Thursday, May 14, 2015

Waste Curbside Expansion Project to be completed by October 2015

The City's Division of Waste Collection & Disposal will be completing the Curbside Expansion project by October 15, 2015.  The postcard that will be mailed to the remaining households that are still receiving manual pick-up is provide below along with a map of the final areas to be covered in Ward 14.

An informational meeting will be held at 6:30-7:30 on June 24th at Estabrook Recreation Center, 4125 Fulton Road.  For any questions or more details, please call 216-664-3717.

Residents will receive wheeled waste collection carts: a 95-gallon black cart for garbage and a 65-gallon blue cart for recyclables. Seniors, disabled residents and households of three persons or less can request 48-gallon black and blue carts. 

Homestead Exemption - Residential property owned and occupied by senior citizens 65 years of age or older and/or disabled with an annual income less than $29,500 may be eligible to receive the Homestead rate discounted to $4.

The City's automated curbside started as a pilot project in October 2007.  With a struggling economy and drops in City Revenue, the City passed legislation to begin charging a waste fee to residents in December 2007, currently $8.75 per month

Areas in yellow are the remaining locations where automated curbside pick-up will begin before October 2015.

Ward 14 Curbside Expansion Map by Brian Cummins

Monday, May 11, 2015

Aragon Ballroom receives final approvals, interior renovations to begin, opening expected by end of 2015, early 2016.

The Aragon Ballroom project received final administrative approvals through the the City's Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) today clearing the way to receive permits for renovations to the interior of the building.  See details and updates posted in April here.

The Historic Aragon Ballroom, a conference and banquet facility, is expected to open in Fall 2015/Spring 2016.

To-date emergency repairs and a majority of the exterior renovations have been completed. The interior renovations will include a new commercial kitchen to service the conference and banquet facility. At today's BZA hearing, the variances the building needed to operate were passed with seven conditions that were agreed to by the owners.  The list is provided below.

Also see the Freshwater article that featured some photos of the unfinished interior.

In addition to the historic Aragon Ballroom, owner Ali Faraj also operates La Villa Conference & Banquet Center located at 11500 Brookpark Road.

Aragon owner Ali Faraj and daughter Abbei, photo credit: Freshwater

Exclusive first look: the Aragon Ballroom renovation
Erin O'Brien, Freshwater, 4/15/2015.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Building Momentum from the Ground Up: A Convening on Local Police Reform - Tools for promoting justice in policing

The following documents represent policy research and tools to assist in sharing best practices from around the country in work being done to bring justice to policing and ensuring better citizen oversight and community-centered policing.

The Center for Popular Democracy, PolicyLink, Communities United for Police Reform, and, Local Progress are four organizations that held a convening last week in New York City where community activists, non-profit organizations and elected officials came together to share their experiences from around the country regarding police and justice reform.  The meetings build on and follow a Convening by Local Progress that was also held in New York City in early December, 2014.


Also see -- 

PolicyLink - Equity Policy Tool


The Center for Popular Democracy works to create equity, opportunity and a dynamic democracy in partnership with high-impact base-building organizations, organizing alliances, and progressive unions. CPD strengthens our collective capacity to envision and win an innovative pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial and economic justice agenda.

PolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity by Lifting Up What Works.

Communities United for Police Reform is an unprecedented campaign to end discriminatory policing practices in New York, bringing together a movement of community members, lawyers, researchers and activists to work for change.

Local Progress is a network of hundreds of local elected officials from around the country committed to a strong economy, equal justice, livable cities, and effective government.

Cleveland Habitat Launches Multi-Faceted Stockyard Initiative - May 7th, 2015

Features Pope Francis and Apostles Build Projects

Location:         3566 West 50th Street, Cleveland
Date/Time:       Thursday, May 7, 2015 @ 11:00 a.m.

See the press release below for the Stockyard Initiative.

“We’re excited about doing this project on the near Westside...We expect to complete five to seven full rehabs, and help 40 existing residents with exterior home repairs.  We are particularly pleased by all of the diverse partners who are joining us on this year’s initiative.”
     -  John Habat, executive director for Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity. 

Stockyard Initiative Partners:  

Habitat Launches 2015 Initiative on Near West Side

NOTE:  $30,000 in Ohio Casino Tax Revenue Funds are being utilized as the Ward 14 authorization, being used to leverage other funding and significant volunteer labor for this home improvement and beautification project.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Planning for the future of Lincoln West High School - Public meeting this Monday May 4th

There is another public meeting this Monday, May 4th to discuss the Lincoln-West building assessment as well as academic planning.  Note that assessment, provided below provides suggested options but no specific recommendations on any particular option.  This assessment will help inform the community conversation as we move forward.

For more information about the high school see:
Lincoln-West High School: Center for International Studies

Here is a good overview of the Building Assessment that is listed below.

Save Lincoln-West pool for $3.3 million or build a new school?
Have your say on Monday

By Patrick O'Donnell, The Plain Dealer, May 03, 2015 at 9:12 AM, updated May 03, 2015 

Also see previous post regarding facilities information.

CMSD Board of Education Presentation: Proposed Issue 4 Segment Plan
Thursday, March 5th, 2015

The following documents help explain CMSD's Facilities Plan released in mid-February and three area meetings scheduled for:  Cluster 4 - Clark Fulton & Stockyard (3/5), Cluster 5 - Old Brooklyn & Brooklyn Centre (3/11), and Cluster 3 - Ohio City & Tremont (3/24).  See full post with CMSD documentation here.