Friday, July 18, 2014

Update on pothole repairs W14, approximately 50% of area completed & street resurfacing information

The following map reflects areas of road repair completed through approximately July 10th - (green), in-process (yellow) and uncompleted (red) for Ward 14.  Work is being reported in areas marked in red, but we are still awaiting additional information for estimated completion times.


The map above is in result of a meeting and on-going discussions with Director Michael Cox, Public Works and Rob Mavec, Commissioner of Streets.  The last full inventory conducted on Ward 14 Streets was completed back in late June and the following report was posted 6.27.2014 - UPDATE on pothole and street status, City of Cleveland, Ward 14.

In addition to road repairs, the following work is being done as part of the City's resurfacing program:

Resurfacing, curb to curb
  1. W. 17th Street from Brainard Ave to Valentine Ave
  2. Valentine Ave from SR 176/I-71 ramp to west of W. 18th St as well as some additional spot resurfacing areas to Scranton Rd.. Work also being coordinated with ODOT on freeway ramps from traffic circle at W. 14th St to Valentine Ave.  
  3. W. 39th St from Archwood to Mapledale Avenues
  4. W. 35th St from Mapledale to Riverside Avenues
  5. Skeel Court from W. 42nd St to end ($10k)
  6. W. 32nd & Woodbridge, intersection 4 ADA ramps being installed.
  7. W. 61st St from Denison to Barberton Ave
  8. W. 67th St from Denison to Barberton Ave
Resurfacing - spot resurfacing

  1. W. 33rd from Denison Archwood
  2. W. 46th from Bragdon Nissen
  3. W. 48th, 3256 address
  4. W. 65th from north side of intersection with Denison Avenue
  5. Carlos Ave from W. 47th to W. 49th
  6. Erin Ave from W. 25th to W. 32nd
  7. Mapledale Ave, Intersections  at W 32nd and W. 33rd, need 20' patches

Note, constituents are encouraged to report pothole and other related streets issues to our office as well as the Division of Streets and the Mayor's Action Line using the information below:
  • Brian Cummins, Ward 14, bcummins@clevelandcitycouncil.org
  • Division of Streets, 216-664-2510
  • Mayor's Action Line, 216-664-2900

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Proposed Ord 880-14 RNC Convention Authorization

The following ordinance is being considered by Cleveland City Council for passage under an emergency ordinance.  The ordinance would provide authorization to the Mayor to enter into agreement with the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee, Inc. to hold the 2016 RNC convention.  The ordinance includes a proposed $2.5 million contribution being requested to be paid by the City of Cleveland to the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee, Inc. for economic development and promotion purposes. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Denison Avenue Reconstruction Project Update - Work to begin from Fulton to Pearl Road


On Monday, July 14, 2014, at 7:00 AM, weather permitting, the Maintenance of Traffic provisions for this project will be revised.  Denison Avenue will have the active construction area, from W65th to Fulton, extended to West 25th St on the north side of Denison Avenue.

The closure to eastbound traffic will be extended to West 25th street. 



Eastbound traffic will continue to be detoured at East 65th street and will re-access Denison via Clark or Lorain to West 25th to Denison. One lane of westbound traffic will be maintained along the south side of Denison during this phase of construction.

The W65th to Fulton section is expected to be completed in the next few weeks.The portion from Fulton to W25th is expected to re-open to two-way traffic in Early December, 2014.

The City has placed message boards announcing this change along Denison, between Fulton and W25th, stating that Denison is to be closed to eastbound traffic and to follow the signed detour.  In addition, the City Public Information office has sent out an official Public Notice of this traffic pattern change, and the contractor began notifying all the affected agencies earlier this week.

If there are any questions regarding this notice, please call 216-664-2256.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

RNC 2016 Cleveland Convention by the numbers - what can we expect

With the pending announcement of the 2016 Republican National Convention being held in Cleveland, here is a look at the reported economic impact that the RNC convention had on Tampa Bay from August 27-30, 2012.  In addition to the $404 million in total monetary impact there were over 10 billion worldwide media impressions of Tampa Bay in 2012 because of the Convention.

