoor dining or refreshment stations or entertainment districts. We will pursue the initiatives that are deemed feasible and supported by our businesses in an expedited manner.  


Here is a link to another fun virtual tour with ideas to engage and entertain your children and yourselves: An educator from the Children’s Museum of Cleveland provides step-by-step instructions on how children can make their very own simple circuit at home using supplies you already have. Parents can help them experiment with different supplies to see what types of materials are conductors and which are insulators.

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