RNC 2016 Cleveland Convention by the numbers - what can we expect.
(Impact data from Tampa Bay 2012 RNC Convention)
  • $60 to 70 million reported commitment needed from Greater Cleveland Host Committee.[$55 million, 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee amount raised.  Note $10 million was donated as in-kind contributions.  See Donations to the Tampa Bay Host Committee
  • $404 million, total economic impact, with $214 million in direct expenditures made in Tampa Bay.
  • $363 million,  increase in taxable sales for month of August 2012, eight-county area.
  • 10 billion worldwide media impressions of Tampa Bay in 2012 because of the convention.
  • 50,000 convention visitors
  • 15,000 national and international media personnel
(click on images for for a lager view)

 


And, more numbers, a break down:
  • $291.5 million, infrastructure investments by AT&T, Sprint, TECO Energy & Verizon.
  • $50 million, Federal grant for security for the 2012 RNC convention.
  • $18 million, expenditures on hotels in Tampa Bay,
    •  representing 76,000 room nights @ $237/night
  • $1.9 million, increase in gross sales at Tampa International Airport
  • 4,567 volunteers filled 10,000 volunteer roles as the 
  • faces of Tampa Bay during the week.
  • 500 registered small businesses as part of The Small Business Network Directory, marketed to delegations, media and guests in the months leading up to the Convention in order to promote our local small business community
  • Outreach Initiatives in Tampa Bay Area in 2012
    • Military and Green initiatives, Coastal Cleanup Project at Bay Pines VA Hospital Campus in Pinellas County
    • Health and Wellness Water Station, Management, Miles for Moffitt in Tampa.
    • Children and Families, CASA Domestic Violence Emergency Shelter in St. Petersburg.
    • Literacy, Book collection in Tampa
    • School Readiness, School supply collection
    • Food Distribution, Canned food collection
    • School Readiness, Underwear and socks collection for Clothes to Kids
    • Military/Children and Families, Housing improvements, Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay, renovated 35 homes making them safer, healthier and more energy efficient for residents.
REF:

Political Conventions and their economic benefits
- taken with a grain of salt


Rejecting “Conventional” Wisdom:
Estimating the Economic Impact of National Political Conventions

4-1-2008, by Robert A. Baade, Robert Baumann, and Victor A. Matheson,

EXCERPTS: 

"...Our examination of 18 national political conventions from 1972-2004 suggests that the promoters’ rosy economic projections are overstated, and these events have a negligible impact on local economies..."

"...convention promoters often suggest that prominent events such as the Republican and Democratic National Conventions give cities immeasurable benefits in terms of national and international exposure by being placed in an intense media spotlight. While this contention may be true, it must be realized that the attention a city receives may not portray the city in a positive light..."

"Conclusions
     This paper provides an empirical examination of the economic impact of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions on local economies. Confirming the results of other expost analyses of mega-events, particularly sporting events, this paper finds no statistically significant evidence that these huge conventions contribute positively to a host city’s economy.
     Our analysis from 1970-2005 of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the country, including all cities that have hosted one of the national conventions during this time period, finds that neither the presence of the Republican nor the Democratic National Convention has a discernable impact on employment, personal income, or personal income per capita in the cities where the events were held.
     While the conventional wisdom regarding national conventions is that they bring fame and fortune to host cities, our results suggest that any economic benefits are quite elusive. People should view promises of economic windfalls from hosting national political conventions in the same way they should view the campaign promises of the candidates at these very conventions – with skepticism."


Media coverage:

Friday, June 27, 2014

UPDATE on pothole and street status, City of Cleveland, Ward 14

In response to the many calls being received at the Ward 14 Council office, this post attempts to inform and document for constituents, the work being done to hold the Division of Streets and the Mayor's Administration accountable for the lack of service response in repairing the City of Cleveland's streets.

Since the last snow fall on March 19th, the Ward 14 Council office has attempted to inventory, track and report streets as well as specific locations that need potholes and street repairs. On Monday April 28th, Council's Public Works Committee held a four hour hearing in which Council was told that residential streets could be expected to be serviced by the end of June.

Although there was significant work completed in servicing primary and secondary arterial streets, a very small portion of residential streets have been serviced to-date.

In an effort to hold the Administration accountable for the lack of service and communications about the process and expected times for completion, I've asked for a meeting with the Director of Public Works as well as other responsible staff for next week.

As stated in our Committee meeting in April and most recently, constituents have the right to expect a reasonable response to service requests.  A reasonable response should include an expected time service should be rendered.  This has not been the case for the vast majority of pothole service requests.  Without an estimate of when a repair will be made, constituents lose faith and confidence in our City government's ability to carryout services for taxpayers.

Note, constituents are encouraged to report pothole and other related streets issues to our office as well as the Division of Streets and the Mayor's Action Line using the information below:
Currently our office has reported the following streets and locations as needing service:
  1. W. 17th St, from Buher to Valentine Ave
  2. W. 30th St, from Sackett to Clark Ave 
  3. W. 38th from Archwood to Mapledale Ave
  4. W. 39th from Archwood to Mapledale (to be resurfaced).
  5. W. 41st St, from Archwood to Mapledale Ave
  6. W. 42 St, from Archwood to Mapledale Ave
  7. W. 47th St, from Denison to Storer Ave (reports of three accidents/damage).
  8. W. 48th St, from Denison to Storer Ave
  9. W. 49th St, from Denison to Storer Ave
  10. W. 50th St, unsealed and failing utility cut between Denison and Carlos Ave.
    a. 3207 W. 50th W. 50th St, large hole, orange barrel placed in mid-June, also another orange barrel 50 feet away from this hole as well as a metal plate placed to cover a cave in.
  11. W. 52nd, W. 54th St, Denison Avenue to Clark Ave
  12. W. 56th Street, from Denison Avenue to Clark Ave
  13. W. 58th St, from Denison to Clark Ave
  14. W. 61st St, from Barberton to Storer Ave
  15. W. 62nd St, from Denison to Clark.
    Specific large pot holes
    a. Front of 3382, 3428, 3466 W 44th St
    b. Front of 3525 W 45th St, two extremely deep pot holes.
    c. Front of 3567 W 46th St
  16. W. 65th St, from Denison to Clark Ave
  17. W 67th St from Denison to Clark Ave
  18. Almira Ave at w. 82nd St
  19. Archwood Ave, multiple utility cuts that are not seal-coated and are showing cracking and deterioration.
  20. Brinsmade Ave, intersection at W. 86th St, including an large unsealed and deteriorating utility cut ajust west of W. 86th St
  21. W. 86th Street, from Denison Ave to Brinsmade Ave
  22. Bush Avenue, from Fulton to W. 46th St
    a. Also several street failures. i.e. several cave-ins around sewer grates and catch basins.
  23. Castle Avenue, from W. 25th St to Scranton Rd
  24. Carlos Avenue, from W 46th Street to W 52nd St
  25. Carlyle Ave at Fulton Rd
  26. Clark Avenue, entire street – potholes are occurring in locations where pothole Killer initially patched in April.
  27. Daisy Avenue, from W. 25th Street to W. 34th St
  28. Dearborn Ave at 7100 block
  29. Denison Avenue at W. 47th St
  30. Eichorn Ave, from W. 46th to W 52 St
  31. Erin Avenue, from W. 25th St to Fulton Rd
  32. Hannan Ave, from Bush Avenue to W 47th St
  33. Holmden Ave at Scranton Rd
  34. Library Ave from W. 25th Street to Fulton
  35. Mapledale Ave, from Pearl Rd to W. 34th St
  36. Marvin Ave, from W. 25th to W. 44th St
  37. MetroHealth Main Campus area [HIGH PRIORITY]
    a. Aiken Ave; Englindale Ave; View Rd
  38. Meyer Ave from Scranton to Fulton Rd
  39. Neville Ave, between W. 73rd  and W. 82 St, large unsealed and deteriorating utility cut
  40. Poe Ave from W. 32nd St to Fulton Rd 
  41. Riverside Avenue, from Pearl Road to the cul-de-sac.
  42. Sackett Ave, from W. 25th St to Fulton Ave
  43. Scranton Rd, from Pearl Rd north to Wade Ave
    a. Large hole (emergency repair), at 3211 Scranton Rd
  44. Seymour Ave, from W. 25th St. to Scranton Rd.  Includes a cave-in and several large spot-resurfacing areas
  45. Valentine Ave from Innerbelt access road to Scranton Rd
  46. Walton Ave from W. 25th St to Fulton Ave, multiple unsealed utility cuts.

In addition to our office requests for pothole and street repairs, the following is the City of Cleveland's 311-Call Center report for Ward 14 for all pothole and street service requests made from 1.31.2014 through 6.23.2014.  Click on the document for an enlarged view.

In addition, here are my notes from the Public Works Committee meeting held on 4.28.2014 that dealt with resources, processes and expectations for street servicing.

In addition to this report on pothole and streets servicing, I'll be posting under a separate article the Ward 14 resurfacing plan for this summer.

In the media:

Counclimans Corner - Be a Concerned Citizen 
[Public Works and related lack of city services]
by Michael D. Polensek, 6.19.2014, The Collinwood Observer

Some potholes are more than 6 feet long
Joe Pagonakis, Newsnet 5 Jun 2, 2014

Straight from City Hall
News and Information from the City of Cleveland
[search results for pothole